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Tuesday
Apr302013

Health Activist Challenges!

I had hoped to write more this month.  I had hopes of using the daily prompts for the 2013 WEGO Health "Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge" to inspire me to post/write more.  Instead, I was busy actually being a Health Activist! (Isn't that essentially what WEGO Health hopes?)  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some glimpses into what my Health Activists activities during April 2013 looked like...

This is the "doodle" for the "Managing Chronic Diseases Better"--one of The 20 Great Challenges facing Health and Medicine addressed at TEDMED 2013.  I was invited to be a Social Media Narrator and Delegate to TEDMED!

Wearing Karen Kane at The Kennedy Center for TEDMED 2013!

As seen at TEDMED 2013: Richard Simmons and me, connecting the Great Challenges! 

Here is a screen grab of me on the TEDMEDLive Stream!  I proudly shared how Richard @TheWeightSaint Simmons is helping change my life.

This is what the screen and TEDMED stage looked like...

Exercising w/ Richard Simmons and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin on stage at The Kennedy Center during TEDMED.  (I'm behind Dr. Benjamin on the left.)

At the Air and Space Museum I met, hugged and posed with the Surgeon General!

Follow @SGRegina on Twitter.  

Another Regina...@ReginaHolliday helped make me TEDMED better because TEDMED 2013 was the first chance to I had to wear my "The Walking Gallery" to a health and medical conference.

The Hive at TEDMED was buzzing through TEDMED 2013!

My TEDMED "Six Word Story" in The Hive!

The "Smart Phone Physical" started with a look inside my ear.  Everything a doctor would need to give you a physical and track your body can be done w/ a Smart Phone!

A "virtual" look at the Ultrasound of the artery in my neck.  "Smart Phone Physical" is a great advance for doctors and medicine.  They also had a blood pressure cuff that attached to an iPhone.

After TEDMED in Washington, DC... I got back to attacking the Great Challenge of "Working Out with @TheWeightSaint" Richard Simmons' Twitter handle.

Then it was time to "Put my L Up!"

The #LHandSign Lupus Awareness Flash Mob Freeze in Hollywood!

Having fun w/ Mat Simpkins @RunningforLupus flashing the #LHandSign!

The debut of the "new" LA Lupus Lady cape after the "L Hand Sign Lupus Awareness Flash Mob Freeze"

Information from Alliance for Lupus Research at the "L Hand Sign Lupus Awareness Flash Mob Freeze."

Watch Out May 2013 - Lupus Awareness Month!!!  LA Lupus Lady is out to make you memorable!

Saturday
Apr132013

Day 13 ~ LUPUS STYLE

Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge prompt for today. Day 13 Write a health acrostic for your condition, hashtag, or username! (acrostic = a poem where every letter of a word serves as the first letter of a word or phrase i.e. DOG = Digs Others’ Gardens)

LUPUS STYLE!

Lupus is…

Lousy

Unrelenting

Painful

Ugly

and

Sucks.

Lupus made me realize… I am

Strong

Tough

Youthful

Living

and

Empowered.

Friday
Apr122013

Back to the past or look into the future?

I can't believe how much trouble I am having "dealing" with the prompts from WEGO Health this year.  I just don't want to look bad at what I was like at 15 before I got symptoms and then sick.  It is too depressing and sad.  Instead I am looking towards the future.  

Next week, TEDMED and "Great Challenges Day"

Next month, May is "Lupus Awareness Month" celebrating World Lupus Day in NYC and Walking at MetLife at the Alliance for Lupus Research Walk with Us to Cure Lupus event!

In June I'll be sharing at the #140You (formerly the #140conf aka "State of Now") a conference in New York City focusing on "Health, Wellness, Fitness and Food" more Big Apple fun!

Sometimes brevity is a good thing.  

Day 12... this Health Activist ( and lupus patient) is too busy being a Health Activist to post about being a Health Activist.  What a tremendous and awesome challenge to be dealing with.

Friday
Apr122013

How many calendars is enough?

I am honored to be invited to be a participant in the 2013 TEDMED "Great Challenges Day" and I am striving to create 30 posts in 30 days for WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.  I feel like a true #Gladiator this month.  I am #ScandalObsessed I admit it.  The best "virtual" medicine for me often comes in the form of a tweet or retweet from a cast member.

Tonight after a busy day of finalizing my TEDMED plans, I put "California Years" (a Jill Sobule CD.) on full blast and somehow made it to Slimmons Studio where I worked out with Richard Simmons in Beverly Hills.  Happily exhausted, I grabbed a greek yogurt for dinner and waited patiently (aka "watched the rerun of a Grey's Anatomy episode") for the repeat of "Scandal" to start.  

I know why I am going to TEDMED and "Great Challenges Day" but it will be fun to explore my favorite scandalous locations while I'm enjoying our Capitol City.  I can't wait to toast to TEDMED and "Great Challenges" once I'm in the beltway.  But tonight, instead of writing this post, I was caught up on my Twitter timeline, while creating the vision for the "Men of Scandal" calendar... that's when I realized I would want and covet more than one calendar.  The Men of Scandal calendar would be where I kept my workout and fitness schedule.  The Scandal Datebook with tips by @scandalmakeup would become my new desk calendar (apologies to Moleskine!) and the Lady Fixers "Girl Gladiators" calendar would be where I note and schedule all of my social media chat and health care advocacy activities.  I know Shonda Rhimes may be too busy writing and producing my obsession to design the calendars I desire... but ABC Marketing should get on this.

(Late night Day 11 post for HAWMC!)

Wednesday
Apr102013

Annie shot me! 

The top picture is of me and the photographer Annie Leibovitz.  The photograph on the bottom was taken by Annie Leibovitz. 

These pictures represent a glorious time of my life, I was visiting New York City, one of my favorite places in the world, when I read about an Annie Leibovitz book signing.  I changed my plans to attend, little did I know that I would be "shot" by one the most prolific photographers of our time.    Without question, two of my favorite pictures taken of me.