Chronic Eileen

Patient Leader

Eileen Davidson was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 29 and placed on Canada's #1 cause of long term disability in working age adults. A single mother to her son Jacob, then just 2 at the time of her diagnosis, she realized mother's can't take sick days so she decided to fight her invisible enemy, arthritis. She decided if she was going to be the sick girl, she might as well kick ass at it. In 2017 Eileen became an ambassador for The Arthritis Society and curated blog Chronic Eileen to better educate others about the devastating effects arthritis has on the 1 in 5 Canadians living with the most prevalent health care condition. Eileen was featured on Canadian morning show Breakfast Television to support the 2017 and 2019 Walk for Arthritis, which she served as a volunteer committee member and spoke at about her journey with arthritis. In 2018 Eileen was featured as one of The Arthritis Society's top volunteers. Since September 2018 Eileen sits on Arthritis Research Canada's arthritis patient advisory board, North America's largest arthritis research center. She has been active in ongoing research by some of the world renowned arthritis researchers and unique studies. Eileen currently writes for the seasonal Arthritis Research Canada newsletter. Together with ARC she shares the mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research, engagement and creating a future where people living with arthritis are empowered to triumph over pain and disability. Her work has been published on many health websites and various publications such as Reader's Digest, Inked Magazine, Chatelaine, Daily Mail UK . The Georgia Straight, and more. Healthline and Everyday Health have recognized her blog as one of the best arthritis blogs to follow. Eileen is an active writer for Creaky Joints. Eileen has run the largest Rheumatoid Arthritis Support page on facebook since 2017.

Location

Burnaby Bc, 02

Finalist

Rookie of The Year

I am nominating myself because of the lemons that 2017 has given me. Single motherhood, disease, theft, depression. I decided to become an advocate for The Arthritis Society and a blogger this year. I want to get my story out to help others suffering and add a fresh new twist. I want to know that I am working towards a cure for Arthritis.  — Eileen

It's a new blog that I follow. It echoes my own Mother's struggle with the disease throughout her life. So far I am lucky and have had no symptoms. I find this blog to be very informative, and is a worthy nominee.  — David

This website is most informative. It helps me come to terms with my Mother's battle with the disease - of which I am currently clear of - and helps propagate knowledge to those needing to know in a clear manner. Support for this site would be most welcome.  — David

I’m nominating Eileen because I’ve had the pleasure meeting her and she is a powerful And passionate advocate for her cause. She inspires many, not just in her cause but many others. So glad to have met her and watch her empower others.

I had the pleasure of meeting Eileen this year and she is truly passionate about her advocacy work. She works diligently and mission oriented. She inspires all who are around her and I believe deserves this award very much.  — Tiffany

She's fighting hard despite battling painful autoimmune diseases and being a single mother to bring awareness to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibro , Osteo arthritis and mental health. She's a phenomenal writer/blogger for the cause. The arthritis world is lucky to have such a wonderful women fighting for us all.  — Carrie

Eileen does an amazing job with sharing her writings, advocacy, and information on the several diagnoses she fights every day. Her voice is powerful as an advocate/ patient.  — Jason

Eileen is an amazing advocate/ patient. Her Facebook page is a wonderful resource. Her writings are something most people who suffer a chronic illness can relate to. She is very passionate about educating herself and others on many different topics we face daily.  — Jason

Eileen not only writes amazing articles but she lives them

She is a mother and while experiencing so many chronic conditions and caring for her child still find time to help others with her blog and advocacy. She is an inspiration with her work and her blog is so helpful for someone with these conditions or to help family member understand how we feel. She is very knowledgeable..  — Lyne

Eileen had a life changing event when she was diagnosed with RD. She did not let it destroy her life but chose to "kick ass at it." She tells it like it is, holds nothing back, and does her research. Her leadership has me considering advocacy myself. Eileen writes, walks, and raises $. She takes the time to share and listen on a one on one basis.  — Alethea

Eileen David advocates for RD and other chronic diseases around the world!! She has definately sparked an advocacy interest in me. She goes above and beyond in her work, raising $ for the Society, and through her great writing. She will speak with you one on one. A true leader takes the time out of a painful busy life to do this!! She is my hero.  — Alethea

Eileen advocates all over the world through Facebook,, Twitter, The WWW, and more. She dedicates her time and energy helping others through her writing, walks for the Arthritis Society, and any other avenue she can find. She will talk to you, one on one, in my opinion, this is a sign of a true leader. She never gives up, she is my hero!  — Alethea

