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#MEAction x Long COVID Survival Guide Panel

Rectangle image with red and purple geographic designs, with the words “Live on Zoom” in a yellow diagonal oval in the top left hand corner. Underneath, the words “#MEAction X Long COVID Survival Guide Panel” in white. Beneath those words are the #MEAction round logo in white and an image of the Long COVID Survival Guide book in yellow. On the right top corner of the rectangle is the words “Tuesday, January 17th at 4pm PST/6pm CST/7pm EST” appearing in white. Then the word “Panelists:” is below. Next, there are four headshots of the panelists. Top left is Fiona Lowenstein. They are wearing a blue button up shirt, opened to a white shirt underneath. Their blonde hair is pulled back. Top right is Rachel Robles. She is wearing a black tank top and has her brown hair down. Bottom left is Chimére L. Smith. She is a Black person with cropped, black hair (no clothing is visible). Bottom right is Terri L. Wilder. She is a white person with black hair (no clothing is visible).

January 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm PST

#MEAction is thrilled to announce, we will be hosting a virtual #MEAction x The Long COVID Survival Guide Panel featuring editor Fiona Lowenstein and contributors Rachel Robles, Chimére L. Smith, and Terri L. Wilder from the recently released book on Tuesday, Jan 17th at 4pm PST/6pm CST/7pm EST.

This panel will be led by Ben HsuBorger and we are looking forward to hearing and learning more about each panelist’s story.

The Long COVID Survival Guide: How to Take Care of Yourself and What Comes Next was released in November 2022 that shares stories and advice from 20 long-haulers and experts. You can purchase the book here.

To get excited about the panel, here is information about each panelists:

Fiona Lowenstein
Fiona Lowenstein is an award-winning independent journalist, producer, and speaker, covering health justice, wellness culture, LGBTQ+ issues and more. Their work has appeared in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Vox, The Guardian, and Business Insider, among other publications. Fiona is the founder of Body Politic – home of the original Long COVID support group. They are also the editor of the forthcoming anthology, THE LONG COVID SURVIVAL GUIDE.

Rachel Robles
Rachel Robles (she/her) is a Long COVID patient advocate aiding in the democratization of research to patients within Body Politic and Patient Led Research Collaborative (PLRC). She is a contributing author to “The Long COVID Survival Guide.” Rachel is currently a Product Business Intelligence Analyst at Indeed and holds a leadership position within Access Indeed, Indeed’s disability employee resource group.

Chimére Smith
Chimére is an author, speaker, highly-requested panelist, and thought leader who unapologetically shares her Long Covid journey — including balancing the effects of her disability emotionally, physically, and financially.   

She has been featured on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and in The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She has written for Huffington Post, Medium, and She Knows.

She is currently on a virtual book tour, celebrating the release of Fiona Löwenstein’s The Long Covid Survival Guide of which she is a contributing author and can be found at chimereladawn.com. And she also works with #MEAction to encourage diversity in volunteerism. 

Terri Wilder
Terri Wilder was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in March 2016. Since her diagnosis she has worked with elected officials, public health departments, health care providers, journalists, and activists to raise awareness about ME/CFS and Long COVID across the globe. Terri is currently a consultant and volunteer with #MEAction, and leads the Minnesota #MEAction chapter. She was instrumental in getting a piece of legislation passed in New York State that provides for a ME/CFS education and outreach program, and represented #MEAction on the federal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC). She uses the skills she learned from the AIDS movement and the LGBTQ+ community to fight for the ME/CFS and Long COVID community. Terri is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Social Work where she earned her Master of Social Work. She graduated from UGA with a Bachelor in Social Work in 1989. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

NEW ZOOM LINK: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86877857403

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