My name is Kristin Tousignant but I go by mini2z online. The mini is a part of my nickname from work and the 2z is a play on my last name. (mini2z = mini two zee) I was diagnosed in 1994 with Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease and have been battling Chronic Migraines since she was 21. In 2012, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but a few months later it was changed to Type 1.5 or LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults). I was still sick but started my blog, mini2z.com, in 2013 as a way for family to share mine and my daughter’s trip to Europe. I was still so sick and catching every bug and illness that I encountered. As a result, I missed a lot of work at a career as a police officer and was harassed and checked on at my home by my employer not believing that I was sick. I was home sick every time except for one, as my husband thought a drive in the sun with my puppy would cheer up my depression. This caused more anxiety and depression and the illnesses continued as well as the migraines, fevers, chronic pain and fatigue. Finally, in 2014 I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE and Fibromyalgia. It was then that I started writing more about what I was going through with my illnesses. Online is where I found support. I decided to start sharing more of my journey in the hopes that I could help more newly diagnosed or those looking where to get answers or just to listen. In 2018, I was nominated for two WEGO awards. I've been honoured with being able to attend two HealtheVoices conferences where I've met so many of my patient leader heros who are now real true friends. I hope that my journey inspires others. Thank you.
Kristin and I have chatted back/forth on Twitter for several years prior to 2018, but in the past 6 months I feel that she has really become a seasoned and flourishing advocate. It was such a joy to meet her at HealtheVoices '18 and I love keeping in touch with such an incredible woman! Congrats on your nominations, Kristin! You deserve them ALL! — Kenzie
I am nominating Kristin for this award for her outstanding and exceptional goals she has set for herself. She makes me proud to call her My Daughter. She is always struggling to make all her personal goals numbers count to their fullest potential reasons to be her best ever! Kristin is a positive influence to her peers.!Thanks Kristin--- — Elle
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