Pajama Daze

Patient Leader

My name is Cameron "Cam" Auxer, aka Pajama Daze. I've been a Spoonie in one way or another my entire life. I developed asthma and allergies shortly after birth, arthritis in my young adulthood, and continual mild subluxations, among other things. Beginning in 2005, I had a run of bad luck, having 3 mild heart attacks over 8 days in 2005, which marked the start of a 10 year bout of chronic fatigue syndrome, another attack in 2008, and a new diagnosis of a rare disease, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, in 2012. It felt like my whole world had bottomed out, and I had a hard time seeing a future for myself. It was then that I started to connect with others on a chronic illness website, and the inspiration and good advice that they offered helped lift me up to the world of new possibilities. That's when I decided to create pajamadaze.com to give back to the chronic illness community that gave so much to me, and to help inspire others who felt stuck as I had. I started out blogging by myself, but eventually invited others to submit guest blogs, photos of creative endeavors, books for review, and other material, and as a result, Pajama Daze grew and blossomed. I began promoting the website and shared other helpful information through social media, and before I knew it, I had nearly 12,000 followers on Twitter and over 800 on Facebook. I also created an online magazine through Flipboard. Pajama Daze became a "thing"! In 2015, I realized that all of these folks who shared their stories on my website were treasure chests of knowledge and inspiration. I proposed a book compiling the personal stories and collective wisdom of 31 other Spoonies. After 3 years of literal blood, sweat and tears, illnesses, upheavals, and other challenges amongst the group and myself, including the suicide of my sister due to being refused pain medication, I published When Bodies Break: How We Survive with Illness and Disability in December 2018. All royalties are being donated to the Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle for their cutting edge research into autoimmune disease. The book can be found on Amazon in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and other countries, and reviews have been very positive! I am in treatment for breast cancer until mid-July, and once I start getting my energy back I will be working on promoting the book more heavily and improving the Pajama Daze website.

Location

Peterborough, NH

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Twitter

Cuz she's ALWAYS there 4 NE1 when they need NETHING!!!!! Plus despite ALL of HER medical issues she's ALWAYS cheerful n kind  — Courtney

Uplifting ,accurate and helpful, this woman is consistently an advocate for our "spoon" community . Published When Bodies Break : How We Survive with Illness and disability - which I am going to order now as I meant too since December  — Ann B

She is an amazing role model! Love her so much!  — Billie Jo

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

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Best in Show: Twitter Best in Show: Blog

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards

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Best in Show: Twitter

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

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Best in Show: Twitter

2018 WEGO Health Awards

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