We are thrilled to share with you some changes that have been made to WebMD Health Exchange due to some of the wonderful feedback you all have given us.
First of all, you’ll notice that we’ve changed the top of the What’s Happening Now page so that See All Discussions, Tips, and Resources are right at your fingertips. These links will take you to our index pages, which read much more like our old message boards. We’ve also made our posting button at the top larger, and it drops down so you can choose which type of content you want to post.
You’ll also notice that we’ve added some more spacing to the posts themselves, making them less bunched up and easier to read.
AND, we’ve increased the posts per page from 15 to 30.
Along with that, you’ll see that now when you respond to another member’s post, it will say Member_1 replied to Member_2’s response. If you click on the word “response” you’ll be taken back to the original post you responded to so that you can continue reading the thread from there.
When we launched, the option to add a member story on the WebMD Moderated Exchanges was left off. That has been added back in, and you can begin crafting your stories now!
You should also begin to notice that it isn’t taking quite as long for your messages to show up. The problem has not gone away completely. Our tech folks are still working on a final fix. However, you should only have to wait 60 seconds or less to see your post appear on the What’s Happening Now feed. If you’re posting from the See All Discussions or any other index page, your post should show up immediately.
We also fixed a defect that was frustrating many of our members. After you joined an Exchange, created your member story, and then voted on a poll you would often be unjoined from the Exchange and your member story would disappear. This issue has been resolved, and you should now remain joined to the Exchange after voting on a poll.
We hope you enjoy these changes. You’ve given us some great feedback. We’re listening, and these are just the first of the fixes and additions to come. Our tech team is already working on several more changes based on your suggestions and comments.
Please keep writing to let us know what you like, what you don’t, and share your suggestions for the future.
Yours in Health, The WebMD Health Exchange StaffView Thread
I'll start by saying that I know everyone would like the old boards back, but they are no longer available. And honestly, they were not working well anymore, which was why we needed to implement something new.
We want to make the reading and interacting on the new forums less confusing, and in order to do that we need you to tell us exactly what you find the hardest to do. Give us as many concrete details as you can.
Is it hard to read because your board/conversations move too fast?
Is it because the What's Happening Now feed only shows what's new?
Is it because you can only see 15 posts at a time on the What's Happening Now page?
Is the page too cluttered?
Tell us exactly what makes it hard or confusing and how you'd like it to behave.
We will pass all of your comments and suggestions along to our engineering and management teams and keep you informed about what changes are coming.
One tip to find your way back to that exchange (or any other exchange) is to click on the Bookmark This link at the top right hand corner (you will see the link after you are logged in) to add it to your "My Exchanges" watchlist.
How are you doing now? I'd love to hear about your experience. While I have transplant experience (kidney tx in 02, pancreas in 08) I was fortunate enough to have something that could keep me alive long enough to wait for an organ. Dialysis wasn't fun, but it was do-able and insulin had been my companion since 1966. How do you feel it is different for folks like you that are much more on the edge of life and death? It must be much more nerve wracking and in some ways you must feel such strong emotions after you receive the gift.
It is now the second anniversary of my pancreas transplant (7 1/2 years since my new kidney). It has been a very weird 2 years. I came down with a CMV infection after the surgery and after a while (6 months post tx) I ended up in the hospital and spent 7 months there. On the plus side, my fiance stuck with me and we got married last summer. I've been delinquent due to the poor health and the wedding so I'm finally getting to the point where I am able to write to my donor family. I want them to know that I think of them practically every time I eat (no insulin required any more) and every time I test my blood sugar(not that frequently any more). While I don't think I would every have the surgery done again if I needed it, it has been an amazing ride.
Dear Members, At 12:00 PM Eastern Time tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 25), our WebMD message boards will...
Posted by Emma_WebMD_Staff
At 12:00 PM Eastern Time tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 25), our WebMD message boards will go to Read-Only status while we port over the past year’s content into our new WebMD Health Exchange. This means that you will be able to read messages that have already been posted, but you won’t be able to post new messages.
Please be sure you have a support plan in place if you need support during this time.
At some point, the boards may go completely dark for a couple of hours. During this time, if you need extra support you can reach out to our moderator team by writing to ExchangeWatch@webmd.net, understanding that that they are not Health Professionals and so cannot answer any medical questions. Please keep those for when our Exchanges launch.
