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I’m Kate Mitchell, and I’m the writer/publisher/creator at Kate the (Almost) Great, which is a chronic illness lifestyle blog.
I’m a millennial from Maine living in Boston. In addition to running this blog, I work at an education nonprofit and spend a lot of time at Massachusetts General Hospital.
This is because I live with several chronic illnesses: rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, anemia of chronic inflammation, and asthma. I’ve been in pain since fall 2001 and I’ve had far too many surgeries.
I’m also obsessed with my pets and I know way too much about English history for an American.
What is a “chronic illness lifestyle blog”?
Kate the (Almost) Great is a resource for other chronic illness patients and their loved ones. I use this site to educate people on the illnesses I have and that are adjacent to mine, as well as to provide strategies for living with them.
Looking for info on a specific condition or category? Explore the blog easily through the Tags & Topics page.
When you’re reading, keep in mind that I use documented facts about illnesses from reputable sources; I always include links to the original source. It is extremely important to me that I do not perpetuate false information. And I’m not a medical professional! But since I have been a chronic illness patient since 2001, I use the things I’ve learned over the years to help others. (It should be good for something, right?)
I also spend far too much time on Twitter, where you can find me combining Cleopatra history facts with Lizzo lyrics, waxing on about the chronic illness life, and more.
You can subscribe to my weekly newsletter, which features recent blog posts, advice for blogging and/or living with chronic illness, and free downloads for chronic illness patients, bloggers, and even tips for others chronic illness blogs. I’m on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
If you want to read more, I have been published on HuffPost on topics like inspiration porn and how to become an advocate for patients. I’m also a Cure Arthritis Ambassador and an Arthritis Foundation Ambassador.
All opinions expressed on this site are my own unless they are specifically attributed to individuals. You may not re-publish my content without my approval; I own it. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All opinions are my own and do not reflect my employer unless stated otherwise.