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I have CMT and I feel beautiful

I have CMT and I feel beautiful

I was diagnosed with CMT and scoliosis when I was 16, I’m now 52. When I was first diagnosed my doctors told me that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 21. I decided right then and there that was not going to be the case. Spoiler alert: I am still...

Tearable but not rippable

Tearable but not rippable

I was diagnosed with 'Crohn's Disease with Crohn's Colitis', a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on September 1, 2013. I was 20 and about to begin the final year of my undergraduate degree. I recovered within months, and all was well again. It was my relapse...

From champion show dog to service dog

From champion show dog to service dog

I am Hannah’s second service dog. After her first service dog retired, Hannah knew it was time to find her a next pup to help her manage her multiple disabilities/chronic illnesses. After being matched with a pup that didn’t work out, Hannah was heartbroken. But then...

Warrior Owned Businesses

Warrior Owned Businesses

Living with a chronic illness or a rare disease is TOUGH. Running a business is TOUGH. Doing both... well that takes WARRIOR strength! That's why we're excited to feature these Warrior-Owned businesses. Take a look, cheer them one, and support the ones you can! Thank...

When life gives you LEMS, make LEMonade!

When life gives you LEMS, make LEMonade!

Hi all! My name is Ashley Gregory. I am a 30 year old who lives in Virginia! My mom passed away from breast cancer when I was 15 after a several year long battle. So I decided to dedicate my life to helping others and graduated nursing school in 2014. After that, I...

It takes one

It takes one

I have had migraines since I was 6 after a concussion. Af the age of 19 I started having right sided tremors, weakness and daily migrines. As time went on everthing got worse I started to pass out, blood pressure low and heart rate high. Ever time I ate I would thorw...

XLH weakens my bones, but not my will!

XLH weakens my bones, but not my will!

I was born with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH), it is a rare genetic disorder that affects about one in 25,000 people. I am one of them. I have a low level of phosphorus in the blood (Hypophosphatemia). This causes a wide range of symptoms and disorders that affect...

Hope is Hard but Support is Key

Hope is Hard but Support is Key

I started experiencing headaches and body pain at 12. They quickly became chronic and followed by migraines. By 14, the fibromyalgia (FM) and exhaustion were full-blown. I'd mentioned the headaches and pains a time or two to my doctor but 20 years ago, FM wasn't...

We’re nominated for three WEGO Awards!

We’re nominated for three WEGO Awards!

We're honored to share that the Chronic Warrior Collective and the Chronic Warrior Society have been nominated for three WEGO Health Awards! We'd be extra-honored if you'd take a moment to endorse (vote for) us! All it takes is a couple of clicks. You can ENDORSE the...

Suddenly it Matters

Suddenly it Matters

I've always known I've had hydrocephalus. It's sort of like that big brother's in the room but you never talk about it. It's just there. Never in my life did I imagine that in my teens it would cement itself on center stage & not only demand to be recognized but...

My journey

My journey

When I was 10 I started having chronic back and neck pain for which I still don't have a diagnosis. I have gone to countless specialists but no one has diagnosed me yet. When I was 13 and 14 I had to go to the psychologist because of the pain and other issues and it...

Rescued

Rescued

Wallys story begins in 2012 when his mother( pregnant with him and 8 of his siblings ) and father were rescued from a puppy mill. They were set to be put to sleep but a rescue stepped in and saved them. Every since I met Wally I knew he was special. He not only loves...

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