Kennedy was 30 years old when he was secretly diagnosed with Addison's in London in 1947. Some 12 years later he ran for presidential office and, at the age of 43, became the youngest man ever to be elected president of the United States. He was assassinated three years later while campaigning for re-election.
The ADSHG is delighted to have a panel representing both "expert patients" and adrenal specialists for its 29 May Tweet Chat about Addison's in the workplace.
- Rachel Bracken, scientist
- Carl Hall, manager
- Libby Holland, nurse
- Dr Pippa Little, arts administrator
- Sarah Skelding, IT developer
- Lisa Shepherd, specialist endocrine nurse at Birmingham Heartlands hospital and chair of the Society for Endocrinology nursing committee
- Dr Anna Mitchell, Endocrine Registrar at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
How do I join in?
- Join Twitter
- Follow us on Twitter - @AddisonsUK and the rest of the team involved in the #AddisonsQA
- Tune in on Monday 29 May and interact with the #AddisonsQA community, making sure to include the hashtag #AddisonsQA in your tweets
We hope many of our regular online viewers and supporters will be able to 'tune in' on the evening, tweeting and retweeting to help raise awareness and build the #AddisonsQA online community.
What is a Tweet Chat?
A Tweet Chat is in essence a virtual panel discussion that take place on Twitter, using a predefined hashtag which links together the tweets in a virtual conversation. Our Tweet Chat will be hosted by the ADSHG Twitter account, @AddisonsUK, using the hashtag #AddisonsQA. We'll ask a series of structured questions in order to facilitate the conversation.
- Society for Endocrinology BES 2010: Ongoing symptoms in treated Addison's disease significantly impair health-related quality of life
- Society for Endocrinology BES 2009: Associated health conditions and occupational status are risk factors for adrenal crisis in treated Addison’s disease
- Society for Endocrinology BES 2005: Medication management and quality of life in patients with primary adrenal insufficiency
You can read a profile of President J F Kennedy in the Famous Lives section of the ADSHG website.
He is also profiled on an ADSHG greetings card available in the web Shop.