About Me

My name is 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, Massachusetts. In addition to running this blog, I work at an education nonprofit and spend what feels like a zillion hours 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 far too much about English history for an American.

What is a “chronic illness lifestyle blog”?

Kate the (Almost) Great is my corner of the Internet in which I can talk about my favorite books, what to do in Boston, the blogging and social media lessons I’ve learned over the years, chronic illness, and more. I try to help people find their next five-star read, understand the secrets that make Pinterest send tons of traffic to your blog, what to do in my city, and more.

Part of that “more” is that I try to use this site to educate people on the illnesses I have and that are adjacent to mine, as well as to help other patients. For example, did you know that there are autoimmune forms of arthritis? I share information like that because people regularly are surprised when I tell people that. And 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. I am not a medical professional, but since I have been a chronic illness patient since 2001, I try to find a use for the things I’ve learned over the years through helping others. (It should be good for something, right?)

Kate stands next to a podium in a conference center. She's a brunette white woman wearing jeans, a white 3-quarter shirt with black stripes, a lanyard with a name tag on it, and large brown glasses. She is in the middle of speaking.
In action – leading a session on Twitter advocacy at the 2017 Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Summit.

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, complaining about the MBTA, and more. You can subscribe to my newsletter, which I try to send out once a week and features blog posts from the previous weeks, previews of upcoming content, and free downloads for chronic illness patients, bloggers, and even tips for others chronic illness blogs. I have 2 Instagram accounts: mine and my bookstagram account. I’m also on Pinterest and Facebook, and I have a Tumblr.

I have been published on HuffPost on topics like inspiration porn and how to become an advocate for patients. I’m 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 kate@katethealmostgreat.com.

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Join my mailing list and get access to my resource library with materials for managing life, chronic illness, and blogging! The mailing list goes out weekly.

Here are some of the free resources I provide for my newsletter members:

25 Instagram Prompts for Chronic Illness Audience | 164 Blog Post Ideas | 30 Twitter Posts | eBook of Strategies to Grow Your Blog

The header and button for this blog were designed by Erin of Two Thirds Hazel.

All opinions are my own and do not reflect my employer unless stated otherwise.


  • Reply Kailagh

    You are from Maine?! Another New Englander 🙂

    June 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Brianna

    Hi nice to meet you! I just found your blog and I love it 🙂 I don't eat dairy either, and I'm giving up gluten soon. I'm not too excited about it haha.


    October 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Kaysie

    Nice to meet you! We're about to move to VA and are planning a drive-up-the-coast-to-Maine trip. The photos of some of the "cape" towns in Maine are incredible! Also, have you heard of doyogawithme.com? Free yoga, hay!

    April 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Claire Hoots

    Hi! I am a new blogger and I follow Olya so I found you through today's guest post. I'm loving what you've got going on around here… I feel connected with you. I have roots in Knoxville, Tenneesee and I'm a high school English teacher. Commodores and Vols fans can be friends, right? 😉

    -Claire @ http://www.fashionandfeathers.com

    September 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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  • Reply Tony

    Kate,I also have sero negative Ra and ankylosing spondylitus. You mentioned on Twitter you were waiting for chemo to kick in. I was wondering what you use. I receive remicade infusions at now the highest dose. Since it doesn’t work the greatest I am always looking.

    February 24, 2020 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Alexandra Lee

    Thankyou for all of this information. I have a very rare chronic illness or illnesses and I’ve been wanting to start a blog of some sort but I don’t have great computer skills and haven’t really known where to start so any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated…
    Thankyou so much. I’m in Australia 🇦🇺 by the way
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Alexandra xxx

    June 17, 2020 at 12:17 am
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