2018 Top 10 Best in Show: Instagram

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. These Top 10 Instagram Patient Leaders are leveraging the media sharing platform to raise awareness for their condition area. Through pictures, videos, and stories, these leaders are cultivating a community of support, transparency, and encouragement. For anyone looking to bring their advocacy to Instagram, these are the ones to watch for strategy, inspiration & engagement tactics! 



Baylee @anxietysupport

Anxiety Patient Leader

“Hello friends! My name is Baylee. I would first like to say that I am beyond grateful for this nomination! How cool! I became a mental health advocate the day I accepted my own mental illness diagnosis. After many empty searches for a certain form of support where I could feel understood and less alone, I decided that if I couldn’t find what I was looking for that I would just create it myself. And just like that @anxietysupport was born. It’s been 6 wonderful years of sharing my own mental health journey and establishing human connections with people all around the world. I’ve made it my life’s mission to instill hope and light in what can often be a very dark and lonely struggle.” Connect with the 2018 WEGO Health Awards Best in Show: Instagram winner. 



PCOS Support Girl 

PCOS Patient Leader

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“As an advocate sharing my experiences with life with PCOS and mental health struggles, I work endlessly to break the stigmas attached to both. I hope in sharing my realities and story, I help others feel comfortable to do the same. As one of the most underfunded and underserved communities, my goal is to help people raise their voices to raise awareness. Dedicating my time to support others, push for legislative action, raise public awareness, and form a sense of community for women who often feel so alone. I want people to know that though you may have PCOS, PCOS does not have you.” Click here to learn more about PCOS Support Girl.




Abby Sams

Chronic Illness Patient Leader


Abby Sams is a 20-year-old college student and chronic illness fighter. She fought for her diagnosis for over half a decade and continues to educate and post about her daily life with chronic illness on social media. Abby strives to be real on her social media pages and holds nothing back when talking about her daily challenges or victories. She hopes that by spreading awareness of her chronic illnesses and disabilities that she will be able to break down the stereotypes and stigmas that surround them. Her advocacy has also branched out into the world of modeling representation, and she was part of Aerie’s “Aerie Real Me” campaign this fall, as their first model in a wheelchair. Take a  moment to learn more and support Abby. 



Amy Lee Fisher

Chronic Illness Patient Leader

 Twitter | Instagram

“Hey! I’m Amy and I suffer from chronic illness including HKPP, Gastroparesis, MCAD intestinal dysmotilty and POTS a few of which are related to a genetic condition called EDS, I turned to Social media to share my journey and meet others who are suffering from the same illness and in doing so I’ve met some of my best friends! I now post between two social media platforms Instagram and YouTube I help spread awareness for chronic illness and educate others. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with several companies to help promote medical aids and accessories to help the disabled and it’s all thanks to social media, it’s honestly changed my life for the better!” Connect with Amy.



Kenzie @bethecactuskenz

Chronic Illness  Patient Leader

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Kenzie is a licensed social worker, writer, and avid reader. She is currently residing in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN with her boyfriend L + service dog in training, Ophelia. Kenzie is an incredibly passionate young woman battling 3 complex medical conditions that have shaped her into the resilient, determined, and tenacious individual she is today. Kenzie enjoys connecting with other individuals affected by chronic illness and autoimmune diseases. Kenzie will soon launch a new website and merchandise store entitled “Be The Cactus Kenz.” She is thrilled about this new venture and looks forward to merging a unique variety of disease communities through her new website. Follow Kenzie.



Jessica Palmer

Anxiety Patient Leader

Facebook | Instagram

“I’m Jessica Palmer, a scientist turned yoga teacher, proud dog mom, minimalist, and creator of The Yogic Body – a wellness website offering in-home yoga, meditation, and journaling resources to women with anxiety. After my mother in law’s terminal cancer diagnosis and death, I dedicated myself to a life of confidence through mindful movement via yoga. One day, I had the urge to jump in front of the train that took me to work.. and, wow.. the thought alone just rips me apart. It was in that moment that I decided to continue my journey toward joy and return to a yoga practice. Since I have become a yoga teacher and am fortunate to teach and inspire women struggling with anxiety. Girl power!! Click to connect with Jessica.


The Migraine Life

Migraine Patient Leader


“The Migraine Life started on Instagram in 2016. It was a space which enabled me to share my journey with chronic migraine, whilst connecting with others who were going through a similar experience. I couldn’t believe how many other people there were all over the world, battling chronic migraine just like me. You’re all absolute superstars! The Migraine life is full of real talk, no-nonsense and plenty of wit! It reminds people that even during the darkest days, there is hope for a migraine-free tomorrow. I aim to continue to raise awareness and be a voice for migraineurs, advocating positive change.” Learn more about The Migraine Life.




Sarah Roberts

Chronic Illness Patient Leader

Facebook | Instagram

“I’m a 24-year-old woman from BC, Canada with Classical Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, POTS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and many other conditions. I am the founder of @StrongerThanPOTS on Instagram and Facebook and www.strongerthanpots.com. My mission is to cultivate an authentically vulnerable community where those with chronic illness, and their allies, can come together in a shame-free environment. I am passionate about spreading awareness for chronic illness, creating a fulfilling life within my limitations, and helping others do the same.” Connect with Sarah.




Heather C. Aspell

Chronic Illness Patient Leader

Twitter | Instagram

Heather is a visual storyteller, artist, and patient advocate. She has lived with multiple complex chronic illnesses since childhood including systemic JIA/Still’s Disease, dermamyositis, spondylitis, CVID, endometriosis, migraines, gastroparesis & more. Heather shares unapologetic “selfies” & other images featuring her using her mobility aids & engaging in everyday activities relating to caring for her chronic illnesses in an effort to normalize the experience of being chronically ill and disabled as a younger person and challenge common misconceptions about disability and chronic illness. She hopes that by sharing her own story she can help others feel less isolated! Learn more about Heather.



Becky @ChronicMotivation

Autoimmune Disease Patient Leader

Twitter | Instagram

Hi! I am a 33-year-old woman living in NYC. I was born with Blau Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that primarily causes arthritis in every joint in my body (but also has eye and skin involvement). Since I’ve been sick since birth, I feel exceptionally well-adjusted, and I am fortunate to be able to say that I’ve not allowed my illness to stop me from doing anything I want, like going away to college, getting a Master’s degree, playing the drums, and working full-time in hospital operations management (mostly oncology). I live independently in an apartment with my dog, and it is my goal to help as many people as possible, navigate through chronic illness. Check out: #sickpeopledoingthings and learn more about Becky.



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