Patient Leader

Denise Archilla, MSW and Certified Adolescent Life Coach, is the founder of Chronic Connection, LLC, a multi-faceted program aimed at empowering teens, young adults, and their families to live productive, successful lives despite chronic illness. We provide individual, group, and family coaching as well as virtual events, card swaps, and a platform for guest blogs and vlogs. Our most recent program is Ask A Spoonie, which airs on our you tube channel each week and features our amazing Advisory Board. Additionally, our mission includes educating the "well" community along with medical professionals to help them understand the "patient's" perspective.


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Denise has changed my life. With Chronic Connection she makes it easy to connect with other young spoonies. I gained confidence because of her. She inspires me every day to help other people with a chronic illness. She is the most kind and helpful person I know.  — Kirsten

They are a great group of people who love to help others. They care for one another answer questions and always try to lift eachother up! They a great support and are always finding ways to help those who are sick become closer and interact. They are nice enough to invite anyone into their family!  — Katye


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