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Let’s Raise Hyperhidrosis Awareness in the 2019 WEGO Health Awards

I am excited to announce I have been nominated for the WEGO Health Best in Show: Blog Award in the 2019 WEGO Health Awards. I’ve also been nominated for Best Kept Secret and Best Team Performance. If you nominated me, thank you!

Take just a few seconds to endorse me for this award!

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about their Patient Leader Network.

The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice.

With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms that recognize the over 100k inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition.

My Hyperhidrosis Advocacy

Since my nomination in the 2018 awards, my puddle of hyperhidrosis hope and awareness has grown larger. I’ve been recognized for hyperhidrosis advocacy (directly or indirectly) in the following ways:

Endorse hyperhidrosis for the 2019 WEGO Health Awards

Help me raise hyperhidrosis awareness by taking just a few seconds to endorse me for the 2019 WEGO Health Awards!

How You Can Help

I’m now looking to my incredibly supportive network to help endorse me for this award. It takes just seconds of your time! Deadline is July 31, 2019

Visit my WEGO Health Awards profile and click “Endorse” under my nominee photo.

If I have ever supported you, made you laugh, or inspired you to keep fighting – please consider endorsing me for this award. Thank you.

Help Me Help Those With Hyperhidrosis in the 2019 WEGO Health Awards

What Are the WEGO Health Awards?

The WEGO Health Awards were created by the WEGO Health Patient Leader Network as a way to recognize patient leaders for the tireless work they do to advocate for health conditions and raise awareness, collaborate with healthcare companies and more.

Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. The WEGO Health Awards offers a way to introduce new Patient Leaders to the online community, and to allow network members the opportunity to recognize and say “thank you” to the leaders they look up to.

I Need Your Help

I’ll admit it’s sometimes difficult for me to ask others for help. But I’m asking you today.

If the work I am doing to raise awareness about hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) has touched you in some way, I ask you to please consider nominating me for a WEGO Health Award. It will take just a few minutes of your time.

I’ve been nominated three times – in 2012, 2017 and 2018. This year, I’m hoping to create even more awareness about a condition that affects so many. And many of you are suffering in silence. We need to change that.

There are several categories in the WEGO Health Awards. I’m hoping to be nominated for Best in Show: Blog, as blogging is really my bread and butter (even though I follow a Paleo nutrition plan and no longer eat bread due to ulcerative colitis). 😉 Other categories I might qualify for could be Best Kept Secret or Patient Leader Hero. Descriptions for each category are listed on the WEGO Health website. 

Why Nominate Me?

Here’s the deal. The WEGO Health Awards are not about me. They’re about YOU and all the other sweaty people in the world who hate their bodies, have never sought help or treatment, or maybe don’t even know that all this sweating they’re doing is a recognized medical condition.

If I am nominated – and heck, maybe even win – this award is a trophy for all of us. It helps further raise awareness about hyperhidrosis, a condition that can be mentally, emotionally, socially and professionally debilitating.

Winners also receive a trip to healthcare’s largest conference in Las Vegas this fall. That’s right – I will gladly stand on stage and sweat on behalf of the 365 million people worldwide who suffer from hyperhidrosis.

So please, grab a towel, wipe off your sweaty hands and nominate me so that I can continue to create hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time. Thank you!

If the nomination form asks for my email address, it’s mylifeasapuddle[at]gmail.com; under the condition section you can mark “skin disease” or “rare condition” as hyperhidrosis is not listed in the form.

Click here to nominate me for the 2019 WEGO Health Awards

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you nominated me. I’d love to be able to say thank you!

It’s Time to Give
Hyperhidrosis a Voice

(If you’re receiving this blog post via email and can’t see the video above, please watch me on YouTube.)

There are just a few days left to make an impact in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards. Endorsements end August 17. Won’t you take just 10 seconds to endorse me and my hyperhidrosis advocacy work?

I’m grateful to be nominated for Best in Show: Blog and Best Healthcare Collaborator: Patient. Here’s what a couple of people who nominated me had to say. Thank you to Matt and the anonymous person who took the time do this.

