What I Write

Lala JacksonI’m Lala Jackson, and I’m a chronic health author, speaker, and advocate. I’m a staunch and vocal advocate for health justice and intelligent approaches to health care policy and delivery, particularly as it concerns people living with chronic illness, and I love writing and speaking about all of the amazing things that bond the chronic illness community – we are powerful humans who have had to learn how to gracefully carry more than most, become our own advocates, be strong leaders for ourselves and others, and gain our own individual superpowers.

When I was 10, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes. I immediately jumped into advocacy and have met with numerous representatives and senators to speak on behalf of the rights of people living with chronic disease. I earned a B.S. in Communications from The University of Miami in Florida then went on to study federal healthcare policy and management at Georgia State University. Complementary to my own work, I work for a major type 1 diabetes advocacy and research non-profit headquartered in New York City.

In addition to articles found on this site, my first book – the internationally best-selling Beyond Powerful: Your Chronic Illness is Not Your Kryptonite – delves into the superpowers gained from a life with chronic illness. I am also a contributing writer over on The Mighty, and I’ve been featured on I Told You I Was Sick, KNQR and Lyfebulb.

Outside of writing, I love to speak on issues around chronic illness, mental health (particularly amidst stress and life challenges), access to healthcare, and more. I  love speaking at high school and college campuses, as well as girl’s and women’s programs. Check out this special edition of The Eye of Rah Show where we talk about mental health and self-care or this edition of Change: Redefining Success where we talk about my type 1 diabetes diagnosis story, and I go on a little rant about healthcare policy in the US.

If you have any questions or would like to book me as a speaker, interview me, feature me on your platform, or request a written guest piece or review, email lala@lalajackson.com.

Photography of Lala Jackson on this site is by John Arthur Photography.

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