August 22nd, 2014

What Is Your Normal?

by WEGO Health

IBD Health Activist, Brian, points out a common discussion among many patients and caregivers - how their illness affects their day-to-day life.

In June, Brian reflected on how IBD affects his daily life while sitting in New York City’s Central Park. He stated that while there are moments when IBD patients – and all chronic illness patients for that matter – have “normal” days, many non-patients don’t understand the behind-the-scenes planning that is necessary in order to make this happen.

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August 21st, 2014

Vacation and Travel Health Activist Twitter Chat

by WEGO Health

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August 20th, 2014

Health Activist Spotlight: Peachy Pains

by WEGO Health

This week WEGO Health is spotlighting Arthritis Health Activist Peachy Pains! 

Peachy Pains

 

Peachy Pains’s Health Activist journey began when she was diagnosed with arthritis in 2000 and began blogging in 2009! Peachy not only blogs about arthritis but everyday topics as well, like fashion, cooking and house projects! Her motivation for documenting her life is to give hope to those who are newly diagnosed that they can accomplish their goals, despite their illness. You can connect with Peachy Pains through Twitter: @PeachyPains!

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August 19th, 2014

Handling Embarrassing Diseases

by WEGO Health

There are lots of embarrassing conversations you never want to have, especially with your doctor. In reality, not having those squeamish talks with your HCP could land you in an even more uncomfortable spot later on.

Your doctor has seen it all, it doesn’t phase her/him. How can we get over our embarrassment and move forward to better health?

We think we all need a copy of the classic “Everybody Poops” so we can start having conversations that go beyond Google regarding taboo health subjects that shouldn’t be taboo in the first place!

“People don’t want to offend or hurt anyone’s feelings, but medicine is a customer-based process,” she said. “Find someone you are comfortable with. It’s essential so that getting information out of you is not a tug of war.”

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August 18th, 2014

Health Activist Weekly Roundup

by WEGO Health

We’ve collected a roundup of some popular health articles that we saw on the web and shared on our WEGO Health social media sites. Check them out here!

What Happens to Your Face When You Wear Sunscreen May Shock You

This video will show just how important it is to wear sunscreen! It’s a critical line of defense for avoiding skin cancer, which currently has more cases every year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers — combined!

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August 14th, 2014

Social Media and Chronic Illness Health Activist Twitter Chat

by WEGO Health
Health Activist Rayanne and participants discussed how social media has had a role in their patient journey!
August 13th, 2014

Health Activist Spotlight: Katherine

by WEGO Health

This week WEGO Health is spotlighting Women’s Health and Postpartum Depression Health Activist, Katherine!

Katherine

Women’s Health, Health Activist Katherine began her journey as a Women’s Health, Health Activist after the birth of her first child, when she battled postpartum depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. She created Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit organization, to provide mothers with postpartum depression a place to receive support and information. You can learn even more about Katherine on her personal website and you can follow her through her Twitter handle @postpartumprog

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August 8th, 2014

Health Activist Weekly Roundup

by WEGO Health

We’ve collected a roundup of some popular health articles that we saw on the web and shared on our WEGO Health social media sites. Check them out here!

What It’s Really Like to be Chronically Ill

Are there things that people around you don’t realize or understand about living with chronic illness? If so, what are those things? Has your chronic illness taught you anything about yourself or any life lessons? What are they? 

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August 8th, 2014

Q&A on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome!

by WEGO Health

WEGO Health is excited to present a Q&A on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), hosted by Autoimmune and Chronic Illness Health Activist Ilana and Dr. Santa Maria!
On Friday, August 22nd at 2 p.m. EST, tune in to watch the Q&A Google Plus hangout. Ilana and Dr. Santa Maria will discuss POTS, as well as other relevant related conditions (for example, gastroparesis, mast cell activation, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). They will be taking questions prior to the Google hangout, and you can submit them via email to POTSResearchGroup@Yahoo.com, or via Twitter to @doctorBocaRaton or @ilanajacqueline.
Don’t forget to tune in to watch the Google Plus hangout!

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August 6th, 2014

WEGO Health Employee Spotlight!

by WEGO Health

Andrew

Title: VP Technology

Explain what you do at WEGO Health!

I build and manage technology to help discover, connect and empower Health Activists through programs like Health Activist Awards and Sharing Hubs.

How have Health Activists affected your outlook on health?

They’ve helped me better understand the critical role patients are going to play in healthcare going forward.

If you had one super power what would it be? Why?

Hmm, this is a hard one. I would love to be able breathe underwater. I love scuba diving and boating and would love to be able to explore the ocean more.

What are your hobbies/what activities put a smile on your face?

Anything on or near the water is my happy place. I love boating, waterskiing, diving and anything else near the water.

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