Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Conversation About Chronic Pain And Health Activism

Last fall, I was asked to participate in a recorded conversation with other health bloggers. The topic: The role of health activists in discussing chronic pain.

WEGO has just made this webinar available. You can listen to  it here, on the WEGO Health Webinars site. Scroll down about halfway on the page, and click the tab labeled "Perspectives", then click on the screen entitled Continuing Health Activism With Chronic Pain.

Our webinar includes my comments, as well as those of Kelly Young - author of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior site, and Amy Kiel - author of the Un Vita Bella blog.

I'm a real technology newbie, as y'all know, and I didn't use a headset to record the webinar, but relied on my computer's microphone so my voice is not as loud as the other two smarty-pants participants. Who are both excellent bloggers BTW. Kelly Young has an extensive site about and for people with rheumatoid arthritis, and Amy Keil blogs about her experiences with fibromyalgia and depression.

This was a very interesting experience for me, for several reasons, one being that I was asked to describe in detail my reasons for beginning to write Reasonably Well. It was also enjoyable to have a conversation with other bloggers who began their journey in just about the same ways that I did. They are both delightful, intelligent, and well-spoken women who have compelling stories to share.

Since the webinar took place last fall, it's not possible to participate as the moderator asks for listeners' questions. And please disregard all of my ums and uhs and tied tongue moments.......duh. I chalk it up to having drawn the short straw for speaking first.

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

You may want to check it out.


Jenny P said...

What Julia's failing to tell you is that everyone (participants and audience alike) were super excited to work with / hear her! And, since she doesn't do Twitter, she didn't see the buzz of tweets going around about points she made with the session's hashtag.

Our dear Julia, fellow readers, is many things...teacher, friend, leader...but not terribly honest. She never seems to tell the truth of her own greatness!

Julia Oleinik said...

I just love delusional people....; v )