About Connect: Who, What & Why

Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community that connects people. In the About Connect page, find out more about members, mentors and the community. Meet the team of Mayo Clinic moderators and how the community is managed.  Review the community guidelines and learn how you can get the most from your Connect experience.

Twice a month, a member of your Connect community is featured in the Member Spotlights. Follow the About Connect page to get updates about members and the community.

May 24, 2019

Sharing, Caring and Lending a Virtual Ear: Meet @gingerw

By Rosemary, Volunteer Mentor, @rosemarya

Member Spotlights feature interviews with fellow Connect members. Learn more about members you’ve connected with and some you haven’t met yet. Nominate a member you think should share the spotlight.

2019.5.21.@gingerw.Connect Spotlight

ROSEMARY: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect? What motivates you to take part in the community?

@gingerw: I have been receiving the Mayo Clinic newsletters by email for years, and always was impressed with the wide variety of subjects covered. One day, there was a link to Connect, and I took a chance. What a game changer!

ROSEMARY: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?

@gingerw: This community consists of motivated people. We share, we care, we lend a virtual ear to others who reach out. As an adult on the autism spectrum, interfacing in cyberspace is easier for me than face-to-face sometimes.

ROSEMARY: What groups do you participate in?

@gingerw: Among them, Mental Health, Chronic Pain, Kidney & Bladder, Transplants, Autoimmune Diseases, Depression & Anxiety, Just Want to Talk , but I always scroll through the Connect Daily Digest in case there is something that piques my interest.

ROSEMARY: Tell us about a meaningful moment on Connect.

@gingerw: When others who read my posts feel they have received some information or find relevance, it’s a good feeling. Like so many in this community, I have gone through a lot in my lifetime. If my experiences and support can make a difference to someone, then my mission is accomplished.

ROSEMARY: What surprised you the most about Connect?

@gingerw: How easy it was to step up and start posting!

ROSEMARY: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?

@gingerw: I value time spent creating artistic things, be it with fabric, yarn or pen. Also, I love the outdoors. The picture here is of Multnomah Falls in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. We visited there in 2017; the area was decimated later that year in a wildfire.

ROSEMARY: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.

@gingerw: Last year I took my first lesson in Zentangle, and find the meditative drawing a good adjunct for my other therapies. In fact, this summer I will become a Certified Zentangle Teacher, after attending a multiday training in Rhode Island. It’s my new go-to pastime.

ROSEMARY: Do you have a favorite quote, life motto or personal mantra?

@gingerw: I have two. A recent one is “Find Joy in the Journey.” The other one is a quote often attributed to Dr. Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

ROSEMARY: Puppies or kittens?

@gingerw: Definitely kittens.

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@lioness @hopeful33250 @becsbuddy @johnbishop @IndianaScott @rosemarya @thankful @contentandwell Thank you all for the positive replies! I was so reluctant to share, but am glad I did. And a big thank you to @rosemarya for her guidance.


@gingerw Nice to know a bit more you. Making lines keeps me sane.


@lioness. Bugs love me and follow me around. I am my husband's best mosquito repellent. When he’s next to me no mosquitoes go near him.

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