Top Health Influencers of 2017 - My sincere thanks for including Despite Lupus!

Health is trending in 2017, and it's not just for new years resolutions. There are so many people who have told me that conventional medicine has completely failed them. The 7-10 minutes you spend with your doctor and the insurance mandated tests (nothing more - nothing less) leave you frustrated and still sick. I've hand picked my top health influencers of 2017. These are individuals who have struggled with and triumphed over their own failing health and have opened up their lives to help others. They are also fighting against conventional wisdom and big corporations. They are fighting for you. Meet these 17 health heroes. 

What an honor to be included in Pink Fortitude's Top 17 Health Influencers of 2017! The list of individuals is an impressive one, and I consider myself humbled to be among them.

Thanks to Holly Bertone for sharing her Top Health Influencers, and for all she does for the health and wellness community. Holly is a Social Media/Blogging/Healthy Living Advocate Dynamo. Be sure to hop over to her site to check out the full list of influencers, as well as browse her site. There's always something new, and her Instagram feed is one of my favorites, too.


Here are the kind words written about my inclusion in the list of Top Health Influencers of 2017: 

Sara Gorman is like my younger big sister in the health world. I love being her neighbor and following in her footsteps. She is taking the lupus world by storm. And PS – I have two incredibly stylish pill folds for all of my meds and supplements thanks to her!

Sara Gorman was diagnosed with systemic lupus in January of 2001, when she was 26 years old. She struggled to put one foot in front of the other on most days but she was determined not to let a chronic illness dictate her plans for the future.  A few years later, she invented a weekly pill organizer that was cool – something fun and stylish. Her solution, called the Pillfold, would serve as a constant reminder that she was still the same vibrant, hip chick she always had been, despite all of the pills in her life. She used bright, colorful fabrics and shiny, chic hardware to reflect her personality and outlook on life – something that her illness could never take from her. From now on, taking her pills wouldn’t be a drag; it would be a dose of style.
In 2009, she wrote and published a book detailing the steps she’d taken to start living well with her disease, Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness. She launched a blog by the same name at where she talked candidly about her journey with lupus. Within months, the book and blog had filled a void in the lupus marketplace. Sara was connecting with lupus patients from around the world, through speaking engagements, book signings, and conversations on her blog. Most importantly, she was able to maintain her health and wellness while continuing with her book and blog endeavors, which are still thriving today.


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