13 Inspiring Women Who Don’t Let Their Chronic Illnesses Define Them

13 Inspiring Women Who Don't Let Their Chronic Illnesses Define Them
13 Inspiring Women Who Don’t Let Their Chronic Illnesses Define Them

Name: Zoey Wright
Age: 20
Chronic Illness: Ulcerative Colitis – inflammatory bowel disease
Story: Has suffered for 3 years in silence. Made it her mission to help others.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoeywrightfitness/

Name: Somer Love
Age: 37
Chronic Illness: Cystic Fibrosis – affects the lungs and digestive system.
Story: She deals with daily exhaustion and inconvenience. She created Love to Breathe to spread awareness, hope and positivity to the Cystic Fibrosis community.

Name: Selena Gomez
Age: 23
Chronic Illness: Lupus
Story: Recently open up to the public about her condition, which explained her cancelled shows. She is not ashamed of her condition and wants to inspire others.

Name: Mickey Prescott
Chronic Illness: Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease
Story: She’s a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who suffered from severe asthma growing up and had to take many trips to the E.R. Also has to eat certain foods and lives off a restricted diet, which caused her to write The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook to help inspire others. http://autoimmune-paleo.com/my-story-part-i/

Name: Lena Dunham
Age: 30
Chronic Illness: Endometriosis
Story: Is very open and honest with her condition. Lena sufferers from a condition that causes tissue that normally lines the uterus to grow on the surrounding organs. She talks about owning your illness and not holding back.

Name: Ally Hilfiger
Age: 31
Chronic Illness: Chronic Lyme Disease
Story: Diagnosed at the young age of 7 from a tick bite. Suffers from joint pain, weakness, fatigue and vision problems. Wrote a book detailing her journey.

Name: Lara Parker
Age: 21
Chronic Illness: Endometriosis
Story: A Buzzfeed editor went six years without knowing what was wrong with her. Want to increase awareness and let others know its ok to have a chronic illness. She’s an active member of National Vulvodynia Association.

Name: Ashley Esper
Age: 21
Chronic Illness: Crohn’s Disease
Story: She’s had hospitalized multiple times, two surgeries and countless missed life experiences all while earning her masters degree. She realized keeping her illness a secret was not beneficial and now spreads awareness. http://www.ashleyesper.com/publications.html

Name: Daisy Ridley
Age: 24
Chronic Illness: Endometriosis
Story: Diagnosed at the age of 15. Talks about body positivity and striving to be the best version of herself.

Name: Ciena Nelson
Age: 24
Chronic Illness: Psoriasis
Story: After failed attempts to control her skin condition, she publicly documented her struggle on Instagram. This came at a time when she felt very alone. She follows a strict anti-inflammation diet eliminating dairy, sugar, processed foods, alcohol and wheat.


Name: Yolanda Hadid
Chronic Illness: Lyme Disease
Story: Diagnosed a few years ago and has been on a journey to help raise awareness ever since. She wrote a book detailing her painful journey and the stigma associated with it.

Name: Chanel White
Age: 25
Chronic Illness: System Sclerosis
Story: Told she was lucky if she saw past age 13. Her condition attacks the organs which include muscular, nervous, respiratory and vascular. Now she spreads awareness through her blog.

Name: Emma Franklin
Age: 23
Chronic Illness: Chronic Lyme Disease
Story: Endured years of unexplained symptoms such as not being able to talk or eat. Now she blogs to raise awareness

Source: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/g5902/inspiring-women-chronic-illnesses/

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