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  1. Where are you from? Cincinnati, OH

    What do you advocate for? bladder cancer, AYA cancer, cancer, ostomies, Type 2 Diabetes, migraine, mental health and more.

    What condition do you live with? I have a urostomy due to bladder cancer (currently almost 8 years cancer-free), Type 2 Diabetes, migraine, depression, ADHD, anemia, CIPN, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, chronic pain, chronic fatigue

    Is there anything else you want to share about yourself or your health journey? Before I had my own diagnoses, I was my father's caregiver for almost 10 years before he passed so I've dealt with both sides of that coin. I'm single and childfree so if I don't advocate for myself, no one else will.

    1. Hi I'm Laurie from Maine. I have some mental health diagnoses in addition to having celiac, colitis, sleep apnea, chronic fatique syndrome and well a big old bowl of alphabet soup of dx's. I was a caregiver to my husband after he was in an explosion. Also caregiver as a theraputic foster parent.

      My advocacy work is to break the stigma of mental health issues, support others with gut health issues and spread awareness of the effect of adverse childhood experiences, and the effect of trauma. I'm a big believer in 'the body keeps the score'. That the mental and physcial go hand in hand.

      1. HI, I'm Therry, and I've been moderating for the site since 2020, after discovering the site in 2016. I've lived with MS since 1978, and went on disease modifying therapy in the year 2000. I kept having discernible disease activity until 2008, but I haven't had any since then. At my last Neurologist visit I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 76. A little late to the party, but I'm enjoying how calm and focused Adderall makes me feel! I love being part of this community, both within the Multiple Sclerosis site and the Social Health Network as well. I look forward to becoming a certified patient leader in 2024, but I see myself doing the same supportive work with our community members that I've been doing since 2020. There's a lot of us out there, and we're all in this together.

        1. I'm Maye Hayes Jepson, and I live in North Myrtle Beach, SC. I have been a family mental health advocate since my son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder while he was serving in the US Army. When someone in a family is diagnosed with a mental illness, it affects every member of that family. I want to provide families with the support they need to fight the stigma which keeps their loved one from getting the help they need to reach recovery. Yes, I believe that recovery is possible. One can learn to manage the symptoms of mental illness and lead a purposeful life. Let me help you come up with strategies to make that possible.

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