2018 WEGO Health Awards My Life as a Puddle

As a young sufferer of hyperhidrosis I have found it difficult to explain to others, or even find others who can truly understand my suffering. Maria’s blog has provided me, and undoubtedly many others, with positivity and hope that one day this condition will be more widely recognized, and more successfully treated. Thank you, from one of many.

Maria Thomas Best in Show Blog WEGO Health Awards

Maria is an amazing person and helps and gives hope to so many out there suffering from hyperhidrosis. She pushes awareness and makes people feel like they’re not alone!

What Your Endorsement Means

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. This award is about YOU, not me. Read more about my 2018 nomination.

If I were to win, my advocacy work would be recognized at the Connected Health Conference co-hosted by the Society of Participatory Medicine in October. I would use this opportunity to continue to be a voice for all of you out there who are suffering from excessive sweating. I know many of you are struggling in silence.

It’s time to end the sweaty stigma. Won’t you help me create hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time and take a few seconds to endorse my blog?

Thank you!

My Life as a Puddle Best in Show Blog

Please take 10 seconds to endorse me for Best in Show: Blog in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards

You can also endorse the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

 

I Need Your Help! Endorse Me for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards

2018 WEGO Health Endorsements for My Life as a Puddle

I am excited to announce that I have been nominated for the WEGO Health Best in Show: Blog Award in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards.

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about their Patient Leader Network.

The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice.

With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms that recognize the over 100k inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition.

Why This Award Matters

I am honored that several of you took the time to nominate me for this award. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  However, this award isn’t about me.

This award is about YOU and all of the other people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, many of whom are struggling silently. This is why I do what I do – to help other sweaty people know they are not alone and to empower them to one day use their own voice and speak up about a condition that can be devastating.

If I were to win this award, it would give hyperhidrosis much more visibility and further spread awareness. I have been blogging about hyperhidrosis for seven years. I don’t spend any money on advertising. I don’t buy followers on social media (yes, that’s actually a thing and lots of people do it #NotCool). My efforts are entirely grassroots, and I’m proud of that fact.

My Hyperhidrosis Advocacy

Over the last year or so, my puddle of hyperhidrosis hope and awareness has grown larger. I’ve been recognized or awarded for hyperhidrosis advocacy (directly or indirectly) in the following ways:

Representing Hyperhidrosis Sufferers

This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored at an in-person celebration in October co-hosted by the Society of Participatory Medicine at the Connected Health Conference.

Just imagine if we had a sweaty representative at this conference! Hyperhidrosis is under- recognized and under-treated. If I were to win, I would attend this conference with the best interests of those with hyperhidrosis in mind. I would speak about  why we need more – and better – treatment options, why it’s not “just a little sweat,” and just how much this stupid excessive sweating condition affects our daily lives.

I don’t care how many people’s hands I have to shake while mine are sweaty, or whether I’ll have to dress up and do the infamous hand wipe across the front of my clothes, or whether I’m sweating through my shoes and ruining them. I will collaborate with industry leaders and tell them our collective sweaty story.

How You Can Help

I’m now looking to my incredibly supportive network to help endorse me for this award. There are two easy ways to endorse me that only take seconds of your time!

  1. You can click on my endorsement badge located on the upper right sidebar of my website (if you’re reading this on a mobile device you probably can’t see it – sorry!)
  2. Click here to be taken to my WEGO Health Awards profile where you can click “Endorse” under my nominee photo.

If I have ever supported you, made you laugh, or inspired you to keep fighting – please consider endorsing me for this award. Thank you.

Maria Thomas & Lisa J. Pieretti

With Lisa J. Pieretti, Executive Director of the International Hyperhidrosis Society
at the Hyperhidrosis PFDD in Washington, D.C.

Nominations Now Open for the WEGO Health Awards

WEGO Health Award Nominations

What Are the WEGO Health Awards?

The WEGO Health Awards were created by the WEGO Health Patient Leader Network as a way to recognize patient leaders for the tireless work they do to advocate for health conditions and raise awareness, collaborate with healthcare companies and more.

