You may know me as the Queen of GSD, your go-to for websites, digital marketing and cute dog pics on Instagram (seriously, check it out!) I hit the scene in early 2019 ready to dazzle everyone with my skillz but there’s something you may not know about me.
…I’m kind of a big deal.
I’ve been a patient advocate since 2006, the year I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It started with a digital newsletter I created, then it turned into a blog. That blog turned into paid blogging. Which turned into being invited to patient advisory boards with big pharma and healthcare companies. Which lead to speaking gigs. This lead to advocacy actually being part of my career. In 2009, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I started a nonprofit for women living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 2012 and worked full-time for that nonprofit for a few years.
The Importance of Second Thought
“Hi. I’m Jackie and I’m a chronic overcommitter. I’ll begin this meeting of the chronic overcommitters by creating a signup sheet for all the things that we need to accomplish tonight. I’ve already signed up for most of them...”
There isn’t a chronic overcommitters groups that I’m aware of, but if there was I would go every week in addition to all the other things I’ve already agreed to do. And let’s be honest...I’d definitely be a group leader too. I mean, if you’re going to attend, why not run the damn thing? Amirite?
If there is one vice that I have worked very hard to shake it is volunteering or signing up for everything. When I see a call for volunteers it’s like getting a fix of overcommitted bliss. I am now in some version of “recovery” for saying yes to everything but I regularly fight the urge to shoot my hand in the air and say “I’ll do it!”