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Jul 26, 2012 - 10 comments

HI All,

As Laura has already posted on her journal, there is a scholarship on social media  available from the Mayo Clinic .  The first part of the judgment process is how many "likes" you get on the Mayo  Clinic site, Facebook or Twitter. The Mayo link is:

Below is my essay. Any positive comments can be posted on the Above link. Thank you!!!!

From an early age, I became a frequent patient and it was after reading a book brought to me as a gift while I was hospitalized that I decided on my career choice, nursing. To this day I am a caregiver and a patient, this time a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). In my heart, if not on my paycheck, I will always be a nurse.

I was unaware of my MS diagnosis when I went back to school to obtain a paralegal degree; I was simply rejoining the workforce when the oldest of my children started college. While raising my three children, I also became a private caregiver to my youngest child. He was hospitalized many times for a myriad of perplexing symptoms and illnesses. It was at this time; in the very early 1990s that I learned that there wasn’t an easy way to access the collective thoughts of the medical field, short of subscriptions to print medical journals. I spent up to 8 hours a day researching and reading in large academic libraries on what might be ailing my child.  I would read abstracts from PubMED and published articles when I could access them. What I would have given to have had access to today’s version of the internet.

Fast forward to the year 2005 when I began work as a Nurse Paralegal. My job description was to read medical records, research any unknown illnesses and then explain in laymen terms, the disease process to the assigning attorney. In some cases, it was my duty to write portions of Federal Statements of Fact for legal briefs or illustrate a medical concept for a jury’s understanding. I still was a caregiver, but to an audience not to an individual. My research in this job introduced me to blogs, forums, and personal webpages.

In 2009 I was officially diagnosed with MS. With my many hours spent behind the computer researching and writing for others, I started researching for myself when the first mention of MS came up. I was very fortunate to have found the MS forum on Here was a wide array of people in different stages of diagnosis. From the ones who were told “maybe it’s MS” to those who had suffered many years with this disease.  I like it here and it became my new “MS home”. Not that I didn’t continue to research but these people understood what I was experiencing.

A little less than a year later, I was honored when one of the founding members of the MS forum, a retired physician, invited me to join as a Co-Community Leader after she jumped through hoops and hurdles to add a fourth CO-CL since our forum already had the normal quota of co-leaders. I was so excited! Turns out, this can be one tough job and demanding at times. I for one, will research until I have found an answer, whether it be on a medical site, a news site,  a Facebook page, a link from a personal blog or on another MS site. I still have that nurse’s training that taught me patient teaching and I can’t do patient teaching without the facts. I have a need to turn over every stone looking for an answer to questions asked by others. This was true while I was a Nurse Paralegal and it is true to this day.

The Social Media Summit would further my knowledge of social media and its advantages of reaching a larger crowd. My background in nursing and the paralegal field would provide the Summit a different point of view, mostly likely not encountered before. With the additional knowledge I obtain, I can “pay it forward” to the MS community and to the fledging National Multiple Sclerosis Society chapter in my area. I have many people approach me, usually because of my cane or other assistive device, and ask what is wrong.  When I respond, they always say they know someone with MS and with my new skills and knowledge in social media I hope to be able to make a connection that serves the intended recipient well.

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by rendean, Jul 26, 2012
A note to the above request to read and comment on my essay. My first name and initial are Brenda T., which is how it is posted on the Mayo site.

Thank you,

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by candy158, Jul 26, 2012
I love the essay, and I say YEAH !!! for you............... you are a perfect person for that job..... You surely have helped me alot, and I thank you for your friendship as well...


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by rendean, Jul 26, 2012
Did you go to the mayo link and vote as well? I surely appreciate it!  I'm glad I have helped you and I return the thank you for the frienship.


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by rendean, Jul 28, 2012
HI All,
I don't want to seem a pest but I know that's probably the impression. I just really want to attend the social Media summitt so that I can help this community and learn more ways to improve communication skills. Laura and I are the only two MS patients entered.

I did notice comments that you knid folks made on Laura's entry. If  it is in your heart, I would  also appreciate comments made on the Mayo website as they count too.

Thank you for understanding!


The link again:

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by opus88, Jul 28, 2012
Liked you too Brenda....good luck hon♥

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by rendean, Jul 29, 2012
Thank you Opus!!! I appreciate all the "likes" I can get on the ESSAY page on the Mayo site.


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by sllowe, Jul 30, 2012
Final week for likes!

Like and comment away forum family!


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by rendean, Jul 30, 2012
Thank you Shelly!!


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by debgen, Aug 01, 2012
I really liked your essay and I do really like you!,

You are truly one of the anchors of this forum and I am so grateful!

I have been trying to get on to the site you posted so that I can vote for you but have been unable to get connected to the site. I will keep trying :)


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by rendean, Aug 01, 2012
Dear Deb,
Thank you for the kind words!  I think your activity in helping others on the forum is important as well.

I appreciate all the votes I can get. Hopefully the Mayo site will open up so you can vote because I'm about 50 votes way from the cut-off numbr by my crude calculations, (LOL). My daughters' friends vote on Facebook itself and not on the Essay page so those votes didn't count unfortunately.


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