Kelly Young Wins WebMD Health Hero Award

WebMD magazine chooses Kelly as 1 of 4 “Champions of Care”!

WebMD Health Hero award

Look what I found on my dresser when we got home from Chicago last night!

Kelly Young WebMD Health Hero article

The new WebMD magazine with yours truly in it! You can click on the images to enlarge and read the text or read the story on the WebMD Health Hero honorees page.

The WebMD Health Hero award was a big surprise when I first heard about it on Facebook a few weeks ago. The magazine publisher requested that I quickly hide a blog post where I mentioned it. So, I had to keep it a secret.

You can read a bit of the story behind Kelly winning the Health Hero Award on the blog at the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation site, rheum4us.org.

Read or print the PDF version of WebMD Health Hero Award article – click here.

 

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Kelly Young

Kelly Young is an advocate providing ways for patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. Through her writing, speaking, and use of social media, she is building a more accurate awareness of Rheumatoid disease aka Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creating ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and bringing recognition and visibility to the Rheumatoid patient journey. In 2009, Kelly created Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, a comprehensive website about RA of about 950 pages and writes periodically for other newsletters and websites. Kelly served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board. There are over 42,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook Fan page. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is the mother of five, a home-schooler, Bible teacher, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. You can also connect with Kelly by on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She has lived over nine years with unrelenting Rheumatoid disease. See also http://www.rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

49 thoughts on “Kelly Young Wins WebMD Health Hero Award

  • November 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm
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    Congrats Kelly! So very proud of you and what you’ve accomplished!!

    – Bob

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  • November 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm
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    You certainly are a deserving honoree!!! Thank you Kelly for all you do for us!

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  • November 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm
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    YEAH my friend!!! I am so proud of you!!!!! Thanks for being such an integral part of so many people’s lives! CONGRATS Kelly!

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  • November 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm
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    Congratulations Kelly!!:-D You definately deserve it and so much more!

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  • November 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm
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    Oh Kelly you look so pretty in your pictures!! Yay for you and all the hard work you’ve done for us! I’m so grateful for your site and your time and caring words! They have meant so much to me in my times of need. Thank you so much! I can’t say it enough.

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  • November 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm
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    CONGRATULATIONS, KELLY!! You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside! Thanks for all your hard work…. it is certainly paying off in big ways!

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  • November 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm
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    Awesome Kelly – nobody deserves this more than you for your tireless dedication to our illness. Thanks so much for all you do.

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  • November 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm
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    Kelly, I got goose bumps when I read you were awarded this honor! Cangratulations to you for all your hard work. Plus a big thank you for what your work has brought to my life & others too.

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  • November 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm
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    Congratulations don’t seem adequate, but I can’t think of anything else. Congrats!!!

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  • November 14, 2011 at 12:49 am
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    Awesome work Kelly!! Well deserved. Thank you for all you do:)

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  • November 14, 2011 at 1:44 am
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    Kelly, congratulations on your award! You are so deserving – all the time and energy you pour into your work and research, time spent away from your family and the pain you deal with daily – but thank you most of all for a meeting place for the RA Warriors battling this disease to come together in support of one another – to learn and educate others – and just to know they are safe among friends that care and actually “get it”.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:29 am
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    Congratulations and my sincere thanks for all you do.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 7:47 am
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    Congratulations Kelly! You are doing such great work! And you do look beautiful in the pictures by the way.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 7:56 am
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    Kelly, Bless your heart! You certainly deserve this award. Our trip with RA would be so much more difficult without your determined spirit and effort to investigate the many faces of RA and to educate the medical community about the true experience of this disease. May you continue to have the energy and strength to pursue your mission!

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  • November 14, 2011 at 7:57 am
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    Congratulations, Kelly! It’s so wonderful to see your tireless efforts on behalf of so many recognized in such a big way!!

