Patient Leader

I am what I call a professional patient, and part time blogger/patient advocate. I was diagnosed at the age of 18 with a very rare blood cancer called Essential Thrombocytosis. After a period of time spent with my head buried in the sand, I decided I needed to be a more organized and proactive patient. Ever since then I have been active on message boards, and tried to attend as many patient meetings as I could. In order to reach my fellow patients and their caregiveres more easily, I created my online Advocate persona, LinaMPN. I write at, and also guest blog for Always remember, you are your own best advocate. if you do not take care of yourself, who will?

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Hilarious Health Activist Best in Show: Blog

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards


Rookie of the Year

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Hilarious Patient Leader

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