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FMD Awareness Day - July 23, 2012

On Monday, July 23, fibromuscular dysplasia patients and those who are family members, friends, and healthcare providers to fibromuscular dysplasia patients are asked to join in a global awareness event to raise the disease's profile and contribute to rare disease research.

Participating in the event is as involved as you want to make it!

1) Wear a necklace or bracelet of red beads. Be sure to explain to others why you are wearing the beads. Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to share a photo of you wearing your red bead necklace or bracelet and share your story about why you are wearing it. Encourage others to participate! (Why red beads? The primary form of FMD — the medial form — is said to look like a "string of beads" upon angiogram. Red is the color of blood.)

2) Donate your lunch money to rare disease research. Instead of going out for lunch, pack a lunch! Contribute the $5-$15 you would have spent on lunch to the CoRDS Registry at Sanford Health. Simply…

Getting Out More Than You Put In

It's a matter of return on investment. We give. We give our time, our energy, our talents. what do we get in return? What do we get out of what we put in? In love, in life, in our family, in our work, in our passions. There are the lucky ones for whom work — which brings the most concrete return on investment — also brings the esoteric returns: happiness, satisfaction, pride, accomplishment. And yet there are those for whom their passion brings these things while failing to bring in the necessary financial returns to continue doing them. How does one balance what one needs to do with what one loves to do?

A fellow health activist posed a question on Wego's forum — how could she translate her passion for being a health advocate and helping others into a paying gig? I had no answer for her, short of being hired on to a pre-existing health advocacy organization or starting her own organization. Either way, she would need to be willing to work another job for income or do without…