Kelly

Patient Leader

I am a patient living with Spondlyoarthropathy, Fibromyalgia & Thyroid disease. I am also a cofounder of IFAA. IFAA is a global non-profit that endeavors to raise awareness, providing wellness education and support, & promoting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by autoimmune arthritis diseases. My passion is awareness & advocacy for the rheumatology community & all those living with chronic illness. I represented my state for the ACR as a Patient Advocate on Capitol Hill in 2013 & 2016. I write a blog: As my joints turn. I love connecting with other patients via social media & my life is richer being a part of this amazing community.

Nominations

Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog Hilarious Patient Leader Best Kept Secret Best in Show: Twitter

Finalist

Health Activist Hero

She began volunteering for organizations that help others living with RA. Recently she cofounded the "International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis" and represented PA & NJ on Capitol Hill for the American College of Rheumatology. She advocates for others instead of feeling sorry for herself.  — Maureen

Kelly works tirelessly with IFAA to spread awareness for those living with RA. She went to Capitol Hill w/ the American College of Rheumatology and speaks publicly to patients and pharmaceutical companies about living with RA. Kelly also runs IFAA's various social media pages including Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. She is amazing.  — Maureen

Kelly is a behind the scenes person who makes IFAA so successful. She runs most of the social media pages for IFAA and has begun to be recognized as a health activist outside of IFAA. She always worked tirelessly for children with autism and now for people with RA. Kelly's focus has always been on service and she deserves to be recognized.

Kelly has always worked to help others. She started an autism program in Uganda and went off all of her RA medicine over 6 months just to be able to go. That took a toll on her body so now she works to advocate for others with RA. She said she never thought this would be her life, but since it is, she wants to help others with RA, too.  — Jim

Kelly writes from the heart. She blogs about her real life experiences living with multiple autoimmune diseases and fibromyalgia. Kelly details the ups and down of her chronic life with grace and humor. In addition to her blog, she is the cofounder of IFAA and has twice been an Advocate for Arthritis for the American College of rheumatology.  — Maureen

Kelly writes from the heart. She blogs about her real life experiences living with multiple autoimmune diseases and fibromyalgia. Kelly details the ups and down of her chronic life with grace and humor. In addition to her blog, she is the cofounder if IFAA and has twice been an Advocate for Arthritis for the American College of rheumatology..

Kelly

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