When you think about the word, RESILIENT, Kayla Abramowitz should come to mind, as she is the very definition of the word! While living with Juvenile Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and Eosinophilic Colitis, Kayla attends the University of Miami as a sophomore. She lives on campus, is a member of a sorority, AND plays trombone in the U. of M. marching band! Oh… she’s also the founder of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that “helps sick kids feel better by providing entertainment and educational items to children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and related pediatric facilities worldwide.” She’s even been featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show for her hard work! 💚🧡
Though you’d never know from her smiling face, these things don’t come easily or without pain, frustration, and major challenges. Navigating college life with illness and/or disability can be tough! Kayla was surviving when we first met, but wanted more. She wants to THRIVE! Together, we’re working on just that!
In Kayla’s words, “This coaching has allowed me to talk to someone who really gets me and what I am going through on a daily basis. I can talk about anything with Denise - from bad roommates to chronic pain, and she can guide me through how to handle these things. The coaching gives me an outlet to express myself and understand who I am better.
The coaching has been so crucial in helping me navigate the beginnings of adult life. So many people that have rare diseases, chronic issues, disabilities, etc. need to find someone who really understands everything they are going through and show them that we can make it through.” 💜💜
If you know of a young warrior looking to THRIVE, not just survive, we would love to help!