Ilana Jacqueline is the author of the award-winning blog, Let’s Feel Better. She started the blog at age 22 to share her humbling, hilarious, and heartfelt experiences coping with chronic illness. From full contact fights with skull-cramping migraines to making peace with being a human pincushion, she writes boldly and unabashedly about breaking down, getting back up, and pulling off the bandage that is “coming out” about the shame and frustration of living with chronic illness.
Her first book, Surviving and Thriving Chronic Illness, will be published by New Harbinger and available on shelves in early 2018.
When not sneaking in naps, Jacqueline spends her days as the managing editor of The RARE Daily for the international rare and genetic disease non-profit, Global Genes. She also freelances for pop culture magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan Online and is a columnist for the patient-centered immunodeficiency magazine, IG Living. Her work has been published in The Sun-Sentinel, The Happy Herald,The Boca Raton Observer, The Palm Beach Post, Today’s Teen Magazine, Today’s Teen Online,Materniteens, Lemondrop, xoVain, and xoJane. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post. She lives with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a form of Dysautonomia, and Primary Immune Deficiency Disease. As a health advocate and regularly interviewed expert on chronic illness, she looks to help patients advocate for themselves at their most vulnerable moments.
Jacqueline lives with her husband and literally the cutest apricot poodle you’ve ever seen in Boca Raton, FL.
A blogger by night, by day Jacqueline is a freelance writer and marketing consultant who has worked with every industry imaginable. From the backs of shampoo bottles to the front pages of major medical websites, she’s seen it, synthesized it, and written it all.
Her copy has been featured in multiple mass-market beauty, baby, and women’s health products. She’s had the pleasure of ghostwriting for multiple companies and story tellers with ease and discretion. Jacqueline has enjoyed working with doctors, lawyers, tattoo artists, and non-profits, has guided many start-up companies through their first marketing campaigns with great success, and has worked side-by-side with some of the most talented associates and most respected public relation and advertising agencies in the world.
Her editorial work has been featured in such publications as Today’s Teen Online, Materniteens, The Palm Beach Post, The Huffington Post, The Boca Raton Observer, Boca Magazine, The Sun-Sentinel, The Happy Herald, AOL’s Lemondrop, and Marie Claire Magazine.
Let’s Feel Better was created to share tips, advice and personal stories about her experiences dealing with a rare and chronic illness. To date, she has been diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Gastroparesis and Primary Immunodeficiency Disease. Jacqueline hopes her stories can provide tips, sanity and maybe even a little hope to others attempting to walk the fine line of suffering from a chronic illness–and living with one.
LetsFeelBetter.com has been nominated in the “Best Kept Secret” Category of WEGO Health’s 2013 Blogger Contest.