September 12th, 2014

Invisible Illness Takes Its Toll!

by WEGO Health

This is a great article by Health Activist Kelly Fricke on battling an invisible illness. #invisibleillness #invisibleillnessawareness 

“Most people are taught that if they don’t physically see something that it isn’t there and doesn’t exist. With invisible illnesses, a person may look fine on the outside, but inside they are fighting a war against their own body, fighting to survive.”

 

 

September 11th, 2014

Health Activist Spotlight

by WEGO Health

This week WEGO Health is spotlighting Mental Health, Health Activist Jared!

Jared

Jared founded I Am Not Crazy, an organization aimed to reduce the myths around mental illness. Jared and his team help push an accurate representation of mental illness to the forefront through increasing awareness and promoting social dialogue. His journey with mental illness began when he was first diagnosed at 19, where he experienced stigma first hand. I Am Not Crazy allows for anyone and everyone to participate in decreasing the mental illness stigma and increasing awareness!

You can also connect with Jared and I Am Not Crazy on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter!

 

September 10th, 2014

Support Systems Health Activist Twitter Chat

by WEGO Health

This week we discussed support systems, advising the newly diagnosed and online communities in our Health Activist Twitter chat!

 

 

September 9th, 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!

10 Depression Myths We Needs to Stop Believing 

What stigmas surround your chronic illness? How do you battle those? 

“Battling the stigma surrounding the true origins of depression and how people with the disease suffer in distinct ways requires debunking myths and defying stereotypes that have incorrectly defined it for so long.”

What Your Hands Can Reveal

Our body is constantly giving us clues about our health but did you know that our hands are giving us signals too? 

Was there a time your body was telling you that you needed to see your doctor? What about a time when you saw an improvement in your health?

Back to School

You may have heard of a back to school virus that has been hitting some states this season.  While not everyone may encounter a virus while starting back at school, there are other things to be cognizant of as your children begin a new school year.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta and +Everyday Health have compiled some news and advice that may be of use to you.

For those parents with children dealing with chronic illness, do you have any ideas or tips that have worked with your family for getting your kids ready for a new school year?

 

 

September 4th, 2014

Health Activist Twitter Chat

by WEGO Health
Did you miss this week’s Health Activist Twitter chat? That’s okay! We’ve got you covered.
September 3rd, 2014

WEGO Health Team Member Spotlight!

by WEGO Health

As we continue our series of team member spotlights let’s hear from Kristen!

 

Kristen

Title: Associate Director of Sponsor Programs

Explain what you do at WEGO Health! 

I’m an Associate Director of Sponsor Programs.  I work closely with our healthcare and pharmaceutical sponsors on a daily basis to create valuable and educational programs for online communities and Health Activists.

 

How have Health Activists affected your outlook on health? 

I could go on and on about how Health Activists have impacted by outlook on health, but I’ll keep it short.  When I started at WEGO Health four years ago, the two greatest, and probably most simple, learnings were:

  • I need to see myself as an equal partner with my doctors in the healthcare process
  • We, the patients, really need to support each other and share experiences – the online community of patients is a significant and much needed healthcare resource

Overall, Health Activists have fueled my passion about improving the patient healthcare experience.

 

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

Time travel – I’d love to be able to go back in time to experience different eras and cultures.

 

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

Hiking, wine tasting, interior decorating (Pinterest has really fueled that hobby), exploring new places, reading library books (I like the experience of an actual, physical, book), watching Clemson football – GO TIGERS!, going to the lake, and most importantly spending time with my fiancé, family, friends and co-workers!

 

What motivates you to empower patients?

The Health Activists we work with.  The courage they have to share their personal experiences, and their tireless dedication to educating and supporting others, despite the limitations that accompany an illness or chronic condition, drives me to make sure that we are providing them a voice and listening to what they have to say.  I have many family members and friends that have been majorly impacted by conditions like Lupus, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, RA, and I’m proud to be able to direct them to patient resources created by Health Activists – whether it’s a blog that shares raw emotions or tips and tricks for daily living or a patient video that was created by WEGO Health, our sponsor and the real stars…Health Activists.

 

What’s your motto that sees you through difficult times? 

“Life does not need to be perfect to be wonderful”

 

September 2nd, 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!

You’re Not Sleeping Properly

Feel like you get plenty of sleep yet you’re still tired in the morning? That could be due to low quality sleep. Check out this infographic we found on how to have a better nights rest!

‘If I Could Just Smile And It’d All Go Away, I’d Do It, But It’s Not That Easy’

Sarah was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at the age of 16. Check out her blog post below and read about the challenges she’s faced along the way. “If I could just smile and it’d all go away, I’d do it, but it’s not that easy. I think people think it’s more of an attitude problem than an illness. I don’t think you really understand it unless you’ve experienced it.”

Smashing Through The Writer’s Block

Writers block? Time to write a blog post, sit down at the computer, and….nothing.

For the Health Activists and community members who blog about their chronic illness – here are some tips on breaking through writer’s block!

10 Ways To Actively Participate in Your Medical Care

What would you add to list of ways to make yourself an active participant in the management of your chronic medical illness?
“Regardless of our diagnosis, the fundamental approach is the same — we must be active participants in our medical care if we are to learn to optimize our quality of life despite chronic disease. These are 10 ways to make yourself an active participant in the management of your chronic medical illness.”

August 29th, 2014

Health Activist Personal Story – Nicole Lemelle

by WEGO Health

Check out this brave and inspiring new piece from Multiple Sclerosis Health Activist, Nicole Lemelle.

One of the most recent additions to her blog features a heartfelt post about living with multiple sclerosis.

“I just kept saying, ‘I‘m sorry. I‘m sorry. I‘m sorry.’ From his hands and knees while crouching in urine, he looked at me and said, Don’t ever apologize for having MS.’”
 
 

 
 

August 27th, 2014

Health Activist Spotlight

by WEGO Health

This week WEGO Health is spotlighting Lupus Health Activist Tiffany!

Tiffany

Tiffany is active in her mission to raise Lupus awareness! On, Tiffany and Lupus, she blogs about her daily life and shares her experiences living with the illness. Tiffany has also been an an ambassador for S.L.E Lupus Foundation for over three years and even served as its Awareness Committee Chair in 2012! Tiffany believes that knowledge is power and aims to give power to other Lupus patients as best as she can! That’s why she runs the Friends Against Lupus Facebook page and a bi-monthly Twitter chat #LupusChat!

Don’t forget to follow Tiffany on Twitter @TiffanyAndLupus!

 

August 26th, 2014

Winners of “Questioning Protocol” Book Giveaway!

by WEGO Health

Congratulations to the winners of this month’s WEGO Health book giveaway! We asked participants to tell us how they are their own and others’  health advocate and the responses were great. Five winners will each be getting a copy of “Questioning Protocol” by Randi Oster.

This month’s winners are: Lori, Janet, Rhia, Susan and Aaron!

Thank you to all of the participants, and stay tuned for the next WEGO Health book giveaway, coming up in September!