Tell me, what is WEGO Health, and why are you nominated for an award as a Patient Leader?
Good question. I asked the same thing.
Here you go; WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of Patient Leaders. Apparently, I‘m a Patient Leader. Go figure.
The website says that Patient Leaders are the most visible and trusted health consumers. They raise awareness, share information, and support their communities. A Patient Leader uses their own health journey to raise awareness, share knowledge, and help others. They leverage social media to amplify their voice, connect with peers, and build community.
July 7th, I was nominated for ‘Best Kept Secret,’ and I immediately shared my reaction and nomination on Facebook. I found it amusing, not at the nomination, but at the fact that someone, anyone, would think I’m a best-kept secret.
To know me is to know I haven’t stopped talking about cystic fibrosis for twenty-eight years. I write about it in my books, Beyond Breathing, and See You at Sunset, I speak about it publicly, on TV, and I educate complete strangers when they ask me about my ’65 ROSES’ license plate. I am ALWAYS talking about it.
So to be a ‘Best Kept Secret, I giggled.
As the days progressed, I was then nominated in FOUR additional categories:
• Advocating for Another
• Best in Show: Community/Forum
• Best in Show: Facebook
• Patient Leader Hero
I was utterly humbled by the outpouring of support for just the ONE category of Best Kept Secret on Facebook and didn’t want to repost another saying,
“Oh, wait…there’s more.”
But then I realized the impact of being a ‘winner’ or recipient of a #WEGOHEALTHAWARD could do.
I understand the importance to connect with the healthcare industry as a patient advocate, it’s something I already do, but I could now have an even more significant impact, an amplified voice.
So I wrote this blog and I’m asking for your vote, again.
Thank you to everyone who already voted, endorsed, or gave me a virtual hug for ‘Best Kept Secret.’ But the joke’s on them because I’m far from secret about my passion concerning all things cystic fibrosis.
And click on the ‘SUBMIT’ again for the other 4 nominations
Use the scroll Award* bar and it will continue to repopulate until you’ve voted for all 5 awards. You’re allowed to endorse each category once. So it’s a total of 5 votes per email.
I am not a fan of asking for things unless I feel they are important. This is. I do appreciate your time and THANK YOU for believing that I’ve made some sort of difference in the cystic fibrosis community at large over the past 28 years.
And truly, regardless of ‘winning’ this or not, I will continue to share, educate, and to fundraise at my speaking events, online, or to complete strangers on all health matters and awareness regarding cystic fibrosis, and their families.
We go until CF stands for Cure Found.