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 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 almost all major health websites, Reader's Digest, Inked Magazine, Chatelaine, Daily Mail UK 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

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Blog

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

Past Awards Participation

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Finalist

Rookie of The Year

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Chronic Eileen

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