In honor of Invisible Disabilities Week, we are featuring 3 perfectly imperfect and inspiring bloggers living their best lives and helping others to do the same.
Brooke is an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Host, Stage/TV Actor and Fortune 500 Spokesperson. Extremely social, she used to be out at events and on red carpets on a regular basis, averaging 12-15 events/week for years. She’s well known in the live-streaming community for her positive attitude – always moving forward in life.
Lauren Rowe has battled Cystic Fibrosis since birth. When she was 19 she had less than 2 weeks left to live and received a double lung transplant. Although this transplant added years to her life, Lauren has been living off of 30% lung capacity.
Lauren created a not-for-profit organization in Australia called, “Gifted Life” to provide support for other transplant recipients. Lauren’s work was
Alexa Chronister is not your stereotypical college student. She doesn’t spend the weekend tailgating before football games or playing beer pong at fraternity parties. Alexa suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS); two chronic, painful and often debilitating conditions. As a college freshman, Alexa felt isolated as she struggled to manage the symptoms of her chronic illnesses
Lara Bloom is the international Executive Director of the Ehlers-Danlos Society where she is responsible for raising awareness of rare and invisible diseases, including Ehlers-Danlos.
She works to raise funds for research and speaks at conferences all over the world, lecturing medical students and professionals, and supporting specialists in the EDS field by offering her experience as a leading patient expert.
Ardra Shephard is a devastating illness expert, having lived with multiple sclerosis for more than 15 years. Her blog Tripping On Air is the irreverent, insider-scoop about MS that manages to inspire without ever being saccharine. It’s frank, it’s funny, it’s what you’d want your best friend to tell you about what it’s like to live with chronic illness. Ardra was named one of the Top 50 MS bloggers “in the universe” by feedspot.com, one of the Top 25 MS bloggers by healthlabs.com, and was featured on Sickboy Podcast (October 2017).
Tara has been in athletics her whole life. She is a certified trainer, spinning, and TRX instructor, and she was named one of Los Angeles’ best instructors by Class Pass.
Movement is important to Tara because she lives with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). This disease has caused progressive atrophy in her lower legs, limiting her balance and strength.