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Are you familiar with WEGO Health? It’s a network which connects more than 100,000 health activists who advocate, educate and share their health stories with their online communities. Many of them have illnesses themselves, while others are caregivers.

I was honored to be asked to lead a seminar for the WEGO Health Activist Awards week. I shared some inspirational stories of how blogging can make a difference and 10 content ideas to help inspire the writers themselves to keep going. The session was recorded and I’m excited to share it with you here if you’d like to watch.

Thank you to the WEGO Health team for inviting me to share.


Disclosure: This blog post outlines details from a Mylan Blogger Summit I attended in May 2015. Mylan (the pharma company that makes EpiPens) paid for my travel expenses and a Disneyland Resort park ticket in exchange for my evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting. All comments made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector, Mylan, and/or the Mylan Blogger Summit are at my own discretion and based on my own opinions.

My love and drive to keep my child safe from multiple, severe food allergies motivates me to learn as much as I can about anaphylaxis.

As a food allergy parent and advocate (see food allergy posts here), I occasionally have the opportunity to partner with various companies to help increase awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those of you who know me understand that I’m cautious about these types of relationships and am very careful to make sure that the relationships are mutually beneficial. By this, I mean that I’m not willing to simply be a “mouthpiece” for a company in exchange for a free meal or, in this case, a free trip. There needs to be something compelling that will either help me to be a better parent/manage my child’s food allergies and/or allows me to help other families as an advocate.

I’ve been invited to attend multiple blogger events hosted by Mylan over the past few years. I’ve been able to attend one a few years ago in New York and, most recently, one in California last month. They definitely make these events worth my while because they give me the ability to:

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Attendees from the first MN Blogger Conference gathered at CoCo St. Paul back in 2010.

Five years ago, Arik Hanson and I started the first conference in Minnesota solely devoted to Minnesota bloggers: The Minnesota Blogger Conference.

We started the event because we saw a need (at the time): to help bloggers from different walks of life, who blog about different topics, come together and learn from each other. And, to be honest, just to network and get to know one another.

With the help of many, many people, we’ve pulled off four #mnblogcon’s plus a couple of mini-blogcons and happy hours. And it’s been wonderful and fun, but also exhausting… as you can imagine, even with the best of teams, it takes a ton of time and energy.

And so, our run has come to an end–well, for now, at least.

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I don’t write for this blog as much as I used to or as much as I want to… but I do write blog posts in my mind. I can even take pictures with my mind, too… There are times, when I’m just going along my day and I find myself writing headlines… or photo captions for blog posts I’m creating entirely in my mind. Poignant prose. It’s a shame they don’t automatically publish to my blog.

After writing this blog for so many years, thinking like a writer comes naturally to me. Whether I want to or not. There was a time I had more free time to write and this blog was my creative outlet. Now my free time is much more scarce and I’m creative all the time, so I no longer feel the need to fill a void on a regular basis. Instead, this blog simply exists to give me a space… a virtual place… to write when I’m motivated and when the urge to write is too strong to live solely in my head.

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Two of the speakers today are Ruchi Gupta, MD, and Sloane Miller, aka Allergic Girl.

Today we heard Dr. Gupta speak on All About Anaphylaxis where she shared more info about on the food allergy research she’s published and Sloane Miller shared on How to Develop Food Allergy Confidence.

They were both wonderful speakers and shared professional and personal stories about their experiences with food allergies. I’ll share more info from the day and what I learned from the rest of the group in a follow up post when I get home. In the meantime, I want to encourage you to visit their web sites and get to know their work if you haven’t already.

Dr. Ruchi Gupta’s site is Food Allergy Experience
Sloane Miller’s site is Allergic Girl

Thanks to Mylan for hosting this event to help educate the group on food allergies, anaphylaxis and EpiPen auto-injector.


I was not paid to write about the conference or asked to promote Mylan Specialty in any way. They hosted the trip to the summit, which means they paid my travel expenses. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to learn more about this life-threatening illness and to help raise awareness in others. My opinions are my own and do not represent my employer or any organization I am part of.


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