Chronic illnesses are a serious issue for millions worldwide. And for many women who suffer, this can mean going to great lengths to conceal the devastating — and sometimes embarrassing — symptoms that accompany their disease. Thankfully the silence is finally being broken on chronic illness.
Despite constant hardships, these amazing women — from students to celebrities — haven't let their diseases define who they are. Leveraging their setbacks as opportunities to spread awareness and positivity, here are some ladies who won't just help you to understand chronic illness, but inspire you along the way.