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Announcing: 2014 Patient-Caregiver Scholarship Recipients

Published on Tue Aug 26th 6:10am

With gratitude for all who shared their stories and vision for health care in fine applications, we're delighted to announce this year's recipients of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Patient-Caregiver Scholarship.


Sarah Bramblette.Edited

Sarah Bramblette (@Born2lbFat) is a Lipedema and Lymphedema patient who combines her experiences as a patient and healthcare administrative professional in her advocacy efforts. She writes about her life experiences on her blog, and uses multiple social media platforms to share awareness and advocate for improved diagnosis, treatment, and

Alanna Wong - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Mon Aug 11th 8:09am

Imagine falling asleep on June 29th, 2009 and not waking up until February 11th, 2010.

This is one of the many sleep spells I've had during the past 15 years due to a rare neurological condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS). I've always told myself it's not what you go through that makes you the person you are, it's how you react to the situation that you were dealt with that makes you the person you are.

I have looked beyond my struggle and have found meaning in my life by helping others. I have spent the past seven

Bonnie Sheeren - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Fri Aug 8th 8:55pm

I have had many adventures in health care. I endured hit or miss interactions with the medical community most of my life up through my twenties. Ignorance was not bliss, but it was the only option.

After college, I went into educational video production, my friends talked me into coming to the Texas Medical Center. Working at M.D. Anderson Cancer as a writer/producer convinced me that patients need to know as much as possible in order to make their treatments successful. Then, being transferred to UT-Houston Health Science Center, I covered all medical topics and spent a great deal

Laura Offutt MD - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Fri Aug 8th 8:54pm

I am an Internal Medicine physician with experience in patient care, research and consulting. Currently, I spend my time using Social Media to reach teens about health topics in the place that they spend so much of their time. My experiences seeing adult patients, many of whom had medical problems which resulted from life-long behaviors starting in adolescence, served as a major inspiration for this project, as does being a mother who wants to make sure (like all parents) that my children make healthy choices to help insure a healthy life.

A year and a half ago, I decided

Brittany K. - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Fri Aug 8th 9:59am

I have been a longtime patient needing various kinds of medical treatment. Additionally, I watched my youngest daughter need extensive medical attention following her birth 3 years ago.

As her primary caregiver, I quickly had to become familiar with the top notch hospitals in our area and did extensive research, which including searching profiles on social media, to find the top tier care available to her in our region. Consistently I would search social media to see the tone of the messages and the engagement of patients who received care. Being a mother to a child who quickly went

Bridget Gamble - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Fri Aug 8th 8:15am

Q: How would your participation serve the greater good during and after the conference?

A: The communities on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago, where Sinai Health System is based, endure immense challenges to all aspects of health. Limited access to quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods and legitimate employment opportunities are just a few of the trials that my fellow caregivers help our community members to navigate, and to overcome.

As the sole communications specialist for a health system that includes three hospitals, a community institute, a medical group and a research institute, I have an abundance of

Joel T Nowak - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Tue Aug 5th 3:50pm

I am a super cancer survivor, a survivor of four different primary cancers including metastatic prostate cancer. When I learned I was metastatic I searched the metropolitan New York City area for an education and support program geared specifically for men with advanced prostate cancer. Shockingly, I was unable to find any program specific to men with advanced prostate cancer.

Increasingly I found that I became angry and frustrated. Four cancers and one that was terminal had finally become overwhelming. As I found that I became steeped in my anger I was challenged to stop crying and do something

Marcus Move - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Tue Aug 5th 3:28pm

I am a patient and volunteer with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF).

Several years ago I was experiencing a wide variety of strange symptoms. My general doctor was quite uncertain to the cause. He even suggested a psych. evaluation. As a last resort he put me on a 30 day heart rate monitor. I was diagnosed with a-fib within the month. I had a very rapid heart rate and had difficulty moving consistently without being out of breath, sweating and getting light headed. I was referred to MHI for an EP ablation.

The months leading up to

WellSpouse - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Mon Aug 4th 10:41am

I have been a spousal caregiver since 1999, when my husband was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease at age 48. I was working full-time and our son was 14 when my husband had to go on disability in 2003.

Not only did we lose my husband’s income, I lost my partner in many ways. He could no longer help me do the yard work and could only do limited household chores. The medications caused side effects like paranoia and involuntary movements, called dyskinesia, that were difficult to cope with. Eventually, his dyskinesia was so bad that he could

Sandra Pieschel - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014

Published on Mon Aug 4th 8:32am

I am a Diabetes Educator and proud recipient of the 2014 GEM Award (Giving Excellence Meaning) for the California region in the category of Education/Mentorship.

Every day, I meet patients and staff who seek to learn more about how to better manage blood glucose. Regularly, I am encouraged to share my unique teaching model and individualized learning style with others and I struggle with how to do that in today's technological world.
If more patients and caregivers could be reached, they could be provided effective tools to help them optimally embrace their self management skills and enlightened about the

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