My name is Melody Olander and I have had a rare disease since I was 17 years old. I am now 23 years old, and I have been diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
After publishing my book, "But You Don't Look Sick." I decided to dedicate my time towards connecting the chronically ill community. A new diagnoses can be a scary journey, and it can make you feel alone. I wanted to create a site that gives the chronically ill access to everything in one location.
Did you know women are statistically more likely to be diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses than men? Many of the diagnoses represented in the Mighty Well community are disproportionately experienced by women — including lupus, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Yet despite these high numbers of women experiencing chronic health setbacks, research shows that they are routinely dismissed for their symptoms and pain. The dismissive nature of our medical system creates issues with self-confidence, increased feelings of isolation, and a need for trust and community.
Thankfully, our Mighty Well Brand Ambassadors are up for the task of fighting isolation and building community! This month, we introduce you to three of our new Ambassadors all of whom intimately understand the experiences of women living with chronic illness and use their voices to support others and provide a much needed sense of community.
This is a content preview of Mighty Well's blog on their Womens Health Advocates. Click below to read more and visit the Mighty Well site!