2018 Top 10 Best in Show: Podcasts

There are thousands of Patient Leaders working day in and day out to educate, raise awareness and support their patient community. The WEGO Health Awards give us the chance to recognize Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, to ultimately find the top Patient Leaders in each space.

To recognize the Patient Leaders community members endorsed, we’ve compiled the Top 10 Patient Leaders in each category.  Best More than ever, Patient Leaders are taking to airwaves to share their story and empower their communities. As podcasts become an ever-increasingly popular form of media, there are some Patient Leaders standing out from the crowd. Whether humorous, informational or empowering, these Top 10 Patient Leader podcasts leave you feeling inspired and ready to take on the world!


Sickboy Podcast

Chronic Illness Patient Leader

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Sickboy Podcast is hilarious, ridiculously insightful and absolutely determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease! The show started with three best friends who recognized that when faced with difficult situations, illnesses and diseases, people tighten up, they get awkward, and they simply don’t know what to say. Taking the lead from Jeremie’s lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the boys help people understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh. Make sure to follow this inspirational 2018 WEGO Health Awards Best in Show: Podcast winner. 



The Psych Central Show with Gabe Howard

Mental Health Patient Leader

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My name is Gabe Howard and I’m an award-winning writer & speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. I also host The Psych Central Show! The Psych Central Show is a weekly podcast that offers a candid, interesting, and in-depth look into all things mental health and psychology. Vincent M. Wales Co-hosts. We are a top 10 podcast on iTunes (health category) reaching over 10,000 unique listeners per month. Learn more about the Psych Central Show.




Lisa Cypers Kamen

Mental Health Patient Leader

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Broadcasting consciously crafted brain food from the beaches of Malibu, California. Lisa mindfully curates purpose-driven on-demand radio focusing on personal growth, human-interest, self-improvement, healthy lifestyle, positive wellbeing and psycho-social education for skeptics and seekers around the world. Harvesting Happiness for Heroes is a 501 (c)(3) offering stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones. HH4Heroes supports the transformation of Post-Traumatic (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). Learn more about Harvesting Happiness. 




MS Patient Leader

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“I have an attitude about MS. I speak to it as it deserves: I tell it FUMS every day. And I encourage my community to do the same. My podcast provides information, inspiration, and motivation for living our best lives with MS – all with an attitude. I’m able to ask the questions of my guests that we all share as patients. I’m so lucky to be in a position to not only get these answers – but to share them with my community. We learn, grow, survive and thrive together. That’s what it’s all about – helping each other. And – having a little attitude about it!! 😉 #FUMS” Learn more about Kathy’s podcast.



Lauren Selfridge

Chronic Illness Patient Leader

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“While medical issues can be incredibly difficult, I believe they are also an invitation into a deeper, richer, more conscious relationship with ourselves. I’m a psychotherapist with Multiple Sclerosis living in San Francisco, and I created the podcast “This Is Not What I Ordered” to highlight the depth of insight held by people with chronic illness and health challenges. Each week, I talk to a new guest to find out what wisdom they hold as a result of their health challenges. We laugh together and think out loud about how we make meaning of what’s going on with our bodies, what questions we’re living with, and what it means to live a truly fulfilling life.” Get more on “This is Not What I Ordered.”



Michelle Hammer 

Mental Health Patient Leader

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“I’m a Schizophrenic New Yorker who decided to use my creativity and fearless personality to do something different. I started a clothing line with the goal of sparking conversations about mental illness, and now I’m the co-host of a popular podcast. A BIPOLAR, A SCHIZOPHRENIC, AND A PODCAST is a weekly show that explores life through the double lens of a girl living with schizophrenia and a guy living with bipolar. Each episode explores our past and present experiences as shaped by mental illness.” Add this podcast to your weekly listen list! 



Katayune Kaeni

PPD Patient Leader

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“After I experienced postpartum depression and anxiety with my first child, I became so passionate about helping other women and families. I couldn’t believe that as a psychologist, I hadn’t learned enough about things like postpartum depression to be able to recognize it in myself. Now, as a specialist in perinatal mental health I use the platform of my podcast, Mom & Mind, to get information and awareness into the hands and ears of the people who need it most…the new moms, dads and families who may be struggling. Through real stories and expert interviews, we shed light on the difficult truths of new parenthood and let people know that they are not alone. You deserve to be informed.” Learn more about Mom & Mind.



PodcastDX with Lita Tomas 

Rare Disease Patient Leader

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PodcastDX is an interview based podcast series of patients in a “peer-to-peer medical advice format”. Many Americans turn to friends and family for support and advice when they have a health problem. Since people’s networks are expanding to include online peers, particularly in the crucible of rare disease, we decided to implement a podcast series to interview and discuss various diagnoses with actual patients. Health professionals remain the central source of information for most Americans, but “peer-to-peer healthcare” is a significant supplement. Learn more about PodcastDX.



Stacy Simms

Diabetes Patient Leader

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“My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, just before he turned two. Since that day, I’ve been amazed at the resilience and strength of the diabetes community. Diabetes can be a very isolating condition and making connections online & in person empower us in a way that is a vital complement to medical care. I started the podcast to help others feel that same powerful sense of “me too.” Diabetes Connections features prominent advocates, authors and speakers and includes “every day” people with diabetes and their friends and family. It’s been an incredible experience for me and I’m thrilled that my listeners enjoy it!” Click to connect with Stacy.




Mental Podcast

Mental Health

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Mental is the brain-child of Bobby Temps, who lives and thrives while managing his own mental health. Each week joined by a special guest Mental is intended to be a safe space to hear honest and open discussion about mental health in the hope listeners will feel more empowered to continue the conversation with others. In addition, we are campaigning to bring mental health education to all schools in the UK and the government has already put forward initial plans on how to achieve this. With support from politicians, influencers, charities and 91 thousand signatures we are close to improving the health of generations to come. We would then look to extend the campaign to other countries. Learn more about the Mental Podcast.



Between all 10 of these fabulous podcasts, we’ve got you covered in traffic for the next few weeks at least! 



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