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This past year (2011) they started the Health Activist Awards.  I was nominated for two awards from my peers.  The nominations were given to Health Activist Judging Panels to pick their favorites out of all the nominees. It was a time-intensive task and the  judges took the responsibility quite seriously.

Let’s look at the Hilarious Health Activist Award Finalists. One of these will be the winner – but all are incredible Health Activists that you should know.


Hilarious Health Activist:
You swear you’re at a comedy show.  This Health Activist brings the funny with the advocacy.

Here are the other finalists –  I went to each of their “About Me” pages to add a little of their bio too.

Christie Germans – The Lesion Journals

My name is Christie and I am 40 something years old. Back in July of 2009, just after finishing a great bike ride, a good part of the right side of my face, neck, and shoulders went about 80% numb. Naturally this freaked me out but we initially attributed it to a pinched nerve that likely resulted from incorrect positioning while cycling. The feeling remained for 10 days so I got an MRI.

In the meanwhile, I started visiting the bone cracker and while I felt great after my appointments, the tingling and numbing remained and spread to my right fingers and hand. The initial MRI scan revealed a small bulging disc and unidentified shadowing along my spinal cord. I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist and heard whispers of “MS” in my head. After my first appointment with the neurologist, we began to say the words “MS” out loud.

Chato Stewart – Mental Health Humor

Chato Stewart is a husband, father and mental health advocate. He is an artist and the cartoonist behind the Mental Health Humor cartoons. He creates positive, provoking, and sometimes even funny cartoons! The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with Bipolar Disorder. Mr. Stewart strongly believes that there is power behind humor. His motto is humor gives help, hope and healing. His goal and mission is to tap into humor and use it as a positive tool to cope with the serious and debilitating effects of mental illness.

Rick Green – Totally ADD

Created for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and those affected by it (family, employers, health professionals, etc.), Totally ADD liberates people from the fear, shame, and stigma that can accompany this often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder.  Through education, humour, and social interaction Totally ADD provides the tools and support people need to create a life they love.

Totally ADD was founded in 2009 by Rick Green, Dr. Umesh Jain, and Ava Green, and is a division of Big Brain Productions, a privately-owned company based just west of Toronto, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Jaquie Wojcik – Bad Pancreas

My name is Jacquie. I’m in my early 30s, and have had Type 1 diabetes since I was 12. I’m a long-time DOC stalker who finally decided to throw my insulin pump into the ring. I use a MiniMed Paradigm 722 and a REAL-time CGM to, you know, stay alive and stuff.

I’m married with a dog and a cat. I work in advertising. I really like beer.

Jenny – The Bloggess

I write for Good Mom/Bad Mom on the Houston Chronicle, but I needed an uncensored space to say the f-word and talk about ninjas so I started this blog.  If you know me in real life you might not want to be here.  I also write a satirical sex column, a parenting column that will make you wish you’d decided to just stick with dogs and I twitter a lot.  Also, I can balance live cats on my head but no one will pay me for it.  Yet. I have a book coming out in 2012. I assure you, no one is more surprised about this than me.

Victor is my husband.  Hailey is my seven-year-old.   Posey, Rolly and Ferris Mewler are my cats.  Pluto is a planet, in spite of what you may have heard.

Jackie Zimmerman – Blood, Poop, & Tears

Hi I’m Jackie. I’m a 25 year old woman child from my native state of Michigan. I have a bit of an interesting UC story so bear with me while I get my intro out of the way. I was officially diagnosed with UC in May of 2009, but had symptoms for easily 10 years. In October 2006 I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I’m a bit of an auto-immune allstar. Long story short in 2009 I was admitted to the hospital 4 times and the ER 6 times for my UC. Asacol gave me a pericardiac effusion resulting in a lot of pain and emergency surgery around my heart.

Doug Ankerman – My Odd Sock

 I am a former advertising copywriter just looking to keep my writing chops sharp. My life began as an embryo after my father flashed a sly smile at my mother. (His gold tooth would get her every time!) Upon graduation from The Ohio State University with a scholarly 2.3 GPA, I pursued a brief career as a stand-up comedian, followed by 22 years of work in the media. Currently, I share a modest abode in Northeast Ohio with my lovely bride and two teenage sons. And my ever-present cane you ask? I walk with it not because I am a fan of tap dancing, but because in 1997 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.