I’m honored. Thank you!

This blog was nominated for Wego Health Activist Award this year.  I was also nominated for “Best Kept Secret”…shhhh!  lol  Wego is a fabulous organization that links health care advocates  with patients via social media.  They have an annual award ceremony to honor “Health Activists who enrich the lives of others by sharing their experience, knowledge and strength”….I’m humbled that someone would nominate me for anything let along both categories.

Honestly, I’m so thrilled!  If you are so inclined, I’d love if you could endorse me by voting!  Here is the link:

https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/501

 

Thanks so much!  Remember to endorse all of your favorite Health Activists on Wego’s site!  You can vote daily!  Thank you so very much!

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

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