ChronicWarriors.org

About Us

About Us

Here’s a quick overview:

  • We don’t do advocacy. (We leave that to the big guys!)
  • We don’t raise funds for a cure. (There are already amazing groups doing great work in this space!)
  • We’re all about fun and connection (aka social-emotional support)! Our niche is putting the “life” back into the chronic lifestyle!

We are NOT disease specific. We welcome:

  • Warriors living with chronic illness.
  • Warriors living with rare disease –  all 7,000 diseases.
  • Undiagnosed warriors who are still trying to get answers.

ChronicWarriors.org is a Central Florida based non-profit that began with a single chronic illness warrior, Sadie, and a vision to help others. 

What began as SadieStyle, inc. has transitioned to ChronicWarriorsOrg, inc – a collective of chronic illness warriors and healthy humans coming together to improve life and eliminate isolation for illness warriors around the globe! 

Thanks to the shelter-in-place orders as a result of this global pandemic, healthy humans everywhere have experienced what it is like to miss out on life, have to cancel plans, and to be cut off from friends and family… a glimpse into the lonely life of an illness warrior.

We invite you to join us as we continue to help build programs that will connect and improve daily life for illness warriors worldwide! 

 

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In the U.S. alone, over 81 million people live with more than one chronic illness and over 25 million people live with a rare disease.  Most of them feel they are alone on their chronic journey and yearn for someone who “gets it”.

With your help, we can connect these illness warriors to each other and to the resources they need! Won’t you join us?!

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Clary_POTS warrior

Our Program Partner

 The Chronic Warrior Collective is a collective of resources designed to provide illness warriors with the social-emotional support they need to connect and thrive!

Programs include:

  • Chronic Warrior Card Swap
  • Chronic illness Coaching 
  • Social Club – private, online network
  • Society – for ages 13-24

Meet the Team

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Dawn Veselka

Board Member

Dr Carlos Archilla

Dr. Carlos Archilla

Medical Advisory Panel

Mark Cady

Mark Cady

Warrior Advisory Panel

Sadie Veselka

Warrior Advisory Panel

Ted Hoge

Ted Hoge

Board Member

Diana Boyesen

Diana Boyesen, MSW

Board Member

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Cassy Dlugiewicz

Web Developer

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Katrina Constantine

Baby Phoenix Artist

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Sherrie Bruce, RN

Medical+Warrior Panels

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Audrey Adamson

Grant Writer + Warrior

Chiropractor, Dr. Ian Scott

Dr. Ian Scott

Medical Advisory Panel

Dr. Larisa Scott, natural path

Dr. Larisa Scott

Medical Advisory Panel

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer? How old do you have to be?

We welcome anyone over the age of 13 to volunteer with us. If you are under 18, you must have a parent or guardian’s permission. Click on the Volunteer Now link at the top of the page to apply.

Does it matter where I live?

No! Because we are online and global, we welcome volunteers from all over the world.

Are you seeking Board Members?

At this time we are seeking members for our Advisory Panels (Warrior and Medical personnel) along with committee leaders and members.  Please contact us for more details!

I'm a chronic warrior. Is the Chronic Warrior Collective free for me?

Hello Warrior! Yes! You can join the private network and participate in all the programs.

What is the Card Swap?

The Chronic Warrior Card Swap is a global exchange of cards between chronic warriors worldwide. If you are a warrior, you can choose to send and receive snail mail or digital cards. For more info or to register: www.chronicwarriorcardswap.com.

Is the Card Swap free?

YES!! The only cost for participation is the stamp needed to send your snail mail card. (It’s one of the awesome projects we help support to keep it free for participants!)

How much of my donation goes to programs? How do I get my receipt for my donation?

We are a volunteer organization that does not pay any salaries. We are delighted to tell you that 96% of your donation goes directly to programming! (your donation less processing fees).
Your donation confirmation email will contain the information you need for your receipt. Thanks so much for donating and being part of our mission!

If I don't have an illness, but would love to send a card to encourage a warrior. Can I?

Yes. Please fill out an application for our Extra Card Crew to be eligible to SEND cards.  You will not receive cards, but you will definitely be doing a good deed. Apply here.

Are you a registered 501(c)(3)?

Yes. We are a Florida non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Our EIN is 85-2622373.

Can I volunteer to be on one of the advisory panels?

We’d be honored! Send us a note via the contact form and we’ll be in touch soon.

You can make a difference.