Hell's Bells and Mast Cells

Patient Leader

When you become allergic to chocolate, alcohol, and sunshine, you absolutely learn to cope through humor. Hell's Bells and Mast Cells is a blog and collection of memes raising awareness about chronic illness, disability, and mast cell disease. Sometimes my humor is as dry as my eyeballs after three Zyrtec. I also am diagnosed with EDS and POTS, but I don't want to come across as a show off.


Minneapolis, MN


Hilarious Patient Leader Best in Show: Blog

Keeya Steel makes such an excellent patient leader, and her blog is particularly excellent at sharing the realities of the relatively unknown Mast Cell Activation Syndrome with humor. She spreads awareness very effectively, helping fellow patients to feel less alone and others to start to grasp the difficulty of living with this illness.  — Carolyn

Keeya Steel's blog, Hell's Bells and Mast Cells, is a perfect example of taking a serious subject and making it hilarious while still spreading awareness about a rare disease. This helps patients with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome feel less alone and helps others to gain a better understanding of life with mast cell disease.  — Carolyn

Keeya has serious health problems that are very scary and very limiting. She is super smart and very funny so it is not surprising that her great weapons,in her fight for health, are education and humor. She has helped a huge community by sharing what she's learning and living through posts & memes that make us LOL even if tears are falling.  — brenda

I am nominating Keeya Steel’s blog, “Hells Bells and Mast Cells,” for this award because her blog saved my wife’s life. Thanks to HB&MC, my wife was able to get a correct diagnosis in less than 6 months from the severe onset of her symptoms and is now on the right path to treating and living with this chronic illness. Thank you, Keeya!  — Jocelyn

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