Since National Women’s Health Week (May 8-15 — check out the new look of the National Women’s Health Center web site in June. ), I’ve been thinking about the way people use the Internet to discuss their health experiences. Today, I read an article in the Washington Post that referenced The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s most recent report on The Social Life of Health Information. The report concluded that people are sharing more health-related information online such as workout routine results, medical treatment reviews, and awareness about certain health conditions. It made me think about the powerful ways women are using social media to tell their health stories, raise awareness about their health conditions, and to touch the lives of others. Five women came to mind: Racquel Dozier, Nicole McLean, Susan Niebur, Kamaria Richmond, and Laura Tellado. To learn more about these amazing women, see the information below.
- Racquel Dozier is an educator, nonprofit leader, blogger, and lupus survivor in Richmond, Virginia. She uses her Lupus in Color blog, Facebook, and online community to discuss her lupus journey and generate awareness about lupus.
- Nicole McLean is a blogger in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She is living with breast cancer and uses her Fabulous Boobies blog, Twitter, and Facebook to discuss her health journey as a single woman.
- Susan Niebur is a Maryland blogger, four-time cancer survivor, mother, and astrophysicists. She uses her Toddler Planet blog and Twitter to discuss her cancer journey.
- Kamaria Richmond is a lifestyle blogger in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She is living with sarcoidosis and brain injuries caused by a stroke in 2004. She uses Cinchcast audio blog, Facebook, and Twitter to tell her health story and life adventures, to develop her blogging voice as the Digital Sisterhood Network’s blogger-in-residence, and to host her monthly radio program, The Stroke Diva Fabulous Show on Digital Sisterhood Radio.
- Laura Tellado is a journalist and blogger from Puerto Rico. She is living with spina bifida in Orlando, Florida. She uses her Holding’ Out for A Hero blog, Facebook, and Twitter to chronicle her search for a national spokesperson for the spina bifida community and to make people aware of the cause.