As a young woman with multiple chronic illnesses, I get you—I know what it’s like to feel limited and to want more out of life. That’s why I created ChronicBabe: To help you have an amazing life in spite of illness. I’ll help you gain new confidence, boost your career, nurture lifelong friendships, have great sex, save more money, and in general, be more fabulous.
In 2005, I dreamed up ChronicBabe.com. I wanted to create an online community for younger women with chronic health issues who wish to ROCK their lives—the kind of community I had craved for many years.
A ChronicBabe myself, I was diagnosed in 1997, at the age of 25, with fibromyalgia. Soon after came diagnoses of asthma, anxiety, Raynaud’s phenomenon, GERD, thyroid disease and more. For years I struggled, taking test after test and trying a wide assortment of medications, diets and health regimens in an effort to control my symptoms.
You’re too young to be that sick!
One of my biggest frustrations has been the frequent disbelief I encounter when I explain my condition to people. “You’re way too young to feel that way!” is a common refrain. “But you look fine,” is another. My favorite has to be, “I’m so sorry. That is so sad.”
Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before. Maddening, isn’t it? Yes, I am young. Yes, I look fine. And yes, it is sad. But as time passes, I choose more often to focus on the positive: I am creative, and I have choices. And even when I’m cramping and blubbering and whining, I’m still a hottie.
Success! Now it’s time to share.
In recent years I’ve found success through a balance of many approaches, including cognitive therapy, biofeedback training, physical therapy, medications, diet modifications, exercise, meditation, and a kickass support system. There are plenty of days that I don’t feel great—but instead of fighting it, I’ve learned to roll with the punches and have fun in spite of it. I’ve had a ton of help, especially from my health care team, and an amazing circle of friends and family.
Today, I feel good more often than not. That’s a success I earned, and I’ve learned a lot along the way about maintaining my identity in the midst of a swirl of negative energy. I am not my chronic stuff. I am a young, creative, passionate, generous, driven woman. I am a Babe. I’m here to share what I know with you, and to create a space for others to share their successes, so that you can be a Babe too.
Want to Work with Me?
Motivational speaking that gets people out of their seats and cheering.
I love to be on stage, coaching sick chicks like me… OR teaching health care providers how to be true collaborators with their patients… OR workshopping some killer copy with healthcare communicators. Check out my speakers kit to get acquainted.
Award-Winning Healthcare Writing.
With more than 20 years of publishing experience, I know what it takes to make your copy ZING. I’m thrilled to coach you, or to write your goodies myself, whether it’s newsletters, website copy, love letters or chain letters. (OK, maybe not the last one.) Check out some samples and let’s chat about collaborating.
Social Media Consulting to Make You a Superstar.
I spend too much time on the Internet, which means I know a little something about how to boost YOUR online profile. Learn all about.me and then let’s chat so I can dazzle you with my knowledge and experience. #fun #slightlydorky
Where Else Can You Find ChronicBabe and Jenni Online?
- The Forum is bursting with conversation.
- Facebook is my second home.
- Tweet me and maybe I’ll tweet you back.
- I’m designing a lovely life for us over at Pinterest.
- Got a smartphone? Be my pal on Instagram.
- YouTube: All the videos, minus all the cats.
- I’ll Tumble for you. Will you tumble for me?
- WEGO Health Activist Awards: Best in Show – Community – 2011
- Crushing It (Chicago) Award 2011
- Women’s Health Hero 2009 – Our Bodies, Ourselves
- 2007 Medical Blog Awards: Best Patient’s Blog
- HealthConnection.com – 2007 First Annual Top Site Award (Chronic Pain)
- IBSTales.com – 2007 Hope Award
- The Real Hot 100 – 2006 Honoree