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Amy’s work in the mental health field have earned her a nomination for WeGO Health’s Health Activist Award!  Endorse her by clicking the badges below until October 21st!

Detours in life create identity. Sharing them creates compassion. Share your truth! [click to tweet]

Health Ac•tiv•ist, noun — A blogger, tweeter, or community leader helping others navigate their health.amyfinalfinal

View my Health Activist profile here!

I’m an artist, performer, musician, creator, & life-lover embracing uncertainty after a sudden blood clot caused me to fall into a coma for months at 18. After almost losing my life, I aim to share the lessons trauma can teach all of us – an appreciation of the world’s everyday miracles and beautiful detours! As a Detourist, I looked for the upside of obstacles, welcoming the unexpected change in my “thought-out” life to see what opportunities may arise.

(Here’s an example: my TEDx Talk ended with this…and then was followed…by this.)

So, I try to be as active as I can about how anyone can become empowered by gratitude, and transform any obstacle into some kind of growth.  Because what’s the point of an obstacle if it doesn’t teach or inspire us?

I’ve thrived through 27 surgeries, and a proud health advocate, vocal in the ostomate community. As the regional recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, I want people to know that having bags on you does NOT have to give you baggage.

 You can endorse me as a Health Activist by clicking on any of the badges below!

I find inspiration everywhere. I love quotes that can bring out the issues we all think about. I use twitter to bring together the dynamic communities of the arts, mental health, academia, entertainment, pop culture and physical health with universal causes we are all enthusiastic about exploring. Twitter is a wonderful means of introducing ideas!  — Amy

Facebook was invented during my coma. Waking up to a new world, I had no idea there were so many people that were going through similar struggles. Blogging opened up my world and made me feel vital, connected and alive.I could reach out to others for support, and I could even share my own reflections. Blogging became my way of reclaiming my voice!  — Amy

I started #LoveMyDetour to help others thrive because of and not in spite of difficulties. Posting daily content to help Detourists appreciate the “flowers” on their unexpected path. “Fearless Ostomates” was created to help eliminate stigma in the ostomy community, encouraging others to fearlessly embrace their bodies. My posts prompt creativity!  — Amy

My journey inspired me to address stigma surrounding mental illness, sexual assault, and PTSD through blogging, social media, and a weekly“Why Not Wednesday” feature on my site, where every week, a Detourist writes about how any detour in their life has shaped who they are -the topic of my TEDx talk, breaking down barriers, healing thru compassion  — Amy

Having bags on you does not give you baggage. Love your body, inside & out! #ostomy [click to tweet]

NOMINATIONS – You can endorse me until October 21st!  So click away!

Best in Show: BlogHealth Activist HeroBest in Show: Facebook Best in Show: Twitter

Endorse a PTSD survivor on a beautiful detour for a @WEGOhealth Activist Award [click to tweet]

See Amy’s regular contributions to the WeGO Health Blog here.

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These activist all-stars are putting 110% effort into changing the healthcare landscape and empowering the patient voice.

It continues to amaze us just how passionate these health activists are. Whether they are bloggers, tweeters, discussion leaders, Facebook leaders, they truly are taking healthcare to the next level.  They continuously provide the latest research and treatments, offer a laugh on the days you need it most and most importantly, they inspire their community to keep fighting despite their health challenges.

Learn About the Health Activist Awards:

Endorsements will run September 12th to October 21st . Endorsements are a way to show a visual show of support (think of it as voting). The three nominees in each award category with the highest number of endorsements automatically become finalists.

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You can read Amy’s story on her blog. You can read her experiences with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), amongst other mental health illnesses, which she shares so openly and honestly.

Amy also encourages people to share their stories of their mental health “detour” on her site. (If you wish to submit your story to her site, please read the submission guidelines).

Give Back to Those Who Inspire You

Who are some of the outstanding Health Activists who enrich the lives of others by sharing their experience, knowledge and strength? Nominate them for a WEGO Health Activist Award.

WEGO Health is a different kind of social network, built for the community leaders, bloggers and tweeters who are actively involved in health online. WEGO Health is a platform for committed Health Activists to foster new relationships, gain access to helpful resources, and grow their communities. Our goal is to equip our network with opportunities designed for the active contributor, relevant content, powerful educational resources and shareable interactive media.

What is an endorsement?

An endorsement is a way to give nominees a visual show of support. The endorsement button is on each Nominee’s Profile and you can also see the number of endorsements that each nominee has received. The three nominees in each award category with the highest number of endorsements will automatically become finalists. We’ll calculate all of the endorsements on October 21st, 2016 to see who will be selected as a Finalist.

See Amy’s nomination here and learn more about the Health Activist Awards at WeGo Health!

I’m endorsing a Health Activist Hero – check out how you can vote too! [click to tweet]

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