On Friday evening after 6:00 PM ET, the WebMD Health Exchange should be open and ready for posting. Later today, our moderators will be providing you with links to the Exchanges which correspond to your current boards. Be sure to save those links so that you can easily find your friends in the new community site.
However, if you forget to save the links and you’ve already bookmarked your current boards/added them to your browser's favorites, your bookmarked links should redirect you to Exchanges.
We look forward to seeing you all in the WebMD Health Exchange!
Dear Members, On Friday, February 26th WebMD is going to bring you the new WebMD Health...
Posted by Caprice_WebMD_Staff
On Friday, February 26th WebMD is going to bring you the new WebMD Health Exchange!
This next stage of community here at WebMD has been created to provide our members with access to MORE expert feedback on a diverse group of health and wellness topics and to offer members the chance to customize their community to better fit their own needs.
On Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon our current message boards will be put into a read-only state, which means if you visit you’ll be able to read the posts, but not add new messages. The boards will remain read-only through Friday, Feb. 26, and will be completely down for a few hours as we port over the content from boards into the new Exchanges.
On the evening of February 26th, The WebMD Health Exchange will open its doors to our members and the public.
Any bookmarks that you have set for message boards will redirect you to your new space within The WebMD Health Exchange. If you do not have your favorite board links saved, you may want to do so before Thursday, Feb. 25. And don’t worry, if your board is being migrated, your posts from the last 12 months will be waiting for you in your new Exchanges!
Most of our boards will come over to Exchanges. However, some of our boards will be closed down.
We will be posting individually to all our message boards tomorrow to let you know where you will go to find your WebMD message board friends. If your board is not porting over we’ll direct you to the place that best fits your needs.
Here is some information that may be helpful to you as we begin this transition:
Members can now upload their profile photos from their Registration Profile page. You can access that page from boards by looking in the top right corner of the page and click on Manage Account. If you want your photo or image to show up on all your past posts as well as you new posts in The WebMD Health Exchange, you will want to upload your image by end of day, Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Uploading your profile photo/image can also enter you in the WebMD Health Exchange Profile Photo Upload Sweepstakes. The monthly grand prize is $1000 cash! Visit the new Registration Profile page to upload your photo today!
Save Your Persona!
Don’t forget to save your My Persona information, as well as your list of favorite discussions, to a file on your computer. You may want to use a text file format, such as Notepad to make it easier to cut and paste your information into your new Exchange profile. This information won’t be saved by WebMD, and won’t be accessible after the new platform launches.
Your Own Public or Invitation-Only Exchanges
In addition to more than 100 public Exchanges - many with leading health experts - that will be available, you can also create your own Exchange. Make it public or invitation-only; national or local; open to anyone who wants to join or just for you and your family or friends. The WebMD Health Exchange has all of the features to set it apart as the place where YOUR friends, family, and others like you come for health information. So get ready to create your own space, and claim your turf!
If the board you currently belong to is going away, you can build your own Exchange on that topic and invite your WebMD friends to join you there.
While you’re waiting for The WebMD Health Exchange to launch, keep an eye on our community blog to get a sneak peek at what it all will look like. And once it is launched, we will be having live guided sessions on how you can use the WebMD Health Exchanges to get help and give help.
Be sure to direct any questions, comments, or concerns to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since you had posted at the bottom of an older thread, and it was your first post, I thought I'd take a...
Posted by MrsCora01
Since you had posted at the bottom of an older thread, and it was your first post, I thought I'd take a moment to welcome you and to invite anyone else to drop in and say hello.
I think that there is no universal set of side effects of transplant. Some of us have more problems than others. I was pretty lucky. My biggest problem initially was depression (never got angry because I wasn't on pred at all) and I got some medication for it. I'm not pushing it, just saying what worked for me. I went off it eventually.
I am now 7 1/2 years post kidney transplant and had a pancreas transplant in 2008. I found the first year after each transplant the hardest. But things for me are going quite well. I am now on rapamune and myfortic and things are stable.
Dear WebMD Members, We’ve been providing you with tidbits about the new features that are coming,...
Posted by Chris_WebMD_Staff
Dear WebMD Members,
We’ve been providing you with tidbits about the new features that are coming, and we’re excited to finally announce the name of our new community service – The WebMD Health Exchange!
