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About: Effie Koliopoulos

Effie Koliopoulos


2018 WEGO Health Awards Rookie of the Year Winner

Hi! I’m a writer, blogger, YouTuber, and awareness-raising advocate. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis 14 years ago. I created my website and blog, https://risingabovera.com to share my journey, patient stories, medical and general information, advice, inspiration, and more. I’m featured on The Mighty, Yahoo Lifestyle, Health Monitor’s Guide to RA, among others. In May 2018, I launched a 3-day awareness challenge on social media called, ‘I Am Keeping It Real With.’ It’s now ongoing and can be found on Instagram by the same name. You can also find me on YouTube at, RA & Myself. RA may limit what I can do at times, but it won’t stop me from being myself.

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5 Tips for Sharing Your Story

  Sharing your story can be scary and intimidating. You may wonder why would anyone ever want to hear what I have gone through? What makes what I have to say important? Will I be laughed at or criticized? Well, I’m here to tell you I was in that phase of hesitancy but decided to…

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