MarlaJan- Luck Fupus

Patient Leader

Location

Marlton, NJ

Finalist

Hilarious Health Activist Hilarious Patient Leader

Winner

Hilarious Health Activist

In 32 years, MJ has had 4 heart surgeries (3 open-heart) for a congenital heart defect, and at 26 was diagnosed with systemic lupus, later diagnosed with cervical cancer, Behçet's disease, ITP, and an array of other autoimmune diseases. Complications from lupus have forced her to leave her career as a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse. Some would throw in the towel, but MJ's candor, positivity and humor is enough to turn anyone's from upside down. She's been dealt tough cards, and she handles it with grace, gusto, and humor. I never cease to be inspired, and she raises awareness for a multitude of diseases, while still allowing any reader to smile and laugh hysterically. I think she missed her calling as a stand-up comic.  — MJ

Marla ALWAYS has a smile on her face, no matter what is thrown her way. We can all learn a lot from her.  — Steve

She always has a reason to smile. Cancer, lupus, heart disease- MJ finds the light in all of it, and manages to make everyone around her joke and laugh. It's infectious. As a nurse, she was the one doing silly dances & telling dumb jokes to make her patients happy. Her humor is what makes everyone love her.  — Megan

MJ is my hero!  — Erin

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

She's a patient who's gone through it all and done such a remarkable job capturing it while being a nurse, mom, speaker, writer and advocate. I admire her and her work!  — Eileen

Marla is simply remarkable. Fighting numerous serious and chronic health issues from birth, she has selflessly used her experiences to help and encourage others. First she went into nursing (at the same hospital where she received treatment as a child). Then she put her knowledge and experience to use via patient advocacy and education.  — Jill

MarlaJan has been a patient her whole life. Her professional life is that of a nurse and patient advocate. Her life has been devoted to advocacy and care. She is an inspiration  — kelly

MarlaJan- Luck Fupus

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