Meet your Fellow
Sadie + Buddy
Sadie Veselka was diagnosed at age 4 with MCTD including Juvenile Arthritis, Scleroderma, Dermatomyocitis and Raynaud’s. She loves spreading hope and cheer! Read about her here.
Fuschia Kempen was diagnosed at age 5 with Gastroparesis, POTS, Panhypopituitarism, and Raynaud’s. She knows the isolation that illness can bring. Follow her on IG here.
Erin is an illness/pain warrior who suffers from CRPS, Fibro and a host of other illnesses that caused her to become disabled at age 38. Connect here.
Angelica and Colby are a team… together they battle a multitude of illnesses including JIA. You can find her on IG here.
Hannah + Nala
Nala is Hannahs’ second service dog who helpse her navigate life with rare disease. You can find her on IG here.
Dani is a butch lesbian who lives in Melbourne, Australia. They have CFS and Fibro. Rhubarb always keeps her smiling. Say hi on IG here.
Katrina + Otis
Katrina is a warrior artist who lives with narcolepsy and other challenges. She is pictured here with her beloved Otis, who was the inspiration for the corgi in our card. Find her on IG here.
Naomi Gilchrist was diagnosed at age 13 with hEDS, Severe M.E (with secondary complications) as well as chronic migraines. She is mostly bed bound at this time. Meet her here.
Since 1990, Denise Brown has been helping caregivers after caring for her father through his battle with bladder cancer, and for her mother who lived with multiple medical conditions. She founded Caregiving Years Training Academy in 1996.
Laura Anthony, RN, spent her professional career caring for dialysis patients. For the past several years she has been caring for her her three teen daugthers and navigating them through diagnosis and treatment of their chronic medical conditions.
Dawn Veselka has been navigating her daughter’s complex medical condtions for the past 14 years and knows the challenges of caring for a child with invisible illness.
Denise Archilla is an illness warrior and has two young adult children who live with chronic illness. She founded the Chronic Warrior Collective and Warrior Card Swap to support illness warriors and their families.
Jess Albert was 27 when she developed a rare migraine condition called New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH). It took 4 years and 4 neurologists to get her diagnosis. Meet her here.
Debra Hallisey cared for her father through his congestive heart failure and passing and continues to care for her disabled mother. She founded Advocate for Mom and Dad to help guide other caregivers!
Amanda Phillips (Mandy) was diagnosed at age 15 with hEDS, POTS, Gastroparesis, Sjögren’s Syndrome and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Find her on IG here.
A lover of horror movies and Stephen King novels, Dianne lives with Lupus, RA and APS (antiphospholipid syndrome). Nothing scares this fierce warrior anymore! Follow on IG here.
Kat knows how spooky daily debilitating migraines can be… so she writes children’s books to help them through hospital stays and scary procedures! She’s @xokat on IG here.
Halloween is Audrey’s favorite holiday and the spookier the better! Kinda like life with multiple chronic illnesses, which Audrey knows all too well. Connect with her on IG here.
Michele Frank lives with Hashimoto’s and Fibromyalgia, along with multiple undiagnosed conditions. She knows the challenges of trying to get answers!
After caring for her father for years, Patty knows the challenges of being a caregiver for a parent and being an illness warrior!
Over the past 6 years, Arianna Anthony has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Gastroparesis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Meet her here.
There are several ways that you can be involved with cards2warriors.org.
- You can nominate a chronic illness warrior or caregiver that you know could use a little sunshine in their life. We will review submissions and send happy mail to as many as we can.
- Make a donation that will go toward the cost of printing and postage.
- You or your company can sponsor an event! We will highlight your business on our site and include your logo on the cards and envelopes we send out.