Lizzy - The Pillow Fort

Patient Leader

The Pillow Fort - making chronic illness suck less! An online shop, digital magazine, community and blog for positive, youngish people who just happen to have chronic illness. The Pillow Fighters Club is a new type of chronic illness community, with just one rule: Positivity Only. The Pillow Fort Magazine is the only magazine for & by young people with chronic illness. The Pillow Fort shop sells cute, but practical things to make life with chronic illness a bit more fun. Having had CFS/ME and fibromyalgia, with a side of depression, since I was 16, I've learnt to thrive with chronic illness. I genuinely believe that with a bit of positivity, life can be so much better.

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Facebook Health Activist Hero Rookie of the Year Patient Leader Hero

The Pillow Fort delivers on its tag line, "Making Chronic Illness Suck Less!" It provides an upbeat informative community for young people who are facing chronic illness. It provides a blog, a shop, a Facebook community and a beautifully graphic designed magazine full of the thoughts of its members.  — AshleyJane

Lizzy is such an inspirational young woman. I met her when she was at her worst with severe CFS/ME/Fybromyalgia. She has learnt and grown so much, shared her incites and positiveness to other young people through The Pillow Fort magazine for young people with chronic illness to enable them to live their lives as fully as they can.  — Reginald

For providing a group for those of us under 30 who have chronic health issues that is so positive and friendly. For providing somewhere to share our small triumphs with great joy. For providing a non judgemental space.  — Clare

Lizzy and her Pillow Fort have been amazing at motivating me to learn more about how my chronic illnesses make me feel, and how important it is for me to look after myself and put my health first. It's fantastic!

In just a year (or less??), Elizabeth has created an incredible website and community out of thin air. I'm not sure how to summarize how wonderful this community is, but I know it's been huge for lots of young people with chronic illnesses.  — Diane

Whether it be through the website, blog, shop, brilliant online magazine or the Pillow Fighters Club (Facebook group), the vast chronic illness community Lizzy has built is always encouraging and supportive, promoting positivity over pessimism at this difficult period in young people's lives. Encompassing all illnesses, it really is one of a kind.  — Elina

Lizzy has worked tirelessly through her own illnesses to make a welcoming online community for young, positive people. She provides a shop, a magazine, a facebook group, a blog, and manages her business, to make chronic illness seem less insurmountable and to help young people find their feet. She's wonderful!  — Emily Wheeler

Lizzy and The Pillow Fort provide such an amazing and unique outlook on life for young people with chronic illnesses.  — leanne

The pillow fort is a great source of encouragement for me, offering friend, advice and support with my chronic conditions.  — Ludovic

The Pillow Fort is a fantastic community that has blossomed over the last year. It is a positive force within the chronic illness community and regardless of diagnoses it always makes you feel that you are anything but alone through the chronic illness journey. The magazine has been a pleasure to have contributed to and continues to help others.  — Rhiann

Lizzy - The Pillow Fort

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