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Adriel Maldonado
Adriel Maldonado

Adriel has suffered from bouts of widespread pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety since childhood. In 2010, at the age of 22, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She has struggled since then with finding the best treatment for her symptoms and is always in pursuit of living a more natural life. Adriel went on to have two sons with her husband…

Angela Finlay
Angela Finlay

Angela Finlay is a freelance writer and blogger committed to sharing matters that affect health and wellbeing. From fitness and motivation to medical ailments and psychological hurdles, she has covered a range of health and lifestyle topics through her web writing career. Angela feels that a high quality of life should be a top priority for everyone, and tries her…

Barbara Leech
Barbara Leech

Barbara Leech is a mom of four who gave up her career as a reporter and editor of two weekly newspapers in Southern New Hampshire to be a work-at-home mom and autoimmune disease warrior. Within her personal battle with fibromyalgia, lupus, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she is an advocate for greater public awareness and raising funds toward research and improved treatments…

Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson

Eric L. Patterson, LPC, is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania, who has been working for over a decade to help his clients live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner and freelance writer specializing in transferring his mental health knowledge and experience into clear, actionable content for his readers. Recently, Eric’s writing has expanded to a…

Patricia Bratianu
Patricia Bratianu

Patricia Bratianu, RN, PhD, RH (AHG), is a nurse with 40 years of experience in an array of inpatient and outpatient settings. During those years Patricia came to realize that conventional healthcare was not meeting the needs of all patients. She became an herbalist and obtained a PhD in natural health. This affords her the opportunity to provide balanced, well-rounded…

Sarah Borien
Sarah Borien

Sarah is 30 years old and lives in South London, UK, with her partner and cats. She has had fibromyalgia since 2009 and is passionate about finding and sharing new coping strategies. By day she works in corporate responsibility and the rest of the time she writes her blog, A Life Less Physical.

Starla Rich
Starla Rich

Starla Rich is a fibromyalgia warrior and freelance writer and blogger, who is a strong voice for those struggling with health issues that diminish quality of life. She is also an advocate for those dealing with the trauma and devastation of domestic violence and abuse. Starla is founder of Encouragement Enterprises and Blessings for Belles — organizations created for the…