Anna has been living with type 1 diabetes since August 1993. As CEO of DiabetesSisters, she is dedicated to improving the lives of women living with diabetes through peer support and education, via online and in-person programming. With over 440,000 annual visitors to www.diabetessisters.org, Anna organizes an array of online services including personal blogs, expert articles, and a webinar series. In-person, she oversees patient-led support meetups and national conferences for women living with diabetes. She serves on various patient-focused panels, speaks on behalf of women living with diabetes, and is featured in an assortment of health-related magazines and books. Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Education at Florida International University. She currently resides in the Chicago-area with her family.
Julie is an American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certified Holistic Health Coach, patient empowerer, yoga instructor, speaker and health activist blogger thriving with psoriatic arthritis and avascular necrosis of the femur and has battled melanoma, complex regional pain syndrome, depression and anxiety. Using her personal mantra "It's just a bad day, not a bad life", she started itsjustabadday.com, which was named one of the top 5 psoriatic arthritis blogs by EveryDay Health and top 7 psoriasis blogs by HealthLine.
Brooke is a single mother living with ulcerative colitis, a j-pouch and severe arthritis. She uses her blog, The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles, as a way to bring all moms from across the world together to share, laugh, cry, vent and learn without judgment. She previously worked in entertainment in LA and is now a dedicated advocate and work at home mom. She travels the country, with her son, to spread awareness and knowledge of life with a chronic illness.
John is the founder & CEO of PsychCentral.com, a mental health and human behavior/technology expert, co-author of Self-Help That Works, author of The Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources Online, and is a published researcher. He sits on the scientific board of the journal, Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and current treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Since 1995, he has overseen PsychCentral.com, the world's leading mental health site offering information, resources, and over 200 support groups to over 7 million people each month.
Todd is a 10 year survivor of stage IV prostate cancer living in the tiny community of Silverlake, Washington with the love of his life. He is the proud father of 4 adult children, and grandfather to 6. Todd started in advocacy to share the message of hope through blogging, online communities, and public speaking because life is about quality rather than quantity. People walk through life without truly experiencing what it means to live and he was one of those people, but cancer changed that. Though it may shorten his life, cancer showed him he was taking life for granted. It put everything into perspective and gave him a second chance. His blog is about living with cancer, but the focus is not on cancer but on living. Cancer will always be part of the story but will never be the focus.
Dave is the founder of www.ActiveMSers.org, a website designed to help, motivate and inspire those with multiple sclerosis to stay as active as possible—physically, intellectually and socially—regardless of physical limitations. Established when he was diagnosed in 2006, ActiveMSers has helped hundreds of thousands worldwide affected by MS and other disabilities. An Albuquerque, NM, resident and longtime professional writer, Dave's efforts have been championed by The New York Times, promoted in the Wall Street Journal, and highlighted in many other publications. Armed with attitude, forearm crutches and a wheelchair, Dave continues to travel the world with his wife of 24 years, Laura.
Kamaria, a woman living with HIV since 2003, serves to eliminate stigma through social media and captivating campaigns to be effective in efforts as an international HIV advocate. Her most recent focus has been working on modernizing HIV criminalization laws in Florida with The Sero Project, educating the community on the benefits of treatment adherence eliminating stigma with the Prevention Access Campaign, as well as women and girl's empowerment with the Positive Women's Network-USA. In Kamaria's free time, she is counting down the days to Will Smith's newest film or event, sleeping or taking on a new Pinterest activity with her husband, 13 year old daughter and Labrottie Annie.
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