Here’s a little more from the WEGO Health website:

“Originally coined the ‘WEGO Health Activist Awards,’ the WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Patient Leaders. We connect with countless patient advocates, influencers, and experts who are helping others and transforming healthcare – often without recognition.

Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. The WEGO Health Awards offers a way to introduce new Patient Leaders to the online community, and to allow network members the opportunity to recognize and say “thank you” to the leaders they look up to.”

Hyperhidrosis Sufferers Need Your Help

I’ll admit it’s sometimes difficult for me to ask others for help. But I’m asking you today.

If the work I am doing to raise awareness about hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) has touched you in some way, I ask you to please consider nominating me for a WEGO Health Award. It will take just a few minutes of your time.

I was nominated in 2012 and again in 2017. This year, I’m hoping to create even more awareness about a condition that affects so many. And many of you are suffering in silence. We need to change that.

There are several categories in the WEGO Health Awards. I’m hoping to be nominated for Best in Show: Blog, as blogging is really my bread and butter (even though I’m Paleo and no longer eat bread). 😉

Why Nominate Me?

Here’s the deal. The WEGO Health Awards are not about me. They’re about YOU and all the other sweaty people in the world who hate their bodies, have never sought help or treatment, or maybe don’t even know that all this sweating they’re doing is a recognized medical condition.

If I am nominated – and heck, maybe even win – this award is a trophy for all of us. It helps further raise  awareness about hyperhidrosis, a condition that can be mentally, emotionally, socially and professionally debilitating.

I’ve spent the last 7 years creating this blog from an entirely grassroots effort. The majority of what I do here and on social media I do not get paid for. I do this because it is my calling. My sweaty mess is my message. This award and subsequent recognition will help me reach more people.

So please, grab a towel, wipe off your sweaty hands and nominate me so that I can continue to create hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time. Thank you!

Nominate me here

UPDATE: If the nomination form asks for my email address, it’s mylifeasapuddle[at]gmail.com

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you nominated me. I’d love to be able to say thank you more personally.

Help! Please Endorse My Blog
By Friday

My Life as a Puddle 2017 WEGO Health Awards Nomination

Dear Sweaty Friends,

Friday Is The Deadline

I need your help! The deadline to endorse me for Best In Show: Blog for the 2017 WEGO Health Awards is this Friday. After that, the judges take over to determine the winners. Please help me climb the ranks.

Here’s a video below detailing what you need to do. I feel really dorky recording myself, and I was a sweaty mess afterward and had soaked the towel I was holding my phone with. (If the video won’t display for some reason, watch it on Facebook.)

VIDEO: My Life as a Puddle WEGO Health Endorsements

How to Endorse Me – Three Options

  1. Go directly to my WEGO Health page and click the orange “Endorse My Life as a Puddle” button.
  2. Click the orange “Endorse Me Now” button on the right side bar here on my website (if you’re reading this on a mobile device or in the email version of this blog post, you won’t be able to see this).
  3. Go back to this post and fill out the form that’s embedded in the post (this WILL work from a mobile device).

Give Hope

If you’re able to view my video, you’ll see I showed you a sneak peek of my vision board. Many of the things I’ve placed on it have already come true. One of the images on my board says Give hope.

It is my mission to create hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time. I work really hard on this blog and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to create awareness about this condition. Heck, I’ve even forced myself to record videos now and feel horribly awkward doing it. But you can’t grow if you don’t push yourself.

Winning this award will help me – and us as a sweaty community – to spread public awareness about a condition that can be mentally, emotionally and socially debilitating. I’ve got big plans for my sweaty self, some of them coming up very soon and which I’m excited to tell you about in upcoming blog posts.

Yours in Sweat,

Maria

Nominated! WEGO Health Awards Best in Show: Blog

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to announce that I have been nominated for the WEGO Health Awards Best in Show: Blog.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate me. I deeply appreciate your support and kind words. This nomination will help me to further spread my message, which is to create hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time.

How You Can Help

The nomination process is now closed, so now it’s up to the judges to decide the winner. But you, my dear readers, can still help!

