Michaela Davert (FunsizedStyle)

Patient Leader

Hi, I'm Michaela Davert! While some my see my work as a patient leader as extraordinary, for me it's a passion and a calling I am given. I was born with a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Type III). Osteogenesis Imperfecta is caused by a gene mutation that doesn't allow the body to produce enough collagen. This results in many different health effects, but one of the biggest is it causes my bones to be extremely fragile and I have experienced over 100 fractures and almost 25 surgeries. I wouldn't trade my disability for the world, and I see it as one of my biggest blessings. Crazy, right?! Allow me to explain. Having Osteogenesis Imperfecta has taught me so many things, and I share those perspectives and my life experiences with others in a variety of ways. For the past 3 years, I have taught first-year medical students on a patient panel at the University of Michigan Medical School alongside my orthopedic surgeon. By doing this, I hope sharing my perspective of the healthcare industry, and what I have experienced to future doctors, that it will result in more positive and patient-focused experiences in the future. In 2016, I participated in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Research Capitol Hill Days with my orthopedic surgeon to advocate and speak to Congress members about increasing funding for research for Osteogenesis Imperfecta and other muscular-skeletal conditions other patients may have, by sharing my story. As a society, I've noticed and learned we view disability and other health conditions as a tragedy and sadness. As I begin to notice this more and more, I wanted to continue my advocacy work in a way that would reach more people. This is when I started my YouTube channel, FunsizedStyle. I wanted to share the joy that I have for life not in spite of, but because of my disability. On my channel, I do educational videos about my disability and other health conditions I have to teach others. And I enjoy educating those about my health. My hope is that my platform is a way to let others know who are experiencing similar challenges, that they have a purpose and have so much to offer. I also use my platform in an additional avenue of advocacy besides just my health. I hope to be a new face to the beauty and fashion industry. Many strides have been made to showcase women in the beauty and fashion industry with disabilities, but there is still a long way to go. I create makeup tutorials and fashion videos to be that new face in the industry and to be a role model for young girls and women around the world. By having this platform, I am able to continue my advocacy work in ways I never imagined and I am so grateful for it. Being nominated for a WEGO Health Award has inspired me even more to continue my advocacy work as a Patient Leader knowing that it's making a difference in the lives of others. I could not be more grateful for this opportunity to do this work.

Location

Bay City, MI

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Best Kept Secret Best in Show: Youtube

She has one of the most positive outlooks on life despite having a disability. Even though she's in a wheelchair you notice her abilities not her disability. She is such an inspiration and her channel is so much fun to watch. Not only does she have this channel she does a lot of advocacy work in her community.  — Jenny

She is a positive light that loves to help others even when she has to endure so much. She deserves the world and more recognition. Please consider her as a winner for this award  — Joshua

She is absolutely genuine and a breath of fresh air. I learned of her through a another page of a popular toddler with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. I've loved watching Michaela every since! She shares the ups and downs of her typical daily life, not just the happy stuff. It's amazing to see her continue to battle for good health while also giving back.  — Cherie

Michaela has a heart of gold and an inspiration to so many. She overcomes daily challenges with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She is a fighter and not a quitter. She drives for perfection and wants to help others.  — Putman

Michaela's "Fun Size Style" is a sweet reminder that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes with an array of challenges. Not all faces of makeup are flawless, and Michaela proudly and fearlessly discusses her differences while also showing she's just like everyone else. And if you were to meet her in person you'd know she's an absolute sweetheart.  — Amber

I am a brand new subscriber to her Youtube channel and ended up watching her videos for two hours straight. I think she inspires us to love ourselves and accept ourselves just the way we are. She is kind, funny, and very honest about her limitations which makes her videos feel like your getting advice and inspiration from a friend.  — Rylie

Michaela Davert (FunsizedStyle)

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