Consumers: Patient Power Inc.

death wears a smile todaySomebody has come up with the really clever idea of building a site specializing in patient empowerment t-shirts. A new company called MedTees has set up an online store where you can find pro-patient stuff  you would never find anywhere else. They specialize in shirts that let patients poke fun of their conditions – a very good thing for people who have gone through serious operations or who suffer from chronic illness. 

The woman in the picture is Helen Smith,  a Tennessee psychologist who nearly died as a result of a misdiagnosed heart problem. She says her shirt helped her recover from the trauma of nearly dying. Helen is better known as in the blogosphere as Dr. Helen. She talks about her story here.

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Wes and Diane Fisher, the couple who came up with the idea. They plan to take the project non-profit.   

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  1. Personally, I like the “Dude, where’s my leg” tee, even more. But that’s just me.

  2. I have a great little find for health care professionals, too – especially those with long hair who have to wear scrubs. Check out http://www.blueskyscrubs and look at the Pony-scrub. It’s a neat little scrub cap that lets you neatly tuck your ponytail behind the sleek-fitting cap. No more poofy bouffant caps. Yea!