and welcome to my website! I am Karen and the founder of Living
Chronically Fabulous. I grew up and continue to live in the
Boston area. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Psychology
and an Associates Degree in Healthcare Administration. I have
worked in healthcare for 18 years.
little bit about my health history; In 1994 I was diagnosed
Arthritis and in 2004 I was diagnosed with
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (An overlap of Systemic
Lupus, Slceroderma and Polymyositis) with Sjogren's
Syndrome and Raynaud's
Phenomonen as secondary conditions.
addition to the autoimmune disorders, I am diagnosed with
Asthma and nodules in my lungs. Endometriosis,
ovarian cysts and multiple fibroids which led to a partial
hysterectomy in 2007. I am also a DES
Daughter, which could very well account for many of the
the OBGYN issues.
have been dealing with Sciatica,
DDD with multiple herniated discs and thoracic scioliosis
years before the diagnosis of RA. In the summer of 2010 I
was diagnosed with a Neurological Disease called Chiari
Malformation. In October of 2011 I was diagnosed with
Cystitis. As you can see, as far as health concerns, my
plate is definitely filled!
at all possible, I prefer a more natural and homeopathic approach
to my health issues as well as a strong belief in wellness~
the mind-body connection.
the past 18 years that I have been living with chronic illness
I have found out who my real friends are, learned to be less
judgmental, to be more patient and to truly understand what
is important in life.
no one wants an illness to transpire in their lifetime, I
can honestly say without a doubt that I am a better person
because of it. It is a true statement that no one else truly
“gets it” as well as someone else who is dealing with a comparable
disease and/or health disorder. This is is why I wholeheartedly
stress the importance of reaching out and connecting with
others who are also living their lives with chronic illness.
I created Living Chronically Fabulous, I wanted to make a
website that was not restricted to just one disease or disorder
as so many of us have more than one. It's a known fact that
once you are diagnosed with one autoimmune disease your chances
of developing another one are greatly increased. I welcome
any and all people with any type of chronic illness to join
us, and I strive to make the site as informative, encouraging
and positive as possible.
believe to be successful in the ongoing management of chronic
illness it is a combination of multiple factors including;
positive encouragement, staying informed, physical activity
and social interaction. If you are looking for a support
e-mail me. We have monthly meetings and always welcome
feel free to leave
me feedback, I'd love to hear from you!