Emily Bradley is a 22 year old student at Florida State University, patient health advocate, writer, and speaker. At the age of 18, Emily was diagnosed with Still’s Disease: a rare type of Autoimmune Arthritis. In addition to her Still’s Disease, Emily has faced painful complications from acute idiopathic scoliosis and has since undergone both a spinal fusion and a revision surgery to remove the fusion hardware.
In January of 2012, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation never seen before though indicative of an autoinflammatory disease (a genetic disease of the innate immune system) called TNF-Receptor Associated Periodic Fever Syndrome (TRAPS).
While these three conditions are more than enough to keep any patient busy, Emily also fights Endometriosis, chronic migraines, and a currently unidentified disorder of the trigeminal nerve.
At the beginning of her journey with chronic illness and chronic pain in 2010, Emily sought out a community website that shared resources, tips, advice, support, discussion, and the stories of other young adults. When she did not find exactly what she was looking for, she created Chronic Curve.
She now works as a writer, speaker, and patient advocate— helping others learn how to become empowered patient advocates and navigate life through the trials of chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability. Emily was selected as a Stanford University ePatient Scholar and spoke on a panel at Medicine X 2013, and will be returning to the main stage at MedX 2014 to give an ignite speech. Her goal is to help banish the stigma of chronic pain; improve doctor-patient communication and relationships, and help university students navigate their first taste of independence with a serious disease.
Outside of her time spent as a professional patient, Emily enjoys a good book, cold weather, live music, photography, and works as a social media manager when her health permits. She is a certified First Responder in the state of Florida. She studies psychology and biology at Florida State University. Post-grad, she hopes to attend Physician Assistant school.
For business/press inquiries, questions/comments, or if you would like to have Chronic Curve as a guest writer or speaker, please contact Emily Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org