Rookie of the Year Nominees

Samantha Smith

My hope is to bring awareness to rare diseases, and how I've learned to live with them! I want my story…

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Chronic Eileen

Eileen Davidson is an ambassador for The Arthritis Society, Patient Advisory Board Member for Arthritis…

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Aintnoshameinchronicpain

I am a chronic pain/illness warrior who currently has multiple diagnosis and is also working on trying…

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Effie Koliopoulos

Hi! I’m a writer, blogger, YouTuber and awareness-raising advocate. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid…

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Rick Davis

Since my own T3 prostate cancer diagnosis in 2007, I am committed to helping others forge an easier path.…

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Moniqua Demetrious: Beautifully Made- Inside & Out

I was diagnosed with UC in 2010. It was a year after my father died, it was 2 huge life changin events.…

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Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI)

MANI is a registered non-profit organisation (CAC/IT/83725), focused on breaking the silence and alleviating…

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Jamie Teachey-Pyle

I wrote and delivered my college commencement address. Little did I know that I would be telling people…

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Beth Francis and Andy Clark - 100 Days of Vitamin Sea

After Beth was diagnosed with chronic migraine, she and partner Andy set a challenge “100 Days of Vitamin…

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Sita Gaia

Hi! I am Sita and I have been an advocate for Epilepsy ever since 2012. I felt very lonely when my seizures…

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Debbie @ ChronicallyGratefulDebla.com

I am a retired Optometric tech thanks to many skeletal issues -I am patient leader ,blogger,author, founder…

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Michelle Del Bosque

Hello My Name is Michelle,married and mother of 2. I suffer from Chronic Pain and Fibromylagia and have…

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Rocking2stomas

Hi, I'm Rachel and I am 31 years old and have been ill for 10 years with a rare condition called Pure…

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Sarah

I've spent the past year working closely with Adrenal Diseases Support Group on Facebook, and through…

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Gabriella Brusatto

Hello, my name is Gabriella. I was diagnosed with epilepsy of both Tonic Clonic and Absence seizures…

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Ginny Silvestro

Ginny has been an active advocate for women with both Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Anxiety…

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Marcia Aulebach (Mlee Parkinsons Group Centeral VA)

“Marcia created her own support group is an opportunity to talk to other like myself living with PD…

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Greg Merritt @patientispard

Just a (GP) Grateful Patient living a second life with meaning and purpose by helping to authentically…

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Kristin "mini2z"

Hi, I'm Kristin and I go by mini2z (two-zee) online. I'm new to advocacy but I'm advocating for Lupus,…

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Ashley Morgan

I created a instagram account to raise awarness for chronic illness, and childhood cancer! I also make…

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Carly Lloyd/chronicarly

In 2015 I started having tachycardia after taking a new migraine medicine, even after stopping the medicine,…

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Cheryl

I am a mom who is interested in the mind and its effects on the body and spirit. I have personally experienced…

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Adriana Ford (the Breast Cancer Art Project)

I'm the founder of the Breast Cancer Art Project, an online platform for those affected by breast cancer…

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Alexandria Washington

A servant-leader, an advocate, a change-maker, these are my callings in life. My toughest yet most rewarding…

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Marianne Drexler

Hi, I'm a maternal near-miss survivor. After nearly dying giving birth to my second daughter I had a…

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Beth Morton, PhD

Soon after completing my PhD, chronic, daily migraine attacks sidelined me from my career in education…

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Fighting for Freedom-Desiree Schwartz

I’ve always believed that one person can spark a change but wasn’t ever sure how it could create an impact.…

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Saaim Ali

Being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 7 had cause me to grow up and be more conscious of my mental…

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