Archive for February 16th, 2012

February 16th, 2012

Meet the HAAwards Finalists: Wendy Holcombe

by Amanda

I’d like to introduce you to TMI Award Finalist, and Health Activist – Wendy Holcombe! Wendy is a Chronic Illness Health Activist who blogs over at Picnic With Ants. Nominated for her honest approach to blogging, Wendy chronicles all her “ants” (chronic illnesses) with a unique voice that really resonates with her readers. She openly commits to telling “some of the most embarrassing and scary moments” that come into her life and is determined to “break down the 4th wall.” Her approach helps make invisible illness not-so-invisible. Her readers (and nominators in particular) love her blog because she describes things that they, too, experience but may be too shy to say it. Her artistic flair has also been known to inspire (check out her art here and her Create To Heal blog here). Wendy’s candid approach (and humor) inspires many and I’m so happy to have learned of her blog through the HAAwards. Now – let’s learn more about Wendy in her own words…

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February 16th, 2012

Talking to Strangers: A Health Activist Perspective

by Amanda

Today we have an important post on a little-discussed topic in our Health Activist community – but one that bears discussing: the darker side of having an online presence – creeps. By putting ourselves out there, online, we open ourselves (and our lives) up to those we seek to connect with. It’s one of the most integral parts of being a Health Activist – providing that genuine face-to-the-name and helps raise awareness and creates relationships between members of your particular patient community. However, just as in real life – and maybe even more so – creeps exist online. People who want to derail the conversation by being inappropriate, commenting on you physically, or simply trolling in an uncomfortable way. Have you run into instances where you felt harassed? We know that most Health Activists are women – some of whom are quite lovely – and unfortunately many people feel it is their place to comment on that. It can be incredibly frustrating and sometimes, down right scary. Today’s post is written by IBD Health Activist Sara Ringer, of Inflamed and Untamed, who has experienced this (especially due to her vlogging). I hope you enjoy the post and think about bringing this conversation up in your health communities. Sara offers some great tips you can share. –Amanda

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