Debbie @ ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

Patient Leader

I am a patient as well as patient leader and advocate for Osteoarthritis - Avascular Necrosis - Osteonecrosis. - Spondylolisthesis I also am a CureClick Ambassador, AF rep ,and a member of WEGOHealth. After Being diagnosed in 2014 with AVN life set me on a different path other than being an optometric tech and apprentice optician. I had to hang my white lab coat up in the eye care industry a lot sooner than i would have liked, that was very hard for me as I loved seeing patients , helping them. But having Osteonecrosis in knee from injury and Osteoarthritis in both knees as well as Arthritis in back and Spondylolisthesis in my L5S1 , Hashimoto, Hypothyroidism and Adrenal fatigue I set out on a new path. That new path was becoming a group founder of The support group Avascular Necrosis / Osteonecrosis Support Int'l on FB. As well as advocate for those with avn,, bone pain, chronic pain and inflammation I found many patients could not find doctors knowledgeable in this rare disease, so i set out to call doctors in every state to see what orthos were experienced in avn and also thought out of the box as far as treatments vs just waiting until a patients bones collapsed and then giving them a joint replacement .. I am working on a world wide directory as well. I also wrote a booklet on osteonecrosis that I give out to our group members they can read it and try to understand what avascular necrosis is, locate forms of treatment and share with their family and doctor so that they can better understand what we deal with day to day. I also give these booklets out at health fairs etc. I love research -history- medical information and new technology- I also love to study the bible- and I love real estate I also for over 30+ years have advocated for victims of domestic violence.. I also have gone back to school to study real estate

Location

Poland , OH

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Best in Show: Blog Rookie of the Year

Well she provides great info and after getting to know her I just gained more respect for her. She is an amazing advocate The liknks I have for her for fb just aren’t loading on your site https://m.facebook.com/AvascularNecrosisAndBoneDiseaseAwareness/ https://avascularnecrosiseducation.com/author/chronicallygratefuldebla/  — Lisa

The work and dedication she puts into her advocacy is above and beyond  — Thomas

She strives to provide vital information to those of us suffering with Avascular Necrosis- she wrote a pamphlet that helped my family understand what I was dealing with. She is making Avascular Necrosis known. She is a real inspiration while dealing with her own health issues and bone problems  — Tina

Debbie is a compassionate and dedicated warrior and professional! She goes above and beyond not only because she can offer us insight due to the fact that she is a patient herself, but because she does research and collaborates with professionals. We can trust her to always deliver the correct information with a kind heart.  — ronni

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Rookie of the Year Best in Show: Twitter Best in Show: Youtube

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Rookie of the Year Best in Show: Facebook Advocating for Another
Debbie @ ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

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