AutonomicRN

Patient Leader

RN turned full time patient. After Dysautonomia turned my life upside down, I was forced to figure out the new normal. While each day constantly brings change and unpredictability, I’ve been able to use my experiences to give a voice to those who don’t have one. Through blogging, online advocacy, and serving on a National Leadership Team for a nonprofit as Medical, Clinical Liaison and also on their Advocacy Team, my voice now reaches individuals globally. While I loved bedside nursing, I never thought about the reach that I possibly could have on a global level. Connecting with so many patient leaders, advocates, and members of health care teams has been invaluable and has allowed me to forge new relationships that I never thought was possible.

Location

Mineral Point, WI

Nominations

Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Rookie of The Year Best Kept Secret Patient Leader Hero Advocating for Another Best in Show: Twitter Best in Show: Blog

Finalist

Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

When you find a person willing to share from the depths of their soul and do it with such honesty and heart, you have to let the world know. This blogger is new to blogging, but now new to sharing how difficult it is living with Autonomic Neuropathy. The information is current, brave, and defining on living with a rare disease.  — Hetlena

Kim's blog hits home about a professional RN becoming the patient. She advocates for rare diseases after being diagnosed with many herself. She has the ability to blog about her experiences as an RN and as a patient; seeing and being on both sides.  — Lisa

Kimberly writes an informative and heartfelt blog, where we are able to laugh and cry with her. When I read her words, I find myself transported to wherever she is and I also feel less alone in my own health struggles. I have learned the majority of what I understand of my own health through her blog as we have a lot of overlapping conditions.  — Gabrielle

Kimberly at AutonomicRN defines herself by sharing information from experience and the heart. Her honesty, integrity, and care shows through her talent of writing. She is definitely a best kept secret!  — Hetlena

Feeling alone with my diagnoses, I found Kim's Twitter and blog, which allowed me to learn more about my own conditions than my doctors provided. She is active in many chats, communities, and support organizations, bringing the knowledge and care that only a nurse can. I would not be half the advocate I am without her support and encouragement.  — Gabrielle

What better advocate than someone who knows from experience! AutonomicRN is the advocate of advocates when it comes to helping and speaking out for others. She writes and posts with an emphasis on self-care and the whole person.  — Hetlena

Kim has shared her medical knowledge together with her personal experience to help others stuggling eith rare and chronic illness. Along with providing inspiration and resources, she has shared her journey in hopes of helping others.  — Shannon

Going from nurse to patient, Kim has taken her knowledge and used it to educate patients and doctors aboyt various autonomic disorders. Kim has worked tirelessly with doctors and many other organizations trying to find ways to improve patient care and quality if life. Her passion makes her one of the best advocates I have met.  — Shannon

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