A chronic illness diagnosis can feel scary, but these women have proven it doesn’t have to stop you from doing amazing things.
Chronic illnesses are a serious issue for millions worldwide. And for many women who suffer, this can mean going to great lengths to conceal the devastating and sometimes embarrassing symptoms that accompany their disease. Thankfully, in a time of increasing acceptance for women of all sorts in the media, the silence is finally being broken on chronic illness.
Despite constant hardships, these amazing women – from students to celebrities – have not let their diseases define who they are. Leveraging their setbacks as opportunities to spread awareness and positivity, here are some girls that will not only help you to understand chronic illness, but also inspire you.
At the age of 20, Zoey Wright, a motivating figure in the fitness world, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis – a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease which affects the digestive and immune systems. Zoey suffered in silence for three years until she found the courage to seek a diagnosis. Since learning of her chronic illness, she’s made it her mission to help others by proving that her debilitating illness cannot get the better of her.
Having become a stronger person because of it, Zoey decided to compete in her first ever female Figure competition just ten months after a surgery and took first place in two categories. Whadda gal.
Today I am 37 1/2!!! 🎉🍾 "Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do." Getting here hasn't necessarily been easy but it has definitely been worth it!! That's why Half Birthdays are worth celebrating in my book! Breathe out Love! Xo❤️ #LoveToBreathe #halfbirthday #live #love #breathe #celebrate #grateful #birthdays #cfawareness #cfirl #cysticfibrosis #curecf #oxygen #spoonie #cysters #fibros #BreatheOutLoveXo❤️
Somer is a 37-year-old woman with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic illness affecting the lungs and digestive system. Somer’s lungs currently function at around 27% capacity, which poses her with daily exhaustion, inconvenience and challenge. Somer has courageously chosen to turn her disease into an opportunity to help others; she created Love to Breathe®, an organization to spread hope and positive energy to the Cystic Fibrosis community and raise awareness about chronic illness.