Kelly

Patient Leader

I am a patient living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia & Thyroid disease. I am also a cofounder of the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis. My passion is awareness & advocacy for the rheumatology community & all those living w/ chronic illness. I believe strongly in the patient voice & use my voice advocate on Capitol Hill for patients with rheumatology diseases. I love connecting w/ other patients via social media & my life is richer being a part of this amazing community. I write about my life w/ arthritis & my pets on my blog: As my Joints Turn.

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Hilarious Patient Leader

Not only is Kelly living with RA, fibromyalgia, and more herself, but she also cares for a spoonie dog who lives with syringomyelia and a number of other health issues. Though one or both of them are almost always suffering, she finds a way to share their stories with humor. Whether in a short quip or a full blog, Kelly makes me literally LOL.  — Kerry

Kelly is a blog friend turned real life friend in this crazy world of patient advocacy. I've always admired her strength in maintaining a stressful full-time job, her own ongoing chronic health issues, taking care of er elderly parents, and her famous Spoonie pup, Miss Georgia Grace.  — MarlaJan

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Finalist

Health Activist Hero

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best Kept Secret Health Activist Hero

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best Kept Secret Best in Show: Blog

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Hilarious Patient Leader Best Kept Secret Best in Show: Twitter
Kelly

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