MarlaJan- Luck Fupus

Patient Leader

I drew the short straw in the family gene pool- but I ain't mad about it. I was born w/ a heart defect & had 4 open-heart surgeries by age 6. In '08 I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus (and overlapping autoimmune diseases), cervical cancer in '10, infertility, and in '14 a lump was found in my left breast & I had a double mastectomy. Every part of my body has a corresponding awareness ribbon. Instead of hiding under the covers, I started my blog, Luck Fupus. I discovered I was reaching others & raising awareness. These days I travel the country sharing my crazy story to advocate for those who can't, using sarcasm & humor to help and inspire, striving to make a difference in healthcare!


Marlton, NJ


Best in Show: Blog Hilarious Patient Leader

She's sassy, energetic, & has me laughing many times a day whether on FB, Twitter, or her Website. Marla exhibits resilience in a way I never expected to "see" or "find" it. She is the kind of friend everyone w/ chronic illness should have. I love this warrior with my whole heart and am honored to say "I KNOW HER!" (I have a selfie to prove it!) ;)  — Kenzie

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Hilarious Health Activist

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards


Health Activist Hero


Hilarious Health Activist

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Patient Leader Hero
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