I am excited to announce that I have been nominated for two awards through WEGO Health. They are Healthcare Collaborator: Patient and Rookie of The Year.
WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about the Patient Leader Network.
The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition.
Getting nominated for each of these awards has been such an honor. Since my Autonomic Dysfunction started in 2014, I have felt like a part of me was just stuck. With my nursing career on hold, I was grieving the loss of a profession that I loved so much. Now, in the last year, I have found my voice again. I’m now proud to say that I’ve connected with hundreds of people and am able to put my nursing skills to use as well as help patients and families. Knowing the health system has been invaluable. They say everything happens for a reason. Although I still have many questions about why this illness has taken over my life, it is becoming clear that I was meant to become a patient advocate. This has become a love of mine as well as allowing me to escape from reality for even just a bit. If any of my experiences as a patient or as a nurse are able to help others, then it has been worth it. As so many of us know, healthcare is a mysterious thing with no guide and it can feel cruel at times. I want to continue making an impact on how we can navigate and utilize the system. Being nominated for these two awards is just icing on the cake.
The following are the descriptions of the two awards that I have been nominated for:
Healthcare Collaborator: Patient–Speaking at conferences, consulting with healthcare companies, using their education to help make change in the healthcare industry – this Patient Leader is bridging the gap between industry stakeholders and healthcare consumers. These patient experts are passionate about healthcare and bring their skills and expertise to bear on a range of industry challenges. They understand healthcare from the patient perspective, but they are also professionals with the skills and ability to help companies advance their most critical patient-facing initiatives. Who is someone you know out there working within the industry to make change? Who is making an impact, not only among patients, but on the healthcare landscape as a whole?
Rookie of The Year–every year, more and more health bloggers are excited by empowerment, raising awareness, and helping others. This particular advocate just started their blog, site, or community work this year and is already making a huge impact. Though they’re new to the scene, they show a ton of promise and are, without a doubt, going to do amazing things in the future. They’re well on their way to becoming a top influencer within the online health world. Who is your favorite new Advocate? Who is someone you can see rising above and making an impact in the online health space? Let’s give them the encouragement they need to keep putting in the hard work.
This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored at the 5th Annual Patient Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC on October 23rd and 24th, 2017. Attending this event would be something concrete to wrap my head around, confirming the fact that I can still make a difference. It also would allow me to meet the industry leaders who are so influential. If you’d like more information about the summit, you can learn more here.
I’m now looking to my incredibly supportive network to help endorse me for these awards. There are two easy ways to endorse that only take seconds of your time!
1) You can click on my endorsement badges located on the right hand side of this blog, beneath the “about me” section on this website. There is one for each award that I’ve been nominated for.
2) Click here to be taken to my WEGO Health Awards profile where you can click “Endorse” under my nominee photo.
If I have ever supported you, made you laugh, or inspired you to keep fighting – please consider endorsing me for these awards.