Marisa Zeppieri is a speaker, author of the new memoir CHRONICALLY FABULOUS, and founder of the NY nonprofit and social community, LupusChick.com. LupusChick serves to educate and empower those living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases and chronic illnesses. The community reaches almost 400K people per month, and was the launching point for CHRONICALLY FABULOUS, which inspires readers to continue striving toward their goals and not let a diagnosis or disability define who they are. Marisa is a former health journalist and Mrs. New York, and has been a fierce advocate and speaker in the world of chronic illness for over 13 years. She has spoken for and acted as a consultant for Astra Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and has served as the keynote speaker for UMASS Med School, Simmons College, and Patients Like Me. She currently serves as a contractor for The Department of Defense’s Lupus Research Program, the host of the Lupus Foundation of New England’s TILLY series, and her LupusChick story is featured as the 35th chapter of Lady Gaga’s new Anthology, CHANNEL KINDNESS.