RA Warrior Year in Review 2010

Where did 2010 go?

I’m not sure. But apparently I spent a lot of it with y’all! I spent the last week looking at the road we traveled over the last year on the blog. I researched to find the most popular posts for reading or discussion and tried to remember what I was thinking at the time. Many of the best posts are listed in this slideshow.

The slideshow is published on Slideshare so you can play or pause it as you like and you can click on the links in it to blog posts – they’re live. I’ve also published the slideshow as a video on YouTube for those who prefer that format. The YouTube video links are not live, but the titles are all listed in the Archive at the bottom of this page, organized by month.

What I learned making the slideshow:

  1. I need to fix my about pages. I just thought no one looked at them because I don’t.
  2. People are reading a lot of things they are not commenting on. Hurray! People are using the RA Map, and the Factsheets, and the Onset stories. I don’t have time to do that kind of analysis most of the time and those pages don’t get many comments so I was not aware of how popular they are.
  3. Patients are looking for information online as much as for connection. Well, we knew that, but it’s good to confirm our hunches.

Are we there yet?

No! There are a lot of exciting plans for 2011 that I can’t wait to share! But, one thing at a time. Let’s enjoy the slide show for a few days!

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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/

15 thoughts on “RA Warrior Year in Review 2010

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  • December 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Good stuff Kelly. It is going to give me a lot of stuff to read and I’m sure answers to many questions. sincerly Thank You!

  • December 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Wow, Love the Year in Review. The slide show was a wonderful way to present it also.

  • December 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Excellent slideshow Kelly! It’s great to have it condensed like this and to see how you have organized a whole year. I can only imagine how much work this was to do!

  • December 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    It just seems like we started 2010 last month. Time flies, even when you’re hurting. Just wanted to say thanks for all that you have done for us in 2010, the informative posts, the photos and videos. I know there is a tremendous amount of stress involved in running this website. By the way, my favorite was the RA Heartache post … as real as it gets. Thank you.

  • December 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    This was great. I’m surprised at the sizable load of information you provided this year. I have learned so much, and I’ve become a much better-armed Warrior. Thank you!

  • December 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks Kelly! Very informative!

  • December 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Kelly, this slideshow crystallized the fact that you have been like a trusted friend in my journey this past year. I began 2010 a fearful, uncertain, undiagnosed seeker of knowledge about what was happening to my body. I begin 2011 as an informed, diagnosed, empowered patient/partner who is using what I learn at RAW to help inform my treatment decisions. RAW has been a primary resource in my 2010 journey – I know how much it has meant to me personally that you have made this dedicated effort to provide accurate info and a sense of community. I’m sure your efforts have meant as much to many others. “Thank you” seems too small a phrase, but it’s all I have. Thank you for all you do.

    • December 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      It’s not small Jackie. It means a lot to me. I’m just like you – very thankful for finding information and community.

  • January 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Thanks for all the amazing posts, Kelly! I can’t even begin to imagine how much hard work goes into it! Wish this year brings all the health and happiness your way.


    • January 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Shweta. I was thinking of you lately. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for the sweet wishes.

  • January 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Kelly…Just wanted to offer a BIG THANK YOU for this website and let you know how much I like the year end review…It was great to look back and read things I missed…

  • October 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

    There have been many informative post as well as informative answers from posters. Even shares are worthy of attention as you never know what one blogger can do to open another bloggers points of view, perspective or intrigue. I for one am considered very difficult to treat. I’ve rejected 5 of the top meds so far and have gone back to enbrel. I’m hoping to find the relief I had the first time around. If not, then we try another. But, it gets old. I like hearing about other treatments and especially from other difficult’s like myself. I also like hearing about any research going on in the field of auto immune disease in general. I believe, this is my personal belief, when the crack open one they going to crack open several at a time. They are all just so closely related it’s hard not to imagine it happening this way.

    No matter the reason, we all come here because you’ve devoted a mass amount of time keeping us all in the loop. It’s an important to be a part of.

    Thank you for all you do!


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