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:08 am
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    Kelly Congratulations! You desearve every bit of recognition you get. If it wasnt for you i would be so lost by now. Thanks for all the hours and hours of work you put into this site. It is appreaciatiated. You go girl! Judi

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:22 am
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    Way to go, Kelly! Thank you so much for all you keep doing. You are a real inspiration to me and I am sure to many. Congradulations on your award.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:27 am
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    Kelly Congratulation and thanks for all that you do!!!

    Kevin

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:39 am
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    Congratulations Kelly! This is well deserved recognition for everything that you do for our community!

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:48 am
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    Congratulations, and woot! Fantastic pictures, too. Awesome to have this article about an amazing woman, but also awesome that our battle stays in the spotlight!

    *hugs*

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  • November 14, 2011 at 10:20 am
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    Congratulations Kelly!!! You deserve it!!

    mer

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    • November 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm
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      Thank you, Mer. It is a treat to hear from you – it’s been too long since we’ve talked.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 10:27 am
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    Congratulations Kelly! Thank You for all you have done…The ripple effect of your efforts have improved the lives of so many of us with RA….It is a well deserved honor! <3

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  • November 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm
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    This is so terrific and well deserved, Kelly! My husband, who only knows who you are through my comments about your blog, was very happy to hear the news too! Keep it up– you are a lifeline for so many of us!

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  • November 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm
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    Brava! Just woke up from a nap to find this via Twitter. Well deserved, truly earned. You’re making change happen!!

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    • November 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm
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      Thank you Meredith! And I’m glad you got a nap – I’m trying to learn from your discipline. Thinking of you a lot as I try to get back to projects now that the longgg fall travel schedule is ended.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm
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    What a wonderful honor to be recognized for all of your hard work. Thank you for speaking up on behalf of us all. You have blessed so many people by your willingness to fight back.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm
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    CONGRATULATIONS! YEAH KELLY! You really do deserve this award. You fight so hard for all of us with RA. I am so proud of you and of being able to participate and learn from you here on your site. Upward and Onward Gal!!! 🙂

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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    Kelly you should and understand just how proud we are of you. It’s not about recognition, its about awareness and you have raised that bar for us. Thank you for your support and your encouragement. I can not think of a more deserving individual.

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm
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    Congratulations Kelly, you deserve it! I’ve been combing through your blog for a few months now and as someone newly diagnosed with RA, not only did I find the information helpful but with the support of family and friends began my own blog to try and help others understand this disease and what it means for me. Thank you for helping me through this tough time of being diagnosed with RA. I really appreciate it.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 3:24 am
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    Congratulations Kelly! You definitely deserve this. You gave help to so many of us out here. I was about to give up and then I was told to find your web site. Thank you and your family for being there and being so giving of yourselves for others. You are one fantasic lady!

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  • November 15, 2011 at 6:27 am
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    Kelly,

    Glad to see you getting the recognition you have earned! I am forever grateful for your work to share information with other RA patients and the world. You have made this ride a little easier to bear.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 10:57 am
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    Very well deserved award, Kelly. It’s great to see you honored in this way.

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  • November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am
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    Hey Kelly: Good to see so many of us in your corner. You are really a force of good for all us RAWarriors. Thanks again and God Bless You!

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  • November 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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    Congratulations and thanks for all you have done, you have helped me with your web-site!

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  • November 16, 2011 at 10:01 am
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    Congratulations! I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving!

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  • November 18, 2011 at 9:06 am
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    Congratulations, Kelly!

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  • November 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm
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    Way to go Kelly! You’ve done an amazing job so it’s nice to get some good recognition.

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  • November 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm
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    Nobody deserves this award more than you Kelly, you are the ultimate RA Warrior Hero!
    Thanks for all you do, I can’t even imagine how you manage it all!

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  • November 25, 2011 at 6:09 am
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    How awesome! Kelly, no one deserves this more than you, I’m proud of you. Sorry I’m a bit late on this, better late than never.

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    • November 25, 2011 at 10:08 am
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      Most definitely better late! The magazine is still new – not late anyway… Thank you so much Terry!!

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