Please help me use my voice to influence healthcare! I’ve been nominated for a WEGO Health Patient Leader Hero award, but I need endorsements from YOU. It’ll take 2 seconds, and mean an incredible amount to me. Click here, then click the “Endorse Lala Jackson” button.
WEGO Health Awards connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. By endorsing me, you let healthcare companies – insurance, medical, advocacy, wellness brands, etc. – know that I’m a person whose voice is worth listening to in the health space. You know this is my jam, and I’d really appreciate your help to make these relationships happen for me.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 10, in 1997. I started meeting with local congress people through JDRF’s Promise to Remember me campaign, and traveled to DC with ADA when I was 17 to speak to lawmakers on the hill. My being a “bulldog” (ADA’s head of government relations at the time’s word, not mine lol) made it so an important bill got signed to allow kids with chronic illness to better and more safely take care of themselves in public school.
I’ve always used my experiences and voice to speak up for others with chronic illness because I know just how much my privilege has afforded me. Even when I was not able to get access to health insurance for 13 months after I graduated college – pre ACA – I was still able to survive because of the generosity of my friends and family.
I know multiple people who have died in the same situation because they weren’t able to afford their medication.
I started working at JDRF in 2016 because I knew I couldn’t NOT continue to do this important work. I wrote my book – Beyond Powerful: Your Chronic Illness is Not Your Kryptonite – to reach out to people like me who needed an extra infusion of hope. I do one-on-one chronic health coaching to help people who need someone in their corner through this process.
I can’t look at people who are carrying similar things as I do and not fight for us. This award will help me continue to elevate my voice in spaces where I have the opportunity to affect change. Thank you for helping me do that.
Click here: https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/14983
Then click the “Endorse Lala Jackson” button.