Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Favorite Hepatitis C Health Activist: Lucinda Porter, RN #NHBPM

I've seen the name Lucinda Porter, RN for a long time.  You see, she is a regular contributor to the HCV Advocate website and newsletter, which has been my trusted source for news and information about all things Hepatitis C for many, many years.

I've admired Lucinda for just as long.  Truth be told, I've wished I could be more like her when it comes to my own health advocacy and activist pursuits.  She is prolific in her efforts, contributing newsletters and publications and speaking at trainings and conferences. She's attained the status of a well-recognized and respect expert on Hepatitis C.  She is also a great role model.

So when I saw her promoting her book Free from Hepatitis C: Your Complete Guide to Healing Hepatitis C at the end of 2011, I took a chance and contacted her, asking if I could review her book on my blog.

Her response was an enthusiastic "Yes!"

Since then, I've had numerous interactions with her, allowing me to get to know Lucinda much better, which is all kinds of awesome.  Now I can really see first-hand how much she shares with the Hepatitis C community through Twitter, Facebook and her blogs Lucinda Porter, RN and The Hepatitis Comics: Levity for the Liver.

She gives so much of her time offering support and sharing information with people living with Hepatitis C, especially those going through treatment.   I feel so fortunate to be one of the many people she has encouraged and helped!  She does much of this through several different online support groups she participates in, like the Hepatitis C Family and Friends group on Facebook.

Right now, she is tweeting and post updates from The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases on her Free From Hepatitis C Facebook page.

One thing I learned about Lucinda this year is that she lives with Hepatitis C too.  She recently shared her poignant story over on the I Cured Hep C blog: Meet Lucinda; 59, a powerful story of survival living with Hepatitis C! 

It is for all these reasons that I nominated Lucinda Porter, RN today for a WEGO Health 2012 Health Activist Award in the category Silver Stethoscope:

Silver Stethoscope Award
Awarded to a healthcare professional who utilizes social media,online community, and technology to make the world a better place. 

What Are the WEGO Health Activist Awards?

From the WEGO Health website:
The Health Activist Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Health Activists. We connect with so many inspiring Health Activists who raise awareness, share information, support their communities, and much more - often without recognition.  Because our network is centered around Health Activists, we knew it was up to us to tell these leaders how great they are.
You can nominate your favorite health activists too!  There are 16 different award categories to choose from and you can nominate more than one person too!  Go to the nomination page or the awards page for more information.

You can find Lucinda's book Free From Hepatitis C at Amazon.com.

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Lucinda Porter said...

Selena, I wish I had a web cam so you could see me weeping. I am surprised, touched, honored, and humbled. Most of all, I am humbled, that you would take the time, your valuable time, to do this. Praise from you means a great deal, because I know you say it as you see it. It also inspires me to keep up the effort. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Thanks Lucinda. You are such a special person, no wonder I have been wanting to get to know you better all these years. You so deserve recognition for all the great work you do and all the people you have helped over the years. I am honored to be able to nominate you: it was well worth my time. Kudos my friend.