May NADA Hero: Julie Ryan

Julie Ryan is a freelance writer who recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, despite living with chronic illnesses. She enjoys researching, writing, and sharing knowledge with those around her. Julie created “Counting My Spoons” as a way to inform and inspire others living with chronic illnesses, such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Lyme, Endometriosis, MS, and many others. Many of the symptoms of these disorders and diseases overlap, often making the diagnosis difficult.

Julie was diagnosed with Temporomandiblar joint (TMJ) disorder and later in life was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Her first two years were difficult until she ran across a documentary titled “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, which changed her life forever. The documentary inspired her to take a more healthier yet grateful approach route to her life. This helped her reach great success and happiness in her life. She realized that her personal journey could be shared with others through her blog!

Julie inspired us by her willingness to start a blog catered to awareness of those fighting a chronic illness. Her “Fibro Warriors” series was the most compelling to us! Every Wednesday, she interviews a patient with Fibromyalgia to showcase their strength and perseverance. It encourages others to read her stories and gain knowledge of how others facing a daily fight can maintain their mindset.

Julie loves to add new inspiration to her blog. Her new found inspiration is important to what drives others to push forward despite the difficulty to complete day to day tasks while ill. Learning about others’ stories can really give those with or without a chronic illness the motivation to want to live their life. This is the greatest gift we can have!

Julie’s goal from this blog is to help others understand what “spoonies” are dealing with and at the same time inspire those of us living with these illnesses to be open, to be our own health activists, and to reach out for better health, self, and wellness care.

Thank you Julie for being such an inspiration to us all, you are our Hero!
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