Eileen works her butt off every day writing articles that spread awareness to life with a chronic illness

Eileen is active on all social media, dedicating her time to raising her son and raising awareness for chronic illness. She has planted the seed in me to become an advocate. She takes time to talk to us one on one, a sign of a true leader. She had me when she stated, "If I'm going to be the sick girl, I might as well kick ass at it."  — Alethea

I enjoy reading Eileen's blog. It's concise and to the point and gives lots of useful advice  — Kritter

Eileen is someone who won't let her diagnosis stop her in her tracks . She is an advocate that is doing some amazing work as an Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. Despite the adversity that she is facing she is determined to help others and live a crazy good life.  — Ross

Eileen has done so much to learn about her disease and how she can affect change not only for herself, but for others. She is a fierce advocate and a "leave no stone unturned" kind of person, who makes a difference every day in the lives of people who read her story. She shares so much as a way to help others and inspires all around her. #respect

Congratulations on reaching your one year anniversary of blogging! :)  — Effie

I am nominating Eileen as a Patient Leader Hero. The advocacy work she does brings much-needed awareness and education. Her style is bold, honest and relatable. I admire how she takes on her challenges with an edgy, almost superhero persona. This woman brings a voice that deserves to be celebrated.

Eileen Davidson, 'Chronic Eileen' shows up and represents herself and her advocacy so well on Instagram. There is honesty in what she posts as well as beauty and strength. Having someone to represent and advocate for invisible illness the way that she does is refreshing, inspiring. I am so proud of her work.  — Sandra

Great encouraging and inspiring articles from a fighter / mother.

Chronic Eileen has a way of describing the challenges of being a chronically ill single mother with a hilarious twist but still remains professional with her advocacy and support to those with chronic illness.  — Emily

Eileen Davidson aka Chronic Eileen has great artcles about the daily struggles she faces living with invisible illnesses. A young single mom who can relate to audiences of all ages about rheumatoid arthritis, OA, fatigue and more. Everyone needs a connection with Chronic Eileen . Everyone needs to share in her journey.  — Alethea

truly aspiring :) she speaks from her heart and tells it like it is , honest  — Marilee

Great inspiring and encouraging articles from a true fighter !!!!  — Nikos

Eileen is a true fighter and she is trying to inspire people in every possible way !  — Nikos

Eileen is an honest, straight forward RA Advocate, sharing her truth and instilling hope through her blog, helping people with RA feel validated, understood and supported. She truly is a beacon of light for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Community  — Kristal

When I discovered Eileen's blog, I was drawn in by the conversational way she talks about arthritis. I don't even have arthritis and her blog posts are incredibly interesting. If I ever develop arthritis, which my doctor says is likely, I know where I'll turn for info and support. (Also, her website layout and blog photos are simply STUNNING)!  — Jenna

Eileen made a bold statement, " if I'm going to be the sick girl, I may as well kick ass at it," and she has. Eileen has done so much in a short time, being featured in Inked magazine, Readers digest, TV appearances, Walk for arthritis, .. Since I have to fight this journey of RA, I'm thankful to have Eileen as a fierce leader . She is unstoppable.  — Alethea

Eileen is exactly that. a HERO. An inspiration to many in the advocacy community in all that she does and has done. She continues to set out to make a monumental impact for those living with the condition that she herself contends with and she does it with optimism which is truly motivating.  — Tiffany

Eileen has a spunky personality and a great sense of humor, which brings a unique perspective to arthritis and the information she relays to others. She is transparent and real in her experiences, making her a trustworthy leader in her community.  — Marisa

Eileen is an awesome, straightforward and honest advocate for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Community! Her blogs not only speak from the heart but showcase the trials and triumphs while living with RA! Eileen is a true inspiration and Hero for her community!  — Kristal

Eileen is a bold, passionate advocate for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Community! She advocates from the heart and shares her experiences with RA via her blog, Chronic Eileen. I'm thankful I got to know her better at this year's HealtheVoices conference.  — Mike

I suffer from RA, and I feel that Eileen is the best advocate for clients like myself who need a voice. Her posts are always relevant and relatable to my life.  — Lauren

she has put a voice to what most of those suffering from arthritis keep silent about ,because for the most part people just think it is all in your head unless they can see some kind of deformity in your appearance also she shears what every day life is like for any one who has an unseen illness and what they go through ,i've learned so much-ty  — philip

Chronic Eileen

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