When raising awareness for health conditions, as a Health Activist parent, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with what other parents in the advocacy word are doing. In this post, you’ll learn about a common eating disorder among children with special needs and see how parents can confront this issue to help their children. The condition Pica is akin to other manifestations of anxiety disorders but can be addressed with the right care and therapy.
As part of our WEGO Health Press Corps, we sent special needs advocate Marla Murasko to the 2012 Bloggy Conference. In this guest post she shares what she learned at the conference and how it will inform her Health Activism. –Amanda
Own Your Dream! Build Your Brand @ #BloggingCon
by Marla Murasko, Special and Determined
What an amazing experience I had at Bloggy Conference, thanks to my sponsor WEGO Health. What was Bloggy Conference? A fabulous opportunity to learn how to build your brand and enhance your blog through social media, meet some amazing woman and make meaningful connections.
Continuing with A4A month, Monday’s HA Roundtable focused on parenting and caregiving for a special needs child. The role that a parent or caregiver has with a special needs child is a very complex one. During Monday’s roundtable, Michele Julis-Gianetti, Adrienne Bashista (@easytolovebut and @adriennegail) and Caroline McGraw (@awishcomeclear) shared their life, experiences and helpful tips in regards to caring for their loved ones with special needs. Below are some highlights that I would like to share. The discussion was definitely a compelling and interesting chat!
There’s nothing quite like hearing others share stories of empowerment, overcoming challenges, and making a real difference to make you feel inspired. On Monday evening, we hosted our Advocating for Others webinar with Health Activists Janeen and Marla - and I learned so much from these powerful parents. In our community, we often focus on patient Health Activists, but there is a group of dedicated, passionate leaders who have followed a similar path – through caring for someone else experiencing a health condition. This month we focused in on this particular group of advocates and our webinar was a wonderful way to tie up the month on a positive note.
Today we’re excited to share with you an interview with a Health Activist caregiver, parent, author, blogger, and hard-working advocate for another. Adrienne Bashista is active online in numerous different places, co-authored the book Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, writes at a blog of the same name, active in the online ADHD, FASD, and developmental disorder communities. Her mission online, which is reflected wonderfully in this interview, is to be real about the challenges and struggles that come with caring for a child with “invisible” disabilities. I think you’ll enjoy what Adrienne had to say as much as I did, and hopefully learned a thing or two. –Amanda