Our Health Activist Award: Rookie of the Year has received some awesome nominations so far. Let’s see what people are saying so far…
While looking online for support I came across Kath’s blog. She also has Crohns and her humour and warmth have been a great source of support to me. I feel less isolated and can now tackle my condition with an air of positivity and hope!
|Nominee:||Madam Bipolar http://www.madambipolar.com/|
|Reason:||Madam Bipolar takes the stigma out of a very stigmatised community. She offers insights into bipolar disorder and depression. Her blog is the only one of its type in Australia.|
|Nominee:||Brigid Laurito: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/squeakyjoints/|
|Reason:||Through her I see how beautiful life is, and how you can turn “tragedy” into a MIRACLE! That is an understatement. Her blog, which was started in just June of this year, gets over 500 views per day. The online support group she started with her friend Peggy, called “Squeaky Joints” started in September of 2011. Members of the group call themselves “Squeakers”! Currently Squeaky Joints has 275 members from USA, UK, Ireland, Austraila, Africa, and Canada. It is growing each day. I am so proud of her and all that she continues to do each day!|
|Reason:||Fr. Bob is a new member to this encephalitis survivors/caregivers group. This year, his church supplied the space and food for our meeting and Fr. Bob got two wonderful neurologists from The Mayo Clinic to speak at our conference. Now he is bending over backwards to move this group into a new position of raising awareness of survivors, caregivers and the medical community.|
|Reason:||Great recipes, plenty of health information, entertaining writing style, and very responsive to comments/questions.|
|Reason:||Leeroy has developed the Fibro Bloggers Directory. In just a few months, she’s collected a thoughtfully-curated list of the fifty “best” bloggers about fibromyalgia. Each time I visit her site, I learn about a new resource for managing fibro.|
|Reason:||She’s a 9 year old that has done so much for JDRF. She was an Angel In our Midst on channel 3 news, has collected donations as far as England. And she isn’t giving up. She’s reached her initial goal of $1,000.00 and will walk in the Walk for A Cure in May 2012|
|Reason:||Following the suicide of her husband in early 2011, she’s encouraged countless people to speak out about, honestly and without judgment, about mental health issues that effect themselves and the people they love.|
|Reason:||Patricia Brynn Clark is one of the strongest most dedicated women I know. I have watched her through many struggles in her life and to be diagnosed with lupus, among other things in her later life, she has taken it upon herself to send the message of healing to millions of other people who suffer the daily bindings of their disease. She educates herself to deal better with her own ailings and shares all she has learned with others so they too can heal and begin to live healthier daily lives. She is very creative in the ways that she inspires. with her own powerful voice and words of wisdom she *cracks the whip*. She is one amazing woman who not only deals with the daily struggles of her own family and health, but is ALWAYS on top of her *lupies* I give her all the credit in the world, and she definately deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and caring.|
|Nominee:||Candice http://embracegfree.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/#!/CandiceRose90|
|Reason:||Candice is a college student who launched her blog Embrace G-Free in January 2011. While maintaining a busy college life, Candice has managed to regularly post to her blog about living as a gluten-free college student with Celiac Disease. After being sick throughout all of high school, Candice was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease prior to her sophomore year of college. As the name of her blog says, Candice has embraced her gluten-free lifestyle and has chosen to live positively with Celiac Disease, sharing her adventures along the way. I am always impressed that Candice can juggle college, her blog, her Twitter, and her Facebook accounts. She is honest and upbeat which keeps me reading each post. Candice loves to experiment in her kitchen and share her recipes with her blog readers. Without reservations, I nominated Candice of Embrace G-Free for the Rookie of the Year.|
|Reason:||Charis has developed a great platform from people with IBD or an ostomy. She updates her page as a person, but also with great information and makes it really easy to relate to her. She’s very active on other related facebook pages, getting her cause out there but also helping people who are on other sides aside from her own. I think Charis has a great attitude, and she projects that when shes posting on individual posts. I find myself following her page quite often.|
These are so great and they aren’t even all our nominations! Be sure to check out more Rookie of the Year nominations on Facebook.
Congrats to our Rookie nominees – you’ve clearly made an impression and have done great things in 2011!
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