A Chat Among Friends: Insights On Living Well With Autoimmune with Kristal Kent

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In this episode, I catch up with patient advocate and friend Kristal Kent. It’s a free-flowing conversation we recently had about our best learnings from our wellness journey to thrivers and advocacy. Just some of what we chat about is:
• The power of sharing stories of ‘invisible illness’
• How to talk about your diagnosis
• Your diagnosis is not your identity
• Uncovering medical ‘gaslighting’
• Inexpensive wellness and well-being hacks and more…

Our guest: Kristal Kent is an Army Veteran Living with Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, and other Chronic Illnesses and Chronic Pain Conditions. Kristal advocates on behalf of the Fibromyalgia and Veteran Communities, focusing on Awareness, Education, and Legislative Advocacy initiatives. Kristal’s advocacy work has been recognized Nationally and Internationally. Kristal is the founder of The Fibromyalgia Pain Chronicles and Veteran Voice For Fibromyalgia and she currently volunteers as a Board of Trustee for the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America and the Cleveland Clinic Patient Panel. Kristal is also a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine and Savvy Coop and previously served on the WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board.  Learn more about Kristal and her powerful work at https://www.facebook.com/FibroPainChronicles/

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About Your Host, Sharon Sayler

Your host, Sharon Sayler is a certified executive and wellness coach, communications trainer, public speaker, best selling author, and the founder of Competitive Edge Communications who specializes in teaching professionals critical nonverbal and body language skills including how to have those critical “tough” conversations. She teaches how to up-your-impact on the stage, in the boardroom, with clients, customers, team members and even how to deal with difficult people.

Now, she's taken those skills, her passion for clear and competent communication, her own experience dealing with a rare medical condition and her frustration with the medical community in understanding what it is like to have a chronic and complicated medical condition to teach others to become courageous self-advocates so they too can turn life transitions into triumphs. One way she spreads the word is through the podcast and videocast called The Autoimmune Show: Inspiring hope and help for those with autoimmune.

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