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Feature Friday: Lori-Ann Holbrook, Psoriatic Arthritis Health Activist

WEGO Health recently had the opportunity to connect with Lori-Ann Holbrook, a health activist who welcomes readers into the daily life of an active city girl with Psoriatic Arthritis.

Utilizing her blog, CityGirlFlare, and twitter (@CityGirlFlare), Lori-Ann shares her daily experiences, as well as heath tips and insights as to how she continues to lead a fun, loving life full of shopping, museums, shows and plenty of walking despite her chronic conditions.

Get To Know Lori-Ann Holbrook | WEGO Health Patient Influencer Spotlight wegohealth.comDiagnosed with both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in 2012, Lori-Ann was introduced to the world of Health Advocacy by a woman she met at an event. After learning of the woman’s blog about Psoriasis, Lori-Ann was inspired to create her own blog in hopes of educating and encouraging fellow patients as well as raising awareness for Psoriatic Arthritis.

Lori-Ann believes her biggest lesson has been not to hide her chronic conditions. She recognizes her conditions can be embarrassing, but reminds fellow patients within the community that “…you are in control of what they [others] think. You have the opportunity to explain to them what’s really going on. You have the opportunity to create awareness.”

And that seems to be exactly what Lori-Ann is doing. With over 2,000 followers on Twitter (and rapidly growing!), Lori-Ann offers humorous memes, informative research findings, and healing tips to continue to inspire and educate the Psoriatic Arthritis community.

The hope of CityGirlFlare is to encourage other patients to connect and share their story, but not just those with Psoriatic Arthritis. After attending a couple HealtheVoices! conferences, Lori-Ann appreciates the opportunity to learn about other bloggers and their chronic conditions. She has found health advocacy and its growing communities have created a sense of belonging for so many struggling with various chronic conditions. She reminds all patients, “The world needs you and Me. Speak up for your condition.”

Visit City Girl Flare for insights and tips on living an active life with Psoriatic Arthritis!


Kristen Long, WEGO Health Activist Awards Coordinator

Kristen Long is the Health Activist Awards Coordinator at WEGO Health. Her own health experiences have inspired her to empower other patients and encourage the power of patient advocacy. Follow Kristen on Twitter and Facebook.

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