If you read my blog or follow me on facebook, Twitter or Instagram and have been inspired, reassured, felt less alone or less ashamed of your excessive sweating condition or have found treatment options based on what I’ve shared, I kindly ask a small favor:

Please visit my WEGO Health profile and endorse me.  All you have to do is click “add nomination” at the bottom right. This will help show the judges how I am trying to impact lives all over the world, offering hope and radical candor about this condition that can be mentally, socially and emotionally debilitating.

Hyperhidrosis affects five percent of the global population – that’s 367 million people! But it’s under-recognized and under-treated due in large part to lack of awareness and the shame and embarrassment those who have it may feel.

If you’ve felt less than, different or disgusted by your own body, it’s time to start advocating for more awareness, better hyperhidrosis treatments and more clinical trials. You can help do so by endorsing my nomination. Together, we can spread the word about hyperhidrosis.

Thank you.

Nominated! 2012 WEGO Health Activist Awards

Have you heard of WEGO Health? They are an online community seeking to create a forum for health advocates to further spread the word about the conditions for which they raise awareness. WEGO Health is a free online community full of resources and support for health advocates and activists.

 

A huge thank you to the International Hyperhidrosis Society for believing in me and nominating me for one of the 2012 WEGO Health Activist Awards. I am honored to have been nominated, and it reassures me that what I’m doing here on my blog is absolutely the right thing. Because I choose to create hope and awareness one drop at a time, I can help others with hyperhidrosis to know they are not alone and that they are enough exactly as they are.

 

Anyone can nominate a person for one of these WEGO Health Activist Awards. The cool thing is that there is more than one award from which to choose. View a full description of each category. I wonder which one the International Hyperhidrosis Society selected?

 

Today, I choose to live my truth. Today, I choose to be changed by my hyperhidrosis but not reduced by it. Today, I will keep pursuing treatment options.

My Life as a Puddle's sweaty palm

My sweaty palm

Why I Write About Hyperhidrosis

(This post is part of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. I will be writing a post a day for all 30 days. You can learn more about it here: http://info.wegohealth.com/HAWMC2012.)

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Truth

I write about my life with hyperhidrosis because it allows me to live my truth and no longer be ashamed about the way my body is made.  Most people don’t understand what it’s like to literally be uncomfortable in your own skin. It’s something that’s difficult to ignore when it manifests physically and can leave evidence behind that it was there. Hyperhidrosis is not all that I am, but it is part of who I am. It’s part of my story. We all have a story, but how many of us are turning it into fiction rather than non-fiction? Writing about hyperhidrosis allows me the freedom to express myself while also spreading awareness and hope about a medical condition that is under recognized and under treated. If more people talked about it and released the secret and the shame, we might be closer to a cure. There is power in numbers.

Acceptance

I write about hyperhidrosis because it’s free therapy. I can unravel the goings on of my mind with regard to my sweat in an arena that I’ve always loved: the written word. Writing about my life as a puddle makes me more attune to my body and what I can handle vs not handle (at least, not yet ready to handle, although I’m constantly stretching myself). I’ve become more mindful of the things in my daily life that might make for a good blog post. Believe me, I’ve got a running list. It’s hard to blog as much as I’d like to with a full-time job and other things going on. I would love to see the day where I would be able to focus on my blog as my full-time job.

Purpose

I write about hyperhidrosis because it gives me a sense of purpose. As much as I hate having an excessive sweating problem, maybe I’m supposed to be exactly this way to create a platform to help others. I say this without any sense of ego. I am so humbled by everyone’s support of what I’m doing. I never thought my blog would get so much feedback. So, please keep commenting, following me on Twitter, posting on my Facebook page, and emailing me. I may not always respond, but I read every single one of your comments. Do you know what your purpose is? I never thought talking openly about my hyperhidrosis would be one of mine. I’ve talked about being open to experiences before. Had I never stepped out of my box in the first place to try Botox injections in my hands, I wouldn’t be doing this today.

So there you have it. Truth, Acceptance, and Purpose. What have you “TAPped” into lately?


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