You, Me, and ShareCare!
I am happy to report that I was recently honored by ShareCare.com by being named one of their “Top 10 Social HealthMakers in Menopause.”
ShareCare is an interactive health website based on the Facebook model, launched by WebMD founder, Dr. Jeff Arnold and the popular television personality and physician, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Out of the 10 people selected, I was absolutely delighted to be named number two.
What does this say about me? It says that over the years, I have built a solid online presence with a respectable following of loyal readers here at Healthline.com, at my personal blog, The Perimenopause Blog, on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and a variety of other sites as well.
I am, according to ShareCare,”an influential voice, driving online conversation on the subject of menopause.” I guess my rabble-rousing ways are beginning to pay off.
It is always an honor and deeply gratifying to have one’s efforts and hard work recognized. It’s a double honor to be considered an “expert” or a “stand-out” in the online world of women’s health. With the voluminous amount of health information available on the Internet, and the infinite number of highly qualified and distinguished voices speaking on behalf of women and women’s health, I rather marvel that mine has managed to rise to the top.
I will attribute it to my ability to connect with people on a very basic, human level. I believe that all people, both men and women alike, have a fundamental need to be recognized, validated, and heard. So it is has been from that place I have reached out to women going through perimenopause.
I have strived to be a voice of compassion and empathy. Because if women need to know anything when they are going through perimenopause, it’s that someone gets "it." It has also been my mission to encourage women to take personal responsibility for their health and healthcare. If we are to be well, it is up to us to make that happen.
With all of the changes which have gone on in our healthcare system the past few decades, and with all of the increased bureaucratic red tape and regulations that are yet to come with the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), this is probably the most important piece of advice I give to women.
I might be the loud-mouth with the megaphone, and a platform from which to speak on your behalf. But there is no one who can advocate better for you and your healthcare than you.
So thank you, ShareCare, for including me in the list of social health makers; and thank you, too, ladies for putting your trust in me and faithfully reading my articles. Going forward you can expect that I’ll continue to be the noise maker, the conversation starter, and the one who challenges the medical status quo. Put us all together, and we’re peas and carrots!
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.