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Where Privilege and Purpose Coalesce to Form
A Heart That MatterS
The WEGO Health Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower patient leaders.
Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to honor, recognize, and celebrate the work of patient advocates, influencers and healthcare collaborators who are helping others and transforming healthcare – often without any formal recognition.
Video Discussion Learning Points
- Patient advocacy in healthcare
- Chronically ill, lower income, people of color: Owning the power of your voice in healthcare encounters
- Patient perspective on critical changes needed in healthcare to improve patient experience
- COVID19: Teachable moments in addressing health health disparities
- Advice to the chronically ill on managing stressors of COVID-19
In honor of the 12th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon hosted in the Lehigh Valley, the American Heart Association is celebrating 12 stories of the heart. Read about the journeys of 12 women whose lives have been affected by heart disease—and why it’s especially important to join them in the fight against the number one cause of death in women.
Don’t Settle For Less
You Have Your Illness, Your Illness Doesn’t Have to Have You
Through her tireless efforts on behalf of fellow heart and multiple sclerosis patients, Teresa has shown by example that you can life your life bravely while battling chronic illnesses. She has inspired others with a message built on the idea that no matter how you live with your illness, it is only a passenger along for the ride of life, not the ride itself.
My Thoughts, My Words
I’m blessed to be able to share my message with others through published articles. Read my latest thoughts on how to live with chronic illnesses.
My Latest Blog
Hello all! It has been awhile. I hope you are safe and being good to yourself. It may be difficult to imagine what being good to yourself actually entails under our current circumstances, however,...
A Mix of Inspiration and Education.
I’m Here to Help
Privilege of Purpose
Inspiring Children with Chronic Illness
Maintaining Good Health & Spirits
Have A Heart for Yourself
Multiple Sclerosis & The Black Community
Managing Multiple Chronic Illnesses
You Don’t Have to be a Warrior
From My Lips
Media & Interviews
Words and images have power and this is why I am uploading videos that I hope can inspire, encourage, and educate.
an Introduction to
Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey.
Education & Professional Experience
-Rutgers University graduate (Go Scarlet Knights!)
-Retired Senior Parole Officer for the New Jersey State Parole board with an extensive background in Criminal Justice and Social Services
-Columnist for Multiple Sclerosis News Today
-Contributor for HeartFailure.net
-Author for Modern Day MS
-Guest writer for Nia Magazine, Emerge Woman, and iPain Magazine
Organizations & Associations
– Board of Directors Member for Lehigh Valley American Heart Association
-2020 Advisor, Janssen HealtheVoices
– Board of Directors for US Heart Valve Voice
– Health and Wellness Chair for the NAACP
– Engagement Committee for iConquerMS
– Participant on Multiple Advisory Boards and Councils
Accolades and Awards
– Essex County of Board of Chosen Freeholders Commendation for Compassionate Community Service
– Easton Branch #2260 Image Award
– iPain 2019 Hero of Hope
– PA House of Representatives Recognition of Outstanding Health Awareness
– PA Legislative Black Caucus Acknowledgement
– Newark Bronze Shields, Inc. Inaugural Courage Award
– Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Omega Mu Zeta President’s Pick Award
– Lillian & Lillian Foundation Law Enforcement Award