Effie Koliopoulos

Patient Leader

Hi! I’m a writer, blogger, YouTuber and awareness-raising advocate. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis 14 years ago. I created my website and blog, https://risingabovera.com to share my journey, patient stories, medical and general information, advice, inspiration, and more. I’m featured on The Mighty, Yahoo Lifestyle, Health Monitor's Guide to RA, among others. In May 2018, I launched a 3-day awareness challenge on social media called, 'I Am Keeping It Real With.' It’s now ongoing and can be found on Instagram by the same name. You can also find me on YouTube at, RA & Myself. "RA may limit what I can do at times, but it won't stop me from being myself." -Effie


Glenview, IL


Rookie of the Year

Past Awards Participation

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Lifetime Achievement Rookie of The Year Best in Show: Twitter
Effie Koliopoulos

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