Many people in the world today suffer from chronic illnesses. In the past, there were rarely support groups, let alone an avenue for these sufferers to share their journey. Thanks to technology and the popularity of blogging, many have stepped up and come out to talk about their joys and pains because of chronic illnesses.
Tae McKenzie is a model and activist, and an epileptic. She is also a stroke survivor. She blogs about her everyday life through her Instagram account, which has 11K followers. She also has her YouTube channel and website. Tae was born and raised in North Carolina. Despite being wheelchair-bound, she has a prolific modeling career and has her pastry and cake company.
Nikki Albert goes by her social media moniker, the Brainless Blogger. She has been suffering from fibromyalgia and migraines. She has 12K Facebook followers. She regularly shares the pain she feels and what research she has read. She also shares her reviews on certain products she used to manage pain and migraine. She also manages other social media accounts and a website.
Chanel White is the Tube Fed Wife. She has 12.1K Instagram followers and 14K followers on Facebook. As a 19-year-old, she was diagnosed with scleroderma, systemic lupus, and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). She gave up teaching due to health issues and focused on blogging, leading support groups, being a patient advocate and public speaker. She blogs about the highs and lows in her life and how appreciative she is of life on a daily basis.
Marisa Zeppieri is the woman behind LupusChick. She has 16.9K followers on IG and 31K on Facebook. She lived her life suffering from various symptoms no one could explain. She fought to have normalcy in her life by being a writer and a wife. She started Lupus Chick in 2008 to give people a forum to share their stories about lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Through her advocacy, she has helped gained awareness about lupus and was able to gain partnerships to promote better health and nutrition for people with lupus and similar illnesses.
Lara Parker has 26k Instagram followers and 18.7K Twitter followers. She blogs about her life while suffering from chronic pain from vaginismus and vulvodynia. She also did a YouTube video for Buzzfeed explaining her health condition and journey. She was born and raised in Indianapolis but now lives and works in California for Buzzfeed.
Zoey Wright is a 24-year-old American woman suffering from ulcerative colitis. She decided not to be depressed about living with an ileostomy bag all her life and got into weight training. She blogs about her fitness training and her triumphs. She has 57.8K Instagram followers who get inspired by her journey and triumph over her health condition. She is now the brand ambassador of USN, a sports nutrition brand, and a bodybuilding international champion. She also has her own website and other social media accounts.