The Wego Health Awards 2020
The Health Awards are hosted by Wego, a fantastic platform connecting patient leaders all over the world in order to transform healthcare. Wego Health consider influencers, e-patients, collaborators, bloggers and advocates as Patient Leaders, and the Awards are their way of celebrating the achievements of such individuals.
Firstly, people nominated leaders for particular award categories. Secondly, people endorsed/voted for the nominees. I was very kindly nominated for 8 awards before nominations ended. After that, the Wego team had to whittle down the nominees to 6 in each award category, three of whom received the most votes and three of whom were chosen by the panel.
There were over 13,000 nominations for this year’s awards, making it the biggest year yet! A huge thank you to the panel for their efforts, that’s a heck of a lot to go through!
Update : Voting has ended – thank you to all who have participated in this year’s awards! Also, Wego has now become the Social Health Network.
InvisiblyMe Is A Wego Health Award Finalist!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Invisibly Me is a finalist! I was more than a little shocked when I found out. I thought there must have been a mistake because I honestly, hand on heart, never thought I’d stand the smallest chance of getting through. A huge congratulations to all of the other finalists – there are some incredible bloggers and Patient Leaders out there, which an excellent sign for raising awareness, building community & making a positive difference.
It’s now down to the panel to assess the finalists and make their decisions as to the overall winners. I know I don’t stand the smallest chance of winning and that is totally fine by me. I’m stoked to have got this far, so I’m shocked & thrilled.
There were a few things I wanted to do when running InvisiblyMe. I wanted to share my story, because all of our stories matter. I wanted to let others know they’re not quite as alone as they may feel. I wanted to raise awareness of invisible conditions. I wanted to provide some information & advice on different health-related and lifestyle issues. I wanted to cultivate a bit of a community spirit. I wanted to encourage and empower people to focus on what they can do, not what they can’t, and to advocate for their own health.
I know I’ve got a long way to go, but considering I never thought I’d make it past the first month of blogging, I’m pleased that I’m still going. I’ve reached breaking point numerous times and thought about calling it a day because I find it so difficult keeping going when living with chronic illness & pain, and I’ve been filled with self-doubt like many of us sadly are.
I won’t lie. I find blogging, and everything that involves, pretty overwhelming at times, and InvisiblyMe isn’t even a big blog with a huge following. Everything from the ideas, photos, emails and writing, to SEO, keeping up with hundreds of other blogs, and brand promotion, can add up. I do this, as do many, on top of general life ‘stuff’ and some work from home bits & pieces.
Blogging or working with chronic illness and chronic pain is no walk in the park. I take my hat off to all of those that do it. I so often feel ridiculously behind on everything and insanely disorganised, but I also love the challenge. It’s a continual learning curve and an exciting movement to be a part of.
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I just wanted to say a gigantic thank you to all those who endorsed me for the Wego awards, and a huge thank you to everyone that likes, reads, comments and shares here at InvisiblyMe. You’re my family. Please take good care of yourselves, because you’re worth looking after. Stay safe everyone.