We Survive announces online health and wellness community

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March topic to focus on is MS

By Staff

 A nonprofit community education program with ties to Nelson County has launched an online community that will focus on different health and wellness topics each month.

We Survive was founded in 1994, and has corporate headquarters at Haven of Hope in Bloomfield, which serves as a retreat for the organization’s clients. 

The team focuses on improving the lives of families and children across Kentucky, many of whom face challenging living situations.

Through Haven of Hope, the group works to enrich the lives of those individuals. 

With the new health and wellness community, We Survive can now tackle more healthy living topics.

This month, Sharon McKean will provide information and resources regarding multiple sclerosis, which is thought to affect more than 2.3 million people worldwide, according to the National MS Society.

The immune-mediated disease is often diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, and affects each person differently. 

According to a press release from We Survive, McKean, who has been a part of the organization since she was 15, was diagnosed with MS at age 26 and has been involved in various MS activities to educate others. 

“She was part of our original Health and Wellness youth educators who provided programs at Churchill Downs where we launched LIGHTFEST in 1997,” said We Survive Executive Director Sharon Cecil, adding that McKean continues to help with programs. 

In McKean’s story, shared on the organization’s website, she talks about how We Survive helped her find her voice and challenged her in new ways. 

“I learned to display my empathy for others through my writing and was able to connect with people I had never met before,” she said. 

And co-hosting a radio talk show through the organization, McKean interviewed others on health and wellness topics. 

“I was empowered to use my voice, ask hard-hitting questions, and educate my community on issues I felt everyone should be aware of,” she said. 

While the online community was officially launched March 1, as of March 11, McKean had been posting her journey from the hospital after a relapse. 

“I am a real person who is a We Survive team member that happens to have MS, who is relapsing during MS Awareness Month,” McKean shared in an update. 

But despite the setback, McKean said she is happy to share her journey and provide education firsthand. 

Those wishing to learn more about McKean and the topics that will be discussed can follow the community on Facebook at We Survive: A Hope for Health and Wellness.