Best Kept Secret Nominees

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Roberta Carson

I started the non-profit Zaggo to help patients & family caregivers manage illnesses and injuries, after…

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Erin, InsideOut Ostomy Life

I was diagnosed with UC in 2006 and lost my large colon in 2007, Twelve surgeries and three years later…

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City Girl Flare

My name is Lori-Ann. I am married, work in Manhattan, and live nearby in Jersey City. I was diagnosed…

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Mitch Sturgeon

Before my diagnosis I was living the dream. I enjoyed a variety of physical activities such as golf,…

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Stephanie Aleite

I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in 1996, when I was five years old. My blog, The Young…

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Following a spinal injury 6 years ago, I, a professional speaker, slowly lost the ability to speak &…

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I try not to focus solely on my disability, because I don't think that it's the most important aspect…

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Nichole Klute Rushton

I want to bring adrenal diseases and patient's struggles to the forefront of medical awareness to improve…

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Crohns - Leaving The Seat Down

Hi, I'm Vern, I'm from Canada and I have been living with Crohn's Disease for 30 years now, which means…

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Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) survivor and advocate. Co-founder of SCAD Alliance, a non…

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Tom Kindlon

I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.)* since February 1989, when I was just 16. I wasn't diagnosed…

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Kelly Wahle

For many years I wrote for my blog, Fly With Hope, mainly on my journey with disabling daily chronic…

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Gail Trauco

Gail Trauco has made it her life’s mission to help others. Whether it’s through grief mediation, hypnotherapy,…

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Ali Shapiro, MS, CHHC

A client once described me as the Swiss Army knife of wellness because I'm like having the tools of a…

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I started after losing my 47 year old husband to cancer to help others avoid the same…

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I am a patient living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia & Thyroid disease. I am also a cofounder…

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FibroColors is an Advocate for Fibromyalgia Awareness. We are a Fibromyalgia Community with over 72,…

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Hi! I’m Elyse Wagner, your Kitchen Shrink. I began my journey to health at the age of 13. Since than,…

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Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP

Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP, is an author, blogger, and healthy living advocate. She is the President and…

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Mike Veny

My name is Mike Veny and I am the founder of Transforming Stigma™. As a person who struggles with mental…

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Ash Mackinnon

Helping to get State of the Art Cyberknife cancer care to Australia

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Rebecca Gibson

I became inspired to advocate for women's health after my battles with endometriosis and adenomyosis.…

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Richard Harris - Gutless Dick

My name is Richard I'm 35 and have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis since 2005. I've had 3 ileostomies,…

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Talya Feeling Ostomistic

I started my blog early 2013 when I was 21, after learning I had early stages of bowel cancer and required…

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I am an International Pain Foundation Delegate. I have been volunteering for the past 10 years with Power…

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Amy Oestreicher

I'm an artist, performer, musician, creator, & life-lover embracing uncertainty after a sudden blood…

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Trisha Bundy

In 2013, I became chronically ill, losing the ability to eat without severe pain, nausea, and vomiting.…

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The Sierra Rayn Foundation

I am the Founder of The Sierra Rayn Foundation, which was founded in 2011 in memory of my daughter, Sierra…

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Shane Schulz

Hello, I am Shane Schulz thanks for visiting here. I have been a mental health advocate since 2012 when…

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My journey started in 1989 with overwhelming fatigue and horrendous stomach pain. At just 25 years old…

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