The WebMD Health Exchange will offer you a highly interactive and enhanced community experience that will help bring you closer to more health and wellness experts as well as others like you. In addition, The WebMD Health Exchange uses structured Discussions, Tips & Resources to gain valuable insights from the community and surfaces the conversations members find “most valuable” by measuring activity within those conversations. We’re putting the finishing touches on WebMD Health Exchange now, and we’ll be ready to debut in a few weeks.
Here are some of the new features you‘ll find:
Ability to create your own public or invitation-only spaces to connect with others
Easily bookmark Discussions that interest you, with optional email alerts to keep you up to date
Create your own polls to see how others feel about issues that are important to you
Share Tips and Resources, rate the most helpful, and find them at your fingertips.
Create a specific profile for each Exchange you join so others can learn more about you and you can learn more about others
Get feedback and read Tips from more experts than ever before
Expanded Expert Guidance
WebMD message boards already feature a group of outstanding professionals who provide insights and support. When we roll out the new Exchange you’ll still see those familiar faces – as well as a host of new experts joining our Exchanges to provide feedback on topics like arthritis, skin care, patient advocacy, and beyond.
More Than a Message Board
In Exchanges you’ll be able to do more than post a Discussion. You’ll also be able to post Tips and share helpful Resources links that you’ve found around the Web. You also can create your own polls and view the results as others chime in!
What about your current board posts?
Don’t worry. The information posted in the last year on our boards will not be lost. In the coming days we’ll share how to find the content of your favorite message boards in the new WebMD Health Exchange.
Not only will you find the topics you enjoy on our boards today, but you’ll also be able to create your own unique groups on the topics of your choice! The Exchanges you create can either be public or private enabling you the control you’ve requested.
Save Your Persona!
You’ll want to save your My Persona/Profile information to a document on your own computer system. This information won’t be saved by WebMD, and won’t be accessible after the new platform launches. By storing your persona, you can use it to populate your NEW Exchange Member Profiles.
Also, any images that you upload to your current Persona page will not follow you to Exchanges. Be sure to upload an image to your Registration Profile (see more below) page so you will have your chosen image in place when the new WebMD Health Exchange launches.
WebMD Profile Photo Upload Sweepstakes
You will now visit your Member Account Page (find it by clicking on the My Account link on the upper right) to upload and change your Profile Photo. This photo or image will follow you wherever you post within the WebMD Health Exchange, enabling you to be a highly visible Exchange member.
Uploading your profile image will also enter you in WebMD’s monthly Profile Photo Upload Sweepstakes, where the grand prize each month is $1000 cash! You can change your photo out each month to re-enter the sweepstakes. If you enter or change your profile photo or image before Feb. 28, 2010 you will be entered into the February sweepstakes. Visit the new Registration Profile page to upload your photo and enter today!
The WebMD Health Exchange has all of the features to set it apart as the place where you, your friends, family and others come for information and support. We can’t wait to share this experience with all of you! Be on the lookout for more details soon.
While many things in community will soon be new, our staff will still be here to offer you the help and support you need. Be sure to direct any questions, comments, or concerns to us at email@example.com.
Dear Members, Within the next month your WebMD Community will be expanding to offer you all some...
Posted by Caprice_WebMD_Staff
Within the next month your WebMD Community will be expanding to offer you all some wonderful new features!
The new offering will encompass discussion groups, blogs, health experts, and more. And, the updated features will allow members new and better ways to interact with each other and with our growing body of health professionals. Here are just a few of the elements you can expect to see:
Create your own public and private spaces to connect with others.
Easily keep up with discussions that interest you.
Create your own polls.
Quickly and easily share Tips and Resources with other members.
Create more individual profiles to fit your personal spaces.
Get MORE feedback from high-level health experts.
Very soon, we’ll be providing you with more detailed information so that you can become familiar with some of the tools and features before we open up to the public at large. Keep an eye out for announcements within these message boards as well as in your email inbox.
We look forward to sharing and growing with all of you!
For questions, comments, or concerns please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have had 3 kidney transplants and about a week ago i had a head cold and thought it finally went away...
Posted by alidan1984
I have had 3 kidney transplants and about a week ago i had a head cold and thought it finally went away however this morning I woke up coughing, sore throat, itchy ears, and feel like i have a chest cold for it is sore when i take in a deep breath. Should I go to the doctor or will I get over it in a day or two? I have been taking Coricidin HBP Cold and Flu.View Thread
Because of a sickening smell in some containers, 54 million packages of 27 different...
