Rookie of The Year Nominees

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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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Fibromyalgia Care Society of America, Inc.

Founded in 2015, the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America (FCSA) is devoted to revolutionizing how fibromyalgia…

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As an advocate chronicling my experiences with the chronic pain/symptoms of Fibromyalgia, I work tirelessly…

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Dave Head

“I am a humorous, courageous, honest man who encourages, supports & loves others by being vulnerable…

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Chronic Eileen

Eileen Davidson is an ambassador for The Arthritis Society (Canada), advocate for chronic illness and…

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Ashley has served PCOS and chronic illness communities for over 18 years. She actively participates with…

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I am a married mother of 3 who has been battling MS since 12/13/2007. Living with MS has changed my…

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Becki Mc Guinness - Coping with the Big C

I'm 29 & live in London. Even though I'm in 7 years in part remission from Osteosarcoma, I called my…

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Debbie @

I am a optometric tech -patient leader ,blogger,author, founder of fb group Avascular Necrosis/Osteonecrosis…

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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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Rachel Pegler

The truth is I never intended to be here, I've rather landed up in this world with a bump. After caring…

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Natalie Hayden

Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden, 34, is a former TV news anchor with Crohn's living in St. Louis. Her mission…

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Michelle Morales -LivingExtra-Ordinary

My name is Michelle Morales. I am a wife and mom to 2 daughter and 1 dog. I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia…

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Ashley D Loomis

I have had crohns since 4+1/2 I'm 65 now.I have been active for many years helping others. I have 3…

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Chronically Chic

My name is Maria Pitsoulakis and I am the founder of Chronically Chic (blog and Instagram). Chronically…

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Carlene Harrison

A Lupus and Raynaud's patient with academic training in the physical (biochemistry, human genetics) and…

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Lacy Fowler

My mission is advocaing & supporting the original health code of ethics spoken/unspoken for moral & ethical…

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Graduate-trained philosopher speaking, blogging, advocating, and living with brain cancer (glioblastoma…

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Andrew Belliveau

I started the Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge in hopes of spreading awareness & finding a cure for Gastroparesis,…

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I'm a Registered Nurse turned full time patient. Advocacy has become my passion. Working in healthcare…

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Shawntel Bethea

My name is Shawntel Bethea. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 17 years-old. Now at 25, I live…

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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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Mary Pettigrew

I'm an eclectic, creative gal from Texas. I'm a passionate writer, blogger, & a website SEO partner…

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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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Marcus is a father, encourager, Care Counselor for the Rock Church in San Diego. He was awarded the 2016…

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

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Paging Doctor Patient

Hi everyone! I am a first year medical student living and thriving with a chronic brain disorder called…

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Little Boxes of Sunshine

Little Boxes of Sunshine is a organization that sends craft boxes to children and teens (ages 0-18) who…

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

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Jenni Pettican

Hey guys, I'm Jenni and I'm a weekly vlogger, blogger and advocate for EDS and its associated conditions.…

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