Patient needs and perspectives influence every step of the Mighty Well process, from our product brainstorms all the way through our photoshoots. So when you see a photo featuring a Mighty Well product, it’s being modeled by someone who needs it.
This month, we are excited to celebrate Mighty Model Kate Alexander, a powerful self-advocate fighting Lyme and CVID.
Here are a few highlights from our interview with Kate…
“After being sick and in declining health for five years and seeing over a dozen doctors, I was finally able to get in with a specialist who confirmed what I knew all along…”
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a translations project manager and I live in Connecticut. I just got married this summer to my partner of almost 10 years and we have 2 Basenjis, Sophie and Luca. I love history, art history, reading, and hanging out with my very large family. I’m going back to school to become a PA.
What is your illness? When did you find out?
I have Lyme Disease (most likely chronic) and CVID. After being sick and in declining health for five or so years and seeing over a dozen doctors, I was finally able to get in with a Lyme specialist and he confirmed what I knew all along; that I had a severe case of Lyme disease.
Do you think your experience with illness has given you strength? How?
It has given me strength because I had to be my own advocate, doing my research and attempting to treat myself when nobody would listen to me. It has also made me a much more effective communicator and allowed me to be able to stand up for myself in ways I would not have done before.
It has also allowed me to be able to stand up for myself in ways I would have not have done before
What was it like to model for Mighty Well?
Being a model for Mighty Well was such a gift; I’ve made new friends and it’s gratifying to be able to showcase a product that an everyday person can use/wear with confidence and style during what is usually a very difficult time in their lives. I’m a very shy, private person and being offered this opportunity allowed me to move outside my comfort zone and grow!
“Being a model for Mighty Well was such a gift… this opportunity allowed me to move outside my comfort zone and grow!”
I’m a very shy, private person and being offered this opportunity allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and grow!
Thank you, Kate for sharing your story and for standing alongside us as our Friend in the Fight!