Posted by Caprice_WebMD_Staff
Because of a sickening smell in some containers, 54 million packages of 27 different over-the-counter remedies now are being recalled.
Products include various types of child and/or adult Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Rolaids, and Simply Sleep. This adds to the 6 million packages of Tylenol recalled late last year, bringing the total number of recalled products to 60 million.
A musty, moldy odor coming from the products has sickened at least 70 people with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The symptoms go away by themselves and no one has been seriously injured.
Click here to read the full WebMD article, which includes a list of impacted products and a link to the complete, detailed list so you can check what you have in your home.View Thread
Hi I was woudering if i am shooting for an unreachable dream, and if its crazy to want to do this. I have...
Posted by lola1221
I was woudering if i am shooting for an unreachable dream, and if its crazy to want to do this. I have been thinking about organ donation for quite some time, and i have spend many months reseaching it on the internet, know the risks that could happen. Once i did all of this reseach and found a transplant place near my home. All of my friends and family think that i am nuts and crazy that i would want to donate a piece of my own body to someone else that i dont know. What is really killing me inside is whenever, my boyfrirend and i talk about it, we always get into fights about how he doesent want me to do it, cause he doesent know what he would do without me. but i just wish he could understand how i feel about this and how much i want to do this. btw we discussed this for a year, i told him before i even told my family.
iv talked to my family and friends for a couple of months now and they still dont understand.
well does anyone have any suggegtions on how i can help m y family and boyfriend understand how importand this is to me, and how badly i wanna do this to save someoenes life.
Not that I'm complaining. I love the fact that I have a pancreas transplant and no longer have the wild...
Posted by MrsCora01
Not that I'm complaining. I love the fact that I have a pancreas transplant and no longer have the wild swings that I had before. My kidney is doing well too. But here's the funny part. I went from no insulin production (type 1 diabetes) to reactive hypoglycemia. I was "bad" the other day and had a snack of caramel popcorn. Usually (it's been a habit for years) I eat a well balanced and nutritious diet. I just had a bit of a slip. And my blood sugar dropped to 45. Yikes. It was kind of like revisiting the old days when I overestimated my carb count and took too much insulin.
The good thing is that it doesn't happen too often. A couple of times over the last 6 months. Hurray for transplant!
My brother is 41 years old and at the age of 14 he was diagnosed with Diabetes after having a...
Posted by concernforbrotherslife
My brother is 41 years old and at the age of 14 he was diagnosed with Diabetes after having a goiter removed from his neck. he had multiple complications after the surgery which resulted in the Diabetes. My mother donated a kidney to him 6yrs ago. He no longer has diabetes but, everything else in his system is shutting down. He is having all of his medical treatment done at University of Michigan and I believe they are failing him. He has Rheumatoid Arthritis thru his entire body. His white blood cell count keeps decreasing (doctors won't tell him anything), cannot bend over any more, severe memory loss, 5'10' and 105lbs, has probably 3/4 of the symptoms for Lupus, constant fatigue, Depression, Anemia, and when he bleeds - instead of the regular stuff coming out (red blood) it is a clear liquid. At one point he had diahrea for almost 6 months with blood in his stool and constant vomiting. I just need to hear from someone who may be able to help. I am scared that if we don't find someone who can help he will end his own life because he can't deal with the pain any more. Pain meds don't work and his doctors are doing nothing but passing the time and telling him to just wait it out because it should subside. This has been going on now for 3 yrs. They say that they will run a battery of tests but never do. He has seen everyone from a Gastro doc, to a Rheumatoid doc, to a Neurologist. Now they want him to see a Shrink because they think it is in his head. My brother is wasting away and instead of them doing anything for him, they are pawning him off because no one wants to take a chance to save his life. No one is helping.. My brother is going to die if someone doesn't step in. If you can offer any help, please email me at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank youView Thread
I found this board through google search. I had my transplant at 13 at Egleston Children's Hospital and am...
Posted by terri7291
I found this board through google search. I had my transplant at 13 at Egleston Children's Hospital and am now seen at Emory. I did really well for 17 years and started having problems a year and half ago. My liver just decided out of the blue to act up. They've done biopsy, ultrasound and MRI and cant find any real answers. I am ok though. I think liver is just in its teenage rebellious faze. I am glad to have found this board. I love talking with other recipients. Here is my story if anyone is interested.
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