Chronic Illness Bloggers To Follow
May 5, 2017 | Kate the (Almost) Great
“One of the great things about being a chronic illness patient now – in 2017 – is the community you can be a part of even if you don’t know anyone in person who has a chronic illness.” – Check out Anna and other awesome chronic illness bloggers to follow here.
Patient Advocacy: How to Prepare for a Speech
April 25, 2017 | Patients Rising Blog
If the idea of sharing your patient story publicly makes you nervous, patient advocate Anna Legassie offers a few helpful tips to prepare for your next speech. Read More
Fitness and RA: 9 Social Media Stars Making an Impact
April 19, 2017 | Healthline
“It’s no secret that living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can feel limiting when you’re trying to stay fit. This autoimmune disease can affect the joints and other systems, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. But staying physically active helps reduce pain, increase energy, and improve day-to-day functioning.
For some fitness inspiration, here are nine social media stars with RA who keep their bodies active. Whether competing in triathlons, running obstacle courses, or practicing Bikram yoga, they like to move it!” Check out in Anna in the #1 spot here!
Running on Hope: Anna Races Against Still’s Disease
April 11, 2017 | Clara Health Blog
“Twenty-two years ago, Anna was diagnosed with Still’s Disease. Today, she’s a RheumAthlete. In between and ahead lay many obstacles. Here, she tells us her incredible story.” Read More
A Love Letter to Herself | Anna’s fight with Rheumatoid Arthritis
April 3, 2017 | Salem Photographer Jess McDougall
“Over the past five years I have had the strongest and most resilient women walk through my studio door. Every woman is fighting a battle of some sort, no matter how big or small, we all have them. These past two years have introduced me specifically to women who are fighting battles with their health and/or disease. In January, life brought me Anna. It all started with a phone call…” Read More
New England CEPAC Meeting: Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
March 24, 2017 | New England CEPAC
On Friday, March 24, 2017, The New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (New England CEPAC), a core program of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), met to review the ICER Evidence Report on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis – specifically their effectiveness and value. The webcast of the meeting was recorded, and you can view Anna’s patient testimony (at the 2:46 mark) here.
Advocate Webinar Series
March 15, 2017 | Arthritis Foundation
Every month, the Arthritis Foundation hosts a 30-minute call to dive a bit deeper into advocacy topics featuring special guest speakers, experts, and Arthritis Foundation Advocates. March’s Advocate Webinar Series featured Anna’s presentation on “The Power of Social Media.” Listen to a recording here.
2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree
September 18, 2016 | Arthritis Foundation
“A longtime volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation, Anna Legassie is proud to be recognized as the 2016 Adult Honoree for the Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis! Anna is the team captain for Team Hips and together with her friends and family, she has raised more than $30,000 for the Walk since 2012. Anna is also an Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Ambassador and recently she joined the New England Regional Leadership Board as the advocacy chair.” Read More
Rheum to Race
August 18, 2016 | CureArthritis.org Blog
“Anna Legassie is not your ordinary race competitor — she competes in grueling long-distance obstacle events while facing an even bigger challenge, rheumatoid arthritis (rheum). Being an athlete with rheum poses unique roadblocks for Anna. She has found that not everyone can understand why she would push her body to the limits and has often met resistance from family and friends. In response, Anna has become a pioneer both on the race course and in her doctor’s office so she can compete in the sport she loves.” Read More
Volume 1: #RealGangstasOfRA
August 9, 2016 | Dina Neils, Titanium Triathlete Blog
“Posts from my fellow, incredibly killer, RA Warriors who demonstrate pure badassery in the face of adversity as they fight never-ending battles against horrendous autoimmune disease/chronic illness. These “gangstas” inspire and give me strength every day, and I hope you’ll feel the same. Read about them – follow them – let their rad auras fill your universe with strength and inspiration, then sprinkle that shit everywhere…” Read More
February 12, 2016 | Glove Girl Blog
“This week’s Feature Friday has got to be one of the most incredible women we have been lucky enough to come into contact with. This young lady was diagnosed with a serious disease at a very young age. You may have heard of this disease through commercials as you are watching your favorite sitcom. It’s time to hit the pause button, learn a little something and bring awareness to Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Read More
Live Bold, Live Now
January 4, 2016 | Health Central
“For Anna Legassie, now 32, remembering when her life changed is like piecing together a puzzle. She can talk about when she was diagnosed, but it’s like retelling a story she’s heard from others. Back when she was 11, she collapsed during band practice. That led to tests, more tests, and finally a diagnosis. A doctor told Anna’s mother to get her a wheelchair so she would get used to having a disability. It was the start of her new life, one of strong medications and an odyssey of surgeries. And, of being someone ‘different.” Read More
July 12, 2015 | Kate the Almost Great
“I have to say, today’s Spoonie Spotlight means so much to me because I’m featuring Anna. Anna and I met in person at the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Summit where we, with 4 others from Massachusetts, advocated for others with arthritis. So it makes me so happy to have her here for Spoonie Spotlight.” Read More
When Failure Isn’t an Option
June 19, 2015 | Arthritis Foundation Blog
“Social media is great for a lot of things — reconnecting with old friends, finding that next job, catching up on the news and perhaps even wasting a little (a lot of!) time. But when Anna Legassie logged on back in May, she wasn’t doing any of those things. She was just trying to get her medicine.” Read More