The Face of Chronic Illness: Kelly

by Peter Waite

Chronic illness warrior Kelly, living with IBD, Lupus, and other illnesses.

It's difficult for healthy people to understand the challenges chronic illness brings until it gets personal.  Chronic illness can drastically alter your daily routines and chronic pain can test the will of the strongest person.  It brings with it overwhelming emotions, self defeating thoughts, crippling pain, daily heart ache, and so much more.  But words don't translate into understanding until you put a face to it.  I'd like to introduce you to Kelly and her blog Diary of a Sick Girl.   Kelly has opened up to the world her daily life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, IBD, and other undiagnosed illnesses.  Her blog and video diary will at times break your heart, but will also give you a rare glimpse into what having a chronic illness really means.  By sharing her story she gives others insight, hope and understanding.  I want more people to hear her story.   So I've selected a few videos that have personally touched me and I hope they will help you too.  Kelly's brave journey with chronic illness will change your outlook and your life.

Peter Waite, M.S., M.A. is founder and CEO of, and holds graduate degrees from Utah State University and Brandeis University.  Founded in 1997, is the foremost support community on diseases, conditions, and chronic illness. has been featured by BBC Online, USA Today, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Industry Standard, Reader's Digest,,, and USA Weekend Magazine. has also been the recipient of numerous health industry awards. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and four children.

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