Ken McKim

Patient Leader

My wife has Crohn's disease. Over the past few years I have come to realize that there are an increasing number of people who look upon the chronically ill unfavorably. This inspired me to make my first video, a recording of my 32-minute live presentation called "The Slow Death of Compassion for the Chronically Ill" which highlights the challenges that the chronically ill face every day. Then, to explain what different kinds of chronic pain feel like, I created the "Feel This Pain" series, touching on subjects like RSD/CRPS, Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Cluster Headaches and others. My goal is to help society regain its compassion for those who suffer every day through no fault of their own.

Nominations

Best in Show: YouTube Advocating for Another Health Activist Hero Patient Leader Hero

Finalist

Best in Show: Youtube

Ken is a very loving husband trying to raise awareness for those in chronic pain who need access to medication that is increasingly becoming difficult for them to obtain. He also started a video series on YouTube to raise awareness and highlight what it's like for many others who struggle with invisible chronic illnesses.

He is an advocate for all who are in pain. He creates videos that explain various chronic illnesses and describes and clarifies why various meds or treatments may be necessary. He does his homework and brings knowledge to folks who'd otherwise be uninformed.  — Nick

Ken has created a series of 8 Feel This Pain videos to help those with chronic illness to educate their friends and family about how they experience their pain. He has also produced a short video to help others support and honor the pain of their loved one, and an hour-long video, The Slow Death of Compassion.

The videos that Ken makes helps people to understand about diseases. He is a great advocate  — Marcy

Ken is a tireless advocate for chronic pain patients who normally do not have a voice. His video series are educational, inspiring and are a great resource for persons with chronic pain and the diseases that accompany it.  — Crystal

Ken's Youtube videos are very good at educating people on various chronic illnesses and what people with them have to go through on a daily basis. He's a very good advocate for the chronic illness, especially chronic pain, community.  — Allyson

He puts together amazing videos that share what it's like to live with chronic pain. He's an advocate, a caregiver, and lives with chronic pain himself. He has a remarkable way of sharing even pain he doesn't live with in a way that anyone should be able to understand and have empathy.  — Julie

Unending amazing and informative information put out there to help the average healthy person understand life with chronic illnesses and chronic pain

Ken McKim

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