Chronic Eileen Has Been Nominated in the 2019 WEGO Health Awards

Looking to increase Patient Leader credibility? Shine some light on those amazing patient advocates making waves in their community and health care?

Here is your chance…

What are the WEGO Health Awards?

The WEGO Health Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community. It provides the opportunity for community members to thank and support the Patient Leaders and patient-centric initiatives they admire. Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 4,000 nominations in 2018 alone!

What is WEGO Health?

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company dedicated to transforming healthcare by harnessing the experience, skills and insights of Patient Leaders. People such as myself, patient advocate for arthritis. WEGOHealth covers all sorts of health conditions.

I had the pleasure of meeting their Vice President Julie Croner at the 2019 HealtheVoices conference in Dallas Texas!She herself is also an inflammatory arthritis warrior, mom and curator of one of my personal favorite blogs for the hope it instills even in just the name “It’s Just A Bad Day, Not A Bad Life”

What do the 15 winners get?

Award recipients of the 2019 WEGO Health Awards will be featured on healthcare’s biggest stage as thought leaders within the health community.

Winners will be honored live at the HLTH conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, October 27-30, 2019.

With +300 speakers, +800 founders and +200 media, HLTH is health innovation’s largest conference. From patient panels to roundtables and Table Talks, winners will participate as featured Patient Leaders amongst industry professionals.

Don’t miss out on being part of the WEGO Health Awards program this year. The stakes have never been higher!

Winners will receive a prize pack valued at over $7,000 which includes:

  • Airfare and accommodations to the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas, NV

  • WEGO Health Awards presentation & reception at the HLTH Conference

  • Personalized WEGO Health Awards plaque

  • Opportunity to share your patient expertise on patient panels, roundtables and Table Talks with other industry leaders at the HLTH Conference

  • Participate as social media ambassadors in the lead up to the conference and live during the event

  • Compensated 2020 WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board member

To Nominate

June – July

Nominate the exceptional patient advocates, influencers and organizations who make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers.

Who should you nominate? Think about the advocates you see leading FB groups and Twitter chats, presenting at conferences, collaborating with industry, publishing articles, podcasts and so much more! Don’t forget to nominate the companies working with these Patient Leaders as well.

To Endorse


Endorsements are a way to give nominees a visual show of support.

During this period, each nominee will receive an Endorsement badge to post on their social sites as well as a badge in their WEGO Health Awards profile. You’ll then be able to endorse the nominees with you support!

The top 3 endorsed nominees within each category become automatic finalists. Check out the Nominee Directory to endorse your favorites. Please note, endorsements are not yet open.

What my community has said about me so far:

Eileen is an honest, straight forward RA Advocate, sharing her truth and instilling hope through her blog, helping people with RA feel validated, understood and supported. She truly is a beacon of light for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Community — Kristal

When I discovered Eileen’s blog, I was drawn in by the conversational way she talks about arthritis. I don’t even have arthritis and her blog posts are incredibly interesting. If I ever develop arthritis, which my doctor says is likely, I know where I’ll turn for info and support. (Also, her website layout and blog photos are simply STUNNING)! — Jenna

Eileen made a bold statement, ” if I’m going to be the sick girl, I may as well kick ass at it,” and she has. Eileen has done so much in a short time, being featured in Inked magazine, Readers digest, TV appearances, Walk for arthritis, .. Since I have to fight this journey of RA, I’m thankful to have Eileen as a fierce leader . She is unstoppable. — Alethea

Eileen is exactly that. a HERO. An inspiration to many in the advocacy community in all that she does and has done. She continues to set out to make a monumental impact for those living with the condition that she herself contends with and she does it with optimism which is truly motivating. — Tiffany

Eileen has a spunky personality and a great sense of humor, which brings a unique perspective to arthritis and the information she relays to others. She is transparent and real in her experiences, making her a trustworthy leader in her community. — Marisa

Eileen is an awesome, straightforward and honest advocate for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Community! Her blogs not only speak from the heart but showcase the trials and triumphs while living with RA! Eileen is a true inspiration and Hero for her community! — Kristal

And those who I nominated and want to shine some light on.

Best In Show Twitter

I am nominating A Chronic Voice for best twitter because of the quality of content consistently put out by her and her ability to articulating chronic illness from various perspectives.

Hilarious Patient Leader

Vern has a hilarious and often dark sense of humor about his 30 year long journey with crohns and always puts a smile or giggle on your face despite the crap he goes through.

Best Kept Secret

Jennifer Mulder is a psychologist, mother and woman living with chronic illness. Her blog and social media channels are professional, beautiful and yet still capture the rawness of living with chronic illness. I often refer to her writing when I am in a dark place or in need of some tips. I believe more shoulder follow Jennifer.

Patient Leader Hero

Tiffany is a patient leader hero and deserves this award because she has been there for myself, even though we do not share the same illness, I have seen her there for her epilepsy community and many other advocates of all walks of life and disease. She is a ray of warmth and beauty which can brighten your day.

Healthcare Collaborator Patient

Marla because she’s a patient who’s gone through it all and done such a remarkable job capturing it while being a nurse, mom, speaker, writer and advocate. I admire her and her work!

Best In Show Instagram

Marisa is beauty, brains and compassion! Her instagram eloquently portrays life with lupus, self care and her overall beautiful positive energy.

Best In Show Podcast

Robert and Brady are creating one of the best podcasts out there for the chronic illness community! Not just the HIV/AIDs community, but many of us facing different battles with our health. I love their ability to see us all equal. They’ve made me feel welcome and loved in the health advocate community since the moment I met them.

Lifetime Achievement Award

I look up to Lisa, as a mother, patient and advocate. I admire her work and all she has done for the Moyamoya community and those who’ve experienced the ups and downs of unreliable health.