#HAWMC Day 20 Highlight of my Health Activist Journey

Today is Day 20 of #HAWMC (WEGO’s Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge).  The prompt today is

What has been the highlight of your health activist journey?
We want to hear all about it, perhaps a conference, a podcast or meeting a fellow HA.
What made this experience so special?

There are three things I can think of that I’ve been particularly proud of during my health activist journey.


I was nominated for a WEGO Health Activist Award in 2011. Please check out this post where I wrote all about it.  “I’m so very honored!  I’m a Finalist for the TMI – Wego Health Blog Award!


And I was featured in an article by Sanjay Gupta.  You can check out that article here: How Vertigo Changed My Life.

These two events are very special to me because I felt that I was making a difference.  I knew I had been contributing something worthwhile and people noticed.  I don’t have to be noticed to continue to do the things I do, but it is nice.  Sometimes I’m not able to do much, it’s things like this that push me to do a bit more than I think I can.

The third thing is by far the most important to me, it is the people that I meet and the friends I’ve made on this journey.  The people I meet in the doctor’s offices, the people I meet on line….all the people I meet who care about health advocacy touch me.  I’m so lucky to have met such wonderful people and to have made some amazing friends.



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13 thoughts on “#HAWMC Day 20 Highlight of my Health Activist Journey

    1. If the vertigo is migraine associated then yes I will sometimes have odd smells. Like burning rubber, or something really sweet…
      But if the vertigo is vestibular I don’t think I’ve had phantom smells.
      Have you?

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      1. Although most of my pain is in my head, I don’t have migraines. Unless it’s a migraine that never ends. 🙂

        I’ve been having these episodes… don’t really know how to describe them. I don’t think I’ve ever suffered from vertigo, although that seems to fit. Google wasn’t much help. Wikipedia says it’s phantosmia. And of course, Meniere’s came up in my search.

        There doesn’t seem to be any pattern or reason for these episodes, and they are very unpleasant. Good thing they don’t happen very often and only last for seconds. Please don’t suggest seeing a doctor. 🙂


        1. I was actually going to ask what the episode was like? I looked up phantosmia, it sounds a lot like a symptom you can get with migraines. Perhaps you are having migraines now, they don’t always come with pain.
          For you, my friend, I know you’ll see a doctor if you feel necessary. 😉
          I have a never ending headache, but it’s different from my migraines.

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          1. I know a lot of words, but I’m having trouble finding the rights ones to use as a description. “Unpleasant episode” is about all I can come up with. I’d like to think that it’s about my constant allergies. But it could also just be a thing I need to learn to live with. Sometimes, old age can be a bitch. Well, truthfully, most of the time. 🙂

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  1. This is a very timely post – because I’m gearing up to stick my big toe into the activism pool too. Thank you for all of your wonderful support and words of encouragement. I have a lot of catching up to do, starting with your posts!

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