I'm so honoured and grateful to be nominated once again for the WEGO Health Awards. Last year I was nominated for the Best In Show: Blog category, this year it's for the Best In Show: Facebook category for all my ME/CFS advocacy.
Being an advocate is hard work, especially when you have a severe chronic illness like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Patients are putting their own health on the line during advocacy campaigns, pushing their limits, trying to be consistent, to be heard, to be seen. They often pay for months afterwards in the form of deterioration and much pain.
Of course we do not raise awareness for personal recognition, but for the good of the community as a whole. Being recognised is still a great joy and reward. It lets patient leaders and advocates know that their efforts were seen and appreciated, especially if they have been isolated by their worsened condition in the aftermath of a busy awareness campaign. Things like this can lighten the load and lift our spirits.
I am so excited to share this news with you! I have been nominated for the 2018 WEGO Health Award in the Best In Show: Blog category!
I first heard about WEGO Health Awards last year when one of the lovely warriors I follow on Instagram was nominated for her advocacy efforts. I later joined them on Twitter for a few of their live chats too. I thought it was a great idea to give recognition to these chronic illness warriors who are not only battling their own illnesses, but continue to raise awareness and support the communities they serve.
I was certainly not expecting to ever be nominated for one myself! This is a huge honour and I am so very grateful.