Sick Girl Problems, a column by Christine Von Raesfeld

Christine, born and raised in Silicon Valley, is no stranger to illness. Diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 1989 at the age of 14. At the age of 28 she was put on permanent disability because of severe SLE with CNS. She is an advocate for people with chronic, invisible illness. She’s especially passionate about raising awareness of medication education, as she experienced toxic poisoning in the brain due to side effects. Christine volunteers as the social media guru for the Lupus Foundation of Northern California as well as several other online and in-person support groups.