Posted by Mark Hathaway (@mgregmaine) · Mon, Jul 14 at 4:10pm CST
Mark Hathaway - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014
As an author and public speaker about the patients perspective I am confident that I have much to contribute and also much to learn at Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic. I am excited by the opportunity to share with others my experience as a coma patient who awoke to the reality of living in a world with Locked-in Syndrome where I could neither speak nor move. It took me nearly two weeks before I could signal "yes" and "no" by blinking my eyes, and six weeks before I could utter a sound and move my arm. With medical advancements more and more patients find themselves Locked-in. To my knowledge there is no support community for Locked-in Syndrome at Mayo and I would like to be a part of the formation of that community.
I am equally excited to get the chance, along with my companion, to learn more about the social media skills and strategies which will enable me to fulfill a dream of reaching others to give inspiration, hope, and understanding to those who may be in a similar circumstance or have a loved one who is. Caregivers would learn much from the support I received during my ordeal. In addition, I know that medical professionals can gain insight, compassion, and knowledge from my unique experience.
I do have a Facebook page under Mark Hathaway and another under Author Mark Hathaway. I have a website http://www.worldlockedin.com, a fledgling Twitter account, and have a video of a talk that I would like to edit and put on You Tube. I'll provide a link to my first public talk concerning my book.https://new.livestream.com/accounts/546422/events/2842560 With each talk or public speaking engagement I become more relaxed and capable.
My book "World Locked In: Six Weeks in Coma and Beyond" is now available on Amazon for your review. Medical professionals have rated it very highly as well as those who have been touched by catastrophic events as most of us have been. The memoir has also been named a finalist for a Maine Literary Award. The book has been out less than a year and I am struggling to gain exposure outside of Maine. My first Massachusetts public speaking exposure will take place at a state-wide conference for Respiratory Therapists in early October.
Although I have much to learn regarding social media skills I am positive about my ability to learn those skills and to use them to help establish and solidify a community for Locked-in Syndrome with the at Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. I would welcome any opportunity to contribute to Social Media Week and would be honored to speak publicly at any point during the week.
Again, I am very excited for this opportunity, to give back to those who came to my aid and to pass forward the insight I was lucky enough to experience. I would appreciate your vote which will allow me to proceed to the next step in my quest. Thank you for your consideration and assistance. +
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