Melanie

Patient Leader

I am truly honoured to receive this nomination . Thank you so much . My name is Melanie . I live in a small coastal town , just outside of Durban in Kwazulu Natal South Africa. I have had symptoms of Crohn's Disease since I was 7 years old and it took until I was a teenager until I got a diagnosis . When I was diagnosed it was an incredibly scary and lonely time for me . There was no social media . Once socia media started I became an admin on Facebook support groups for IBD and opened IBD Warriors Support and Awareness https://www.facebook.com/groups/1647238362159147/?ref=share ( link below ) 👇The purpose of the group is that no newly diagnosed IBD patient will feel alone . If you or someone you love has IBD please don't hesitate to reach out .

Location

Amanzimtoti , 02

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Best Team Performance Best in Show: Community Patient Leader Hero

She is the most caring and concerning person I know! Altho we live countries apart she has become my BFF... She runs a success support group!  — Tami

Mel has created this forum to enable IBD patients worldwide come together as a community. She loves and supports each and everyone of us. Even when she's going through her own problems, Mel. Is there to help, advise and generally encourage us. She works tirelessly to keep the page and group going. She so deserves this award.  — Kay

Melanie is the Founder of the wonderful support group IBD WARRIORS. This group offers great support internationally to IBD patients and their carers. It is the most caring, interactive group, that really offers both support, advice and thoughtfulness. Melanie works tirelessly to keep the group running at it's best.  — Alison

Melanie takes the time to get to know every member and has really helped me in the last year.

When I joined the community I was very depressed about my diagnosis. Melanie has gone out of her way to help me. She takes time to get to know the members in our group.  — Jenna

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Facebook

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Community Best in Show: Facebook

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook
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