I've known fellow lupus sister Amanda Greene aka La Lupus Lady for over a year now and the concept of being able to wrap my arms around her in real life was almost too much for my brain to process! Besides attending the #140conf; Amanda was a speaker on the "Lupus Ladies of Twitter" panel along with lupus sisters Christine Miserandino aka BYDLS, Kelly Dawn aka KellyFund4Lupus, and her phenomenal mother Brenda Blackmon!
There aren't enough facial expressions to express my glee of finally being able to wrap my arms around these beautiful strong women. Each of us (excluding Ms. Brenda) has been living with the chronic illness lupus for quite some time and have found each other through the usage of social media.
These four remarkable women took the stage at #140conf and shared their stories. Christine stressed the importance of helping lupus patients in the state of NOW not later. Amanda showed us how anyone could easily help raise funds to promote lupus research with the new campaign from the Alliance for Lupus Research, and Brenda tugged at our hearts with her real-life story of how social media and prayer helped her daughter Kelly to wake from a lupus inflicted coma over two years ago. Fifteen minutes just didn't seem like enough time to be in the presence of such marvelous ladies.
Deepak Chopra who shared a message of happiness and the importance of surrounding oneself with positive energy to young engaged Middle School Micro-interns which performed a skit that mimicked the effects of social media in the business world today! There were moms, CEO's, farmers, bloggers, teachers, dads, graffiti artists, police men, producers, etc all gathered together for a day of social goodness.
Scott Mills) shared his passion of crime stopping; working with kids and graffiti. Just a few hours later a lupus patient stripped on stage to raise funds for lupus research. We were taught the importance of returning relationships and practicing humility (Ted Rubin); and learned how to awaken our very own superhero from deep within (Christopher Penn).
Social media grants us the opportunity to reach out and touch the world in each of its farthest corners. Now that you have that power; what will you do with it?
I have always endeavored to become a groundbreaking activist; I'm completely astonished that #140conf has set me on a clear path towards achieving my goal!
In case you missed the "Lupus Ladies of Twitter" segment from #140conf I've posted it below.
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