Redefining Badassery with Chronic Illness

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawford

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

“Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


Hi, I’m Amanda. In 2020 I was diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and Fibromyalgia. I suffer from debilitating chronic pain from a lack of ability to maintain proper collagen levels, lack of joint stability, and tendinosis. Despite all of that fun stuff, I believe that when we learn to accept our limitations as opportunities, we can be unlimited in our ability to experience and enjoy life. (There are of course some exceptions.) I write about my life and challenges with the hope that others can relate and laugh with/at me as I try to navigate life with chronic illness.