IlanaJacqueline

Patient Leader

Ilana Jacqueline is a
 best-selling author, marketing consultant and professional patient advocate based out of Boca Raton, Florida. She is the voice behind the award-winning blog,
 Let’s Feel Better and the self-help book Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness. She served as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Teen Online, managing the entirely telecommuting staff of 80 writers. She ran her own public relations company, About Time PR from 2010-2016 helping small businesses, TV personalities and athletes to jumpstart their careers with mainstream media mentions. As a rare and chronic disease patient and advocate she served as the Managing
 Editor for Global Gene’s The RARE Daily for 
five years. She groomed, motivated, and managed a large team of bloggers and wrote in-depth features and interviews. She then became the Manager of Patient Advocacy at FDNA. During her time there, she developed the Genomics Collaborative program, which provided a way for patients, advocacy groups, doctors, researchers, labs and other biotechnology companies to utilize the company’s unique technology to further disease understanding. She currently sits on the boards of the Health Advocacy Summit, RUN (Rare and Undiagnosed Network) and IDA (Invisible Disabilities Association) to help continue her mission to generate awareness and support for those with chronic invisible diseases. She has a regular column in the health magazine IG Living and has a long history of freelance writing. Some publications she has worked with include The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, CrowdMed, AOL, xoJane, xoVain, Everyday Health, WEGO Health, Patient Worthy, MultipleSclerosis.net, Mashable, PharmaPhorum.com, The Boca Raton Observer, Boca Raton Magazine, Boca Delray Life, The Palm Beach Post, The Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, Palm Beach Illustrated, The Happy Herald, Materniteens, and Lemondrop. Ilana speaks at medical, patient, and pharmaceutical conferences as well as consults with companies on how the patient voice can improve the design of healthcare. She is always looking for her next big adventure.

Location

Boca Raton, FL

Nominations

Hilarious Patient Leader

Ilana's instagram stories are relatable, heartfelt, and simultaneously hilarious. As of late, she's been a go-to influencer for brands that claim to help patients with chronic pain/fatigue/and more. Her reviews of their products are honest and helpful. But if its crap, she shows no mercy. She's consistently been helpful to patients and caregiver.  — Sammy

Past Awards Participation

Second Annual Health Activist Awards

Finalist

Best Kept Secret

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Hilarious Patient Leader

Finalist

Patient Leader Hero

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Hilarious Health Activist

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Hilarious Health Activist
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