Rookie of the Year Nominees

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Barby Ingle

Barby is an advocate for 150 Chronic Pain Diseases | President, International Pain Foundation | Best…

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Amanda Siebe, #PatientsNotAddicts, Disabled Americans for Change

Amanda is the founder and CEO of Disabled Americans for Change (NPO and 501c3) which is the largest grassroots…

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Ronny Allan

I was diagnosed with incurable Metastatic Neuroendocrine Cancer in July 2010 after presenting with weight…

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Summer Scirocco

In 2013, I was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Since then I have joined a number of…

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Puja Rios

Puja is a founder, chairwoman, consultant, mentor and director of sales, as well as executive board member…

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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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The Headache Heroine

Hi everyone! I have had headache disorders for over 10 years. My chronic daily headaches & episodic migraines…

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Ten years ago I was diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). A rare chronic pain disease…

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Clara Lemarr

I am the founder of the Clara Lemarr Foundation. I was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder-Ehlers…

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Lindsey Hays

Anyone with a chronic illness, or loved ones of those with one, know that it somehow finds a way into…

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Molly Schreiber | And Then You're at Jax

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 28 years ago and Rheumatoid Arthritis 5 years ago. I grew up familiar…

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Tom Seaman

For 15 years I have lived with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. Being involved in support…

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Spoonie Strong

Hi my name is Sarah Grace and I am 16 years old. I have been diagnosed with many different illnesses.…

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Sarah Rae

Just a girl living the sick life, reinventing the way things are done, reaching heights most don't. Writer…

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Rebecca Lombardo

At 19 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I've battled mental illness on many levels most of my life.…

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Melissa Compton

I am Melissa Compton and I am an adult living with epilepsy. I founded My Purple Friends Epilepsy Awareness…

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Abby | Can I get a refund for my GI tract? It's defective.

I'm 19 & was undiagnosed since age 11. This past year at 18, I finally got my GI diagnoses. I have Gastroparesis,…

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Simone Gully

ALSIGE Foundation was created in the memory and honor of the Founder’s mother whom she lost to Breast…

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My name is Chrissy and I've been suffering with severe Crohn's disease for 12 years. I'm a health activist…

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Debbie @

I am an advocate,blogger,author, founder of fb group Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis Support Int'l and…

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Deborah Davis

Having Dystonia I knew how it seems that no one understands. And without a Support Group near me it…

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COPD Challenger

My name is John Cummings. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was twelve: however, I was able to have…

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IBDrelief aims to help people living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) improve their quality of life.…

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Stoma in a teacup

Hi I'm Shell aka Stoma in a teacup. I'm 33 & suffered active UC for 10 years. I had my colon & rectum…

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Anne Doussan

Anne is the author of 29 going on 92, a blog dedicated to living the best life possible in spite of having…

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