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FCH Community Member Spotlight: Kathy Ruiz-Carter

Spotlight is Kathy Ruiz-Carter, the host of LS Warriors Community. Kathy joined the Find Calm Here Community in 2021 was an active participant during the Mighty Mastermind Spring Cohort held from January through April 2021.

Kathy’s community offers an intimate, positive, safe space for women with Lichen Sclerosus to learn how to manage their condition and work through the emotional and mental side effects to living life the way they want to live. In 2021, Kathy’s biggest community achievement was turning LSSN into a nonprofit to educate and raise awareness of Lichen Sclerosus.

Over the past year, Kathy has been building up her community and has grown, hitting 50 members at the end of last summer. She’s implemented a few of the strategies she learned from the FCH Community including implementing “Welcome Parties” and has shared her milestones with the Mighty Mastermind members and continues to be an active member of the Find Calm Here Community!

An “Invaluable” community for those who struggle with LS — Kathy is cultivating a safe haven

Kathy’s community is a safe haven from all the noise on the internet. The noise of the medical websites with their medical terms and clinical list of symptoms. Safe from the images of disfigured vulvas that make us afraid to look at ourselves and lower our self-esteem. It’s a small, quiet place off social media where it’s easy to get lost and distracted.

“I was diagnosed with LS mid-October 2020. For the first six weeks, I went through an extremely hard time. I was scared, anxious, depressed, frustrated, and very lonely. I was exhausted from googling. Then I found Kathy and LS Warriors!! Being a part of this group has been invaluable for me and has helped me in many ways. I have learned so much about LS from them, from their knowledge and experiences. There are always new tips, videos, podcasts, virtual meet-ups, etc. If I have a question or am having a hard day my LS friends are always there for me. LS Warriors has gotten me to where I am now ( which is a much better place) physically, mentally, and emotionally and has become one of the most important things in my life. I thoroughly enjoy being an LS member. Honestly, without them, I don’t know how I would be getting through this.”

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