If you want to craft an incredible life beyond chronic illness, I’m your babe. Since founding ChronicBabe.com in 2005, I have taught countless people how to take charge of their lives post-diagnosis through my website, videos, membership program, speeches, and more. My first book, ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness, is a textbook for loving your life no matter how sick you are.
Drawing on decades of personal experience with fibromyalgia, anxiety, asthma, and other conditions, I teach with confidence and attitude—through consulting, keynote presentations, day-long instructional events, hands-on workshops, and online video meet-ups. For more than 26 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of organizations worldwide. As a speaker and consultant, I bring the same creative drive and passion for success to your project or audience.
Have an upcoming event that needs a speaker, a website that needs a refresh, or a project that requires the perspective of a patient advocate? Now is the time for us to connect.
Individuals with invisible chronic illness and disability often feel disenfranchised. My workshops, subscription services, YouTube channel, and ChronicBabe 101 book teach them to tell their own stories—to gain confidence and advocate for themselves.
Non-profit organizations need help creating materials to educate their communities; I help them identify opportunities for real-life examples to teach, crafting compelling stories that make a difference. These include in-person speaking engagements, website content, workshops, and more.
Corporations sometimes need help with the nuances of those opportunities. I’m choosy about my clients, and I consult on best practices to help ensure connections are respectful and mutually beneficial—and that the stories of real people are heard and respected.
Writing has been my passion since I was an itty-bitty girl growing up in Houston, Texas. My journalism degree from Northwestern University took me places I'd never imagined; Since 1995, I've called Chicagoland my home. (My clients, though, are all over the world!)
In 1997, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia; in the years since, I've added a handful of other diagnoses to my list. This body keeps me busy! Determined not to let chronic illness and disability get the best of me, I created ChronicBabe.com—a community for women who wanted to feel babe-alicious despite illness.
With the training of an investigative journalist and the creative passion of a lifelong writer, I've transformed my career to help others like me...and ensure our stories make a difference in the lives of millions of people living with chronic pain and illness.
My newest work is all about Creative Resilience, and I hope you’ll join me!
Johnson & Johnson
UC Davis Medical Center
College of American Pathologists
The New York Times
Crain’s Chicago Business