Hope Warriors

Patients and people sharing their stories.

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    The Wolf and Unicorn (Cass)

    Hi everyone!  Happy Warrior Wednesday. It’s invisible illness month. I wanted to bring attention to the lovely Cass, the person behind The Wolf and Unicorn. If anyone knows what it’s like to have an invisible illness, it’s her. She battles each one with a fierce attitude, and is always sharing encouragement with anyone else fighting the same fight. Send some love her way and check out her blog, instagram or twitter! Happy March, hoping spring arrives quickly if you’re dealing with any of this crazy winter like we have been. Now read on to find out more about The Wolf and Unicorn. She has some great insight on coping with…

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    Michelle Eberwein

     Originally Published February 4, 2015  February is a good month for heart opening. If you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, take a moment to say I love you to those you care about. Send a card, make a phone call, share a smile. Bring a little light into the world. This month’s featured Hope Warrior is Michelle Eberwein from hopeinbracelets.com She’s pretty incredible. And she makes some beautiful bracelets for all sorts of causes to bring awareness to those conditions. Make sure to check out the bracelets using the link above, and share it with someone you know. This is one of my favorite bracelets she designed, called Hope (go…

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    Astrid Fox

    Originally Published January 7, 2015 Please bear with me while the blog undergoes some updates. It’ll be back to being pretty, clean and organized soon! It’s a brand new year, thank goodness. I had the greatest new years eve, this year surrounded by many of my favorite people. Last year I had to worry about being close to a bathroom, this year, I knew I would be okay. Last year, I was about to face the biggest health disaster of my life so far, and this year, I was laughing and smiling and crying tears of joy.  Totally different from last year. I’ve never been so grateful in my entire…

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    Alyssa Clements

    Originally Published December 17, 2014 How the weeks fly by, it’s another Warrior Wednesday! Please meet beautiful Alyssa. She doesn’t let IBD stop her from reaching her dreams, and she always keeps a gorgeous smile on her face! It’s hard to keep that mentality when you’re facing a chronic illness everyday, but she does it, and she does it well.  Don’t forget to check out the t-shirts she designed to raise awareness for Crohn’s and colitis. She’s rocking one of them in the photo below. Links are at the bottom of the page. Here is a little bit about Alyssa: My name is Alyssa Clements and there are many things…

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    Originally Published December 10, 2014 Folks, I’d like you to meet Ellie. She’s a brave young girl who is facing any autoimmune diseases that keep her at home. She is currently unable to leave the house for long periods of time, even a trip to the doctor seems like a road trip across the country. But she doesn’t let this stop her from keeping a positive attitude and raising awareness for her diseases and many others. Please read through Ellie’s story. You can find her on instagram @pyjama.princess. What type of chronic illness are you battling? I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which is…

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    Shawn Mynar Health

    Originally Published November 19, 2014 Hi folks! Sorry I have been away for so long. I caught a terrible cold and was spending all of my energy on my day job and am just now getting it all back again and getting back into the blog! I promise it will be better than ever before, stay tuned for the next few months to see what’s coming! In the mean time, I’m happy to introduce you to this week’s Wednesday Warrior, Shawn. She’s a great example of how your life doesn’t have to revolve around your disease, and you can do amazing things still! Using ulcerative colitis as a driving force…

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    Joyfully Rare (Carrie Ann)

    Originally Published on October 22, 2014  This is Carrie’s Updated Blog Link since this post has been published. www.joyfullyrare.com It’s people like this that remind me of my purpose. It is people like this that give me hope, and that I hope you, my dear reader, will help me give that hope back to those who need it.    “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” I’d like you all to meet Carrie Ann. Not only does she post beautiful photos on Instagram (@joyfullyrare), she battles 10+ illness every sing day, including muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is a disorder that involves massive muscle weakness and loss of…

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    Colitis Ninja (Amber)

    Originally published October 15, 2014 I found Colitis Ninja on Twitter when I was looking for support/trying to find anyone to relate to what I was going through when I was in and out of the hospital in May. Her mission is incredible, the sole purpose is to support people suffering from IBD, and not just the patients but also the caregivers (so important!!). Her honesty on her blog is so refreshing and she’s just a great friend to have and an important part of the IBD community.  Plus she’s quick to respond to any question and checks in to see how you are doing! It’s continues to impress me the…

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    Lauren Barros

    Originally Published October 08, 2014 It’s warrior Wednesday!  I’d like you all to meet one of the most beautiful, kind and determined IBD battlers I’ve “met” since my diagnosis. I found Lo on Instagram shortly after my first colonoscopy and she’s been a constant source of support and encouragement ever since. Not only does she kick ass at this disease,  she climbs boulders. Literally. Get to know Lo a little bit below and find her on insta @readysetlo7.  Thanks for being you girl, you give me hope daily. My name is Lauren Barros and I’m 26 years old currently living in Dallas Texas. I’m originally from Huntington Beach, California (California…

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    NY Smile Movement

    Originally Published October 1, 2014 Browsing through #randomactofkindness (RAK) on instagram one day and I came across @nysmilemovement. A whole year of RAK’s documented. How cool. And what an impact they’re having! From leaving lottery tickets in grocery stores for strangers to find, to volunteering to pet sit, to giving away arcade tickets; smiles and hope in humanity are being shared everywhere. Join in the movement! Get to know a little more about the movement, and then go spark some hope with your own SmileMovement! Let me know what you do in the comments! How did you come up with the idea for 365 days of Random Acts of Kindness? Earlier…

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