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Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

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danielleburgess - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Thu Jul 31st 6:06pm

It’s a unique advantage I have to be a patient – a survivor of colorectal cancer now in my 30’s. Not only did my survivorship give me purpose – I use social media and blogging to share my story and help others. It helped me land a job – I work at the nonprofit Fight Colorectal Cancer as the Communications Director.

It’s my job to use social media tools to deliver our resources to the public. I typically rely on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube to get our messages out there. Blogs and email marketing platform Constant Contact

Susan Armenti - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Wed Jul 30th 8:49pm

Hello, my name is Susan Armenti.

My cancer woke me up in the middle of the night eighteen years ago with a sensation in my breast. The road since has been full of twists and turns clearly with some obvious success, since I am feeling good and here to tell the story but, also at times with misdiagnosis, allergic reactions, infections and botched surgery.

What I have learned from my experience I want to share so perhaps other patients would be more informed, empowered and knowledgeable about how to be an effective participant in their own healing. While

Erika Lovegreen - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Wed Jul 16th 2:18pm

I must confess, as a professional in social media in healthcare, there are many days I want to throw in the towel. Every time that happens, there are two other times that I want to pick it back up, whirl it around in the air and celebrate what I do. I am introducing social media into the geriatric end of the industry.

My journey to social media in healthcare is far from the norm. 

I was never really interested in this industry and honestly questioned why some people were. My dream was to be a journalist. I was

Sarah Bramblette - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Tue Jul 15th 12:40am

My name is Sarah Bramblette, I am 36-years-old and have primary Lipedema and secondary bilateral lower extremity Lymphedema. I was diagnosed with Lymphedema in 2001, and Lipedema in 2004. Lipedema was first recognized by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in 1940 and is a medical condition that causes the abnormal accumulation of adipose tissue in my hips, legs, and arms. I have an advanced stage of Lipedema which includes the onset of secondary Lymphedema.

My initial diagnosis was delayed by two years because doctors blamed my weight for the size of my legs. Often patients with my conditions go

Cindy Chmielewski - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Mon Jul 14th 4:12pm

Life is not about the steps you’ve taken, or the places you’ve been, it’s about the footprints you leave behind. My name is Cindy AKA @Cindy Chmielewski and I hope the digital footprints I leave behind help a future generation of myeloma warriors become empowered patients. July 14, 2014 was my 6 year Cancerversary.

I have grown tremendously as a person over these six years. Six years ago I was an uneducated/uninvolved patient who blindly followed doctor’s orders. I didn’t ask questions, research my conditions or seek second opinions. Today I am an empowered patient and an active participant in

Linda Hageman, RN - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Mon Jul 14th 4:11pm

I am the Founder and Executive Director of American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Support, I am Linda Hageman, RN I bring over 10 yrs. experience of implementing non profits and have learned many lessons from start up non profits management. However my passion for MEN the past 9 years had been concentrated as a Rare Disease Advocate, an Educator, and speaker for the many individuals
that have MEN. We have had many MEN . We have grown in the past year by 2, 00 MEN individuals around the World.

By: Linda Hageman, RN
Which comes first

Mark Hathaway - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Mon Jul 14th 4:10pm

As an author and public speaker about the patients perspective I am confident that I have much to contribute and also much to learn at Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic. I am excited by the opportunity to share with others my experience as a coma patient who awoke to the reality of living in a world with Locked-in Syndrome where I could neither speak nor move. It took me nearly two weeks before I could signal "yes" and "no" by blinking my eyes, and six weeks before I could utter a sound and move my arm. With medical advancements