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Strength in Words: Finding Your Blogspiration Replay

Missed part of our #HAAwards celebration? Don’t worry, check out Missy Voronyak’s webinar below as she offers creative and refreshing ways to approach your next blog post!

 

Strength in Words: Finding your Blogspiration

Have you lost that blogging feeling? Join veteran blogger and social media pro Missy Voronyak for this webinar to reignite your passion for blogging! She’ll share inspiring stories of health advocacy bloggers making a difference and give you fresh, creative ways to approach your blog content to help you get un-stuck and back to inspiring others.  You can find your own copy of Missy’s slides here.

 

 

What You Missed:

  • Find your own inspiration by focusing on the latest trends or topics within your community. You can always use your own experiences, positive or negative, to create new content as well.
  • However, when you’re feeling stuck, Missy offers 10 fresh and creative ways to generate new content. From How-To Posts to Email Interviews, Missy has you covered to get your blogspiration back on track!
  • Missy offers some quick tips as well! As a health advocate, it’s important to include both medical and sponsorship disclosures when necessary to avoid any future conflicts.
  • Missy challenges  you to take 10 minutes to come up with a list of topics of your choice and find a place to store them, whether it’s on Evernote or a journal, that way you can turn to these ideas anytime you need some blogspiration!

 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 


screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-1-09-40-pmMissy Voronyak (@MissyVoronyak) is a Group Director of Social Media and Influencer Engagement with WCG, an integrative communications agency. She is also an established blogger at marketingmama.com where she writes about food allergies, parenting and family activities. Missy is an advisor for the Social Media Breakfast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the founder of the MN Blogger Conference (est. 2010) and serves on the board of directors for the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota.

A Look Back on 2016 and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative

 

“For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save…let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” This powerful statement from President Obama came just under a year ago, as he gave his final State of the Union Address. It was then, he announced a nationwide Cancer Moonshot initiative – an initiative with the end goal to cure cancer!

At the charge of this initiative we have Vice President Joe Biden. VP Biden has had a very personal connection with cancer. In May 2015, he lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer. Beau passed away at the very young age of 46. He was a lawyer by training, and joined the Delaware National Guard in 2003 serving as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In 2008, he was deployed in Iraq – during his father’s run for Vice President.

Vice President Biden explained how the Moonshot is not necessarily a time bound campaign. It’s more than that. “The Cancer Moonshot is a movement that lives in communities across the United States and the world — and it will live long after we leave office,” He continued, “Mr. President, we can’t afford for it not to, because the need is too great and the promise even greater.”

Cancer Moonshot Summit

June 28th, 2016 the Cancer Moonshot Summit was hosted at Howard University in Washington D.C. Not limited to this location, mini-summits were held at more than 270 locations across the country. At this summit, VP Biden, along with over 350 researchers, oncologists, data and technology experts, patients, families and advocates, would come together to discuss the goal to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Treatment

Huge strides have been made in cancer treatment over the last year. One method in particular has been immunotherapy.Immunotherapy is a method of treatment using one’s own immune system to work smarter and harder to combat disease. There are a variety of different immunotherapy treatment types, but one in particular that has shown hope this year is called monoclonal antibody drugs (anti-PD1 or anti-PD-L1).

This targeted therapy can be used on it’s own, or in combination with other types of treatments. The specific drug, Keytruda (generic name pemrolizumab), is one in particular that has been used to treat a variety of different types of cancer. This type of drug targets specific sites or proteins, within cancer cells. The pro to this is that it targets bad cancer cells and leaves your bodies normal cells alone, unlike traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, that can actually hurt the rest of your body, while trying to get rid of cancer cells.

In October 2015, Keytruda was FDA approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Just over a year later in October 2016, it was approved as first-line treatment of certain patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. This means, it is not only an approved treatment method, but it is actually the first option – as opposed to traditional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. With this drug’s success, it is being used in new clinical trials for other cancers, like mesothelioma.

This is a huge feat, and goes to show that emerging treatment methods can really make a difference in how those with cancer are being treated.

To Infinity and Beyond 2016

Inevitably, along the way to finding a cure for cancer, there will be hurdles and barriers. Luckily, the first year of the Cancer Moonshot initiative has proven to be successful in terms of rethinking how we currently view and deal with cancer. More efforts will be put into technology, data, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Eventually, the work being done can bring us to a cure. Along the way, the Moonshot will be bringing plenty of benefits to those affected by cancer!


screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-10-29-49-amThe Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families. Make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates!

Presenting the 2016 WEGO Health Activist Award Winners

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Congratulations to the 2016 WEGO Health Activist Award winners! These passionate and motivated individuals are certainly creating change in the healthcare landscape!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our #HAAwards celebration this week. The WEGO Health team had a blast ‘hanging out’ with you all week. We are so grateful to be part of all of your advocacy journeys and we could not ask for a more dedicated and passionate community!

Our Twitter Chats this week were an absolute blast. We had so many community members offering tips, tricks and tactics that it was almost a challenge to keep up! Don’t worry, we’ll be compiling a document of all the advice we received. We’ll send it out to our network once it’s done!

For those of you who missed out on any of the webinars, we will be posting all of the recording on our blog. Be sure to check back in.

And of course, be sure to fill out your WEGO Health Profile so we can find the best opportunities for you and your community!

And now, we’d like to present our 2016 WEGO Health Activist Award Winners!

 

Best in Show Community: Ronny Allan

Advocating for Another: Tory Aquino

Lifetime Achievement: Barby Ingle

Best in Show: Twitter: Tiffany Kairos

Hilarious Health Activist: The Frey Life

Rookie of the Year: Amanda Siebe

Health Activist Hero: Jessica Gimeno

Best in Show: Youtube: Louise Glover

Best Kept Secret: Lisa Cypers Kamen

Best in Show: Instagram: Renee Eastwood

Best in Show: Facebook: Aaron Blocker

Best in Show: Pinterest: Sara Ringer

Best Team Performance: International Pain Foundation

Best in Show: Blog: Bob DeMarco

 

Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists and winners! Together, we can create the change we wish to see in healthcare!

Live From the Red Carpet #HAAwards Day 4

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Today Shane interviews the finalists of Best Kept Secret, Hilarious Health Activist and Advocating for Another!

 

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profile-picture-with-micShane Schulz is the Creator and Host of the Arisen Strength Motivational Podcast and the Founder of the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network. Using his experiences and strengths to help others who are more like him than different be More than the challenges they face!

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