Archive for January, 2011

January 28th, 2011

Recap: January HABC 3 Fortune Cookies

by Amanda

photo credit: maza34 on flickr

Our first month of 2011 is coming to a close! Back when January began, we shared our first Health Activist Blog Carnival (HABC) topic of the new year: write 3 fortunes to your health community. In the spirit of our theme “New Year New You: Setting Health Activism Goals,” this seemed like a fun way to look ahead and think positive. We received some great entries – let’s take a look!

In +/2+/post “+/3+/” she went all-out and created really cool animated cookies that, when you hover over them, reveal the fortunes inside. Her colorful cookies tell her RA community:
+/4+/shared three inspiring quotes to propel her into Health Activism in 2011. Check out her post “+/5+/” for the reasoning behind these quotes and what she’s planning. Here are the quotes she chose:
+/6+/took a fun approach to the HABC by doing a little bit of each of the suggestions I made. She did one fortune cookie, one Dove chocolate promise, and one favorite quote. +/7+/ to see why she decided to go with each. Here’s what she came up with:

I think this was a wonderful way to get everyone thinking about 2011 and I loved the creativity people injected into their posts! If you want to write 3 fortunes to your community – please do! It’s a great way to think big and play psychic. And hey – if you think it, you …Read More

January 26th, 2011

Best tweets from finish this tweet

by Amanda

A few days ago, we sent out a little Tweet prompt – the first of our “Finish This Tweet” project of 2011.  (Because not all prompts are the bloggy kind, right?)  We wanted to see the Health Activist Twitterverse take on their health in one word:

The answers from our Health Activists were both varied … and inspiring.  Here are some of our …Read More

January 25th, 2011

Multiple Myeloma Community Survey – Share your thoughts!

by Susan

In our ongoing mission to empower Health Activists, WEGO Health is excited to announce a new upcoming educational program – “Multiple Myeloma & Your Bones.”

In preparation for our upcoming educational program and on-demand webinar, made possible by one of WEGO Health’s sponsors, we’re …Read More

January 24th, 2011

January Poll Results: Your Top 3 Goals for 2011!

by Amanda

Earlier this month, we asked you to look ahead into 2011 and pick the top 3 goals you hope to accomplish in your health activism. Well, the results are in!

The number one Health Activist goal for the new year is to: “Post more frequently (on your blog, in a forum or community, on Twitter, Facebook, etc.).” The number two goal is …Read More

January 21st, 2011

Interviewing Health Activists: Mary Shomon from’s Thyroid Disease

by Amanda

To round out January’s focus on Thyroid Awareness Month, we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with’s Thyroid Disease Guide Mary Shomon about her personal experiences with thyroid disease and her advocacy work both online and off.  Diagnosed in 1995, Mary has been a passionate advocate for thyroid conditions and a Health Activist in every sense of the word. A wonderful and prolific advocate …Read More

January 17th, 2011

Finish This Tweet!

by Amanda

photo credit Victor Bezrukov on Flickr

Get your community involved! Finish this tweet (or Facebook status or both if you’d like):

My health in one word is: _____.

Which adjective fits best to describe your health?

Feel free to use this as a discussion in your community or as a jumping off point for a quick blog post today.

Do you think …Read More

January 14th, 2011

Interviewing Health Activists: Katie Schwartz, Founder of Dear Thyroid™ Part 2

by Amanda

Here is Part Two of my interview with Katie Schwartz, founder of Dear Thyroid. (Click here to read Part One)

Amanda: Dear Thyroid is a different kind of health community and it says so right in the first line of the About page. What made you decide to bring your crusade online?
Katie Schwartz: Being a writer, I have an ongoing love affair with words. I believe that each person (when they are ready) must …Read More

January 14th, 2011

Interviewing Health Activists: Katie Schwartz, Founder of Dear Thyroid™ Part 1

by Amanda

In honor of January’s Thyroid Awareness Month, I had the awesome opportunity to interview Katie Schwartz, Health Activist mastermind behind the community Dear Thyroid™. Like her community, Katie is fiercely dedicated to being honest and real about life and thyroid conditions. Her responses to my questions are saturated with rich, fun language, likely due to her background as a comedy writer …Read More

January 12th, 2011

Tough Questions, Health Activist Answers: “What if my family doesn’t believe my pain?”

by Amanda

In our Community, a recent tough topic has sparked an enlightening conversation. The inspiration for this discussion is the idea of physical pain, a side effect and sometimes a symptom of many health conditions. What if your loved ones don’t believe your pain? What do you do when others are dismissive of your pain?

Here is what a few Health Activists, many …Read More

January 10th, 2011

Vote Now! What are your top 3 Health Activist Goals of 2011?

by Amanda

Participate in our January poll! Going off our theme “New Year, New You: Setting Health Activism Goals” – we have come up with 9 great goals for Health Activists (and a space for you to write your own!). Which of these are most important to you in 2011? Which 3 top your list of 2011 Health Activist goals?

Thanks for your vote! We’ll look at …Read More