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Lauren Freedman (she/her)

LIVED EXPERIENCE
Disability & Chronic Illness

KEY INFORMATION

Place of Birth: New York, NY, USA
Current location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Age: 39 years old
Language/s: English only
LGBTQIA+: No
CALD/Heritage: American (Russian), Australian (Swedish, Irish)
Diagnoses: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, obstructive
sleep apnea, idiopathic hypersomnia, depression, anxiety, OCD, insulin resistance/metabolic syndromes
Healthcare Access: Primary Health Care, Allied Health, Mental Health, Secondary and Tertiary care

BIO

Lauren Freedman is an award-winning entrepreneur, voice actor, writer, and activist who lives in Los Angeles. She has lived with depression and anxiety since she was a teen, and was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and sleep disorders in 2017. Lauren is creator and host of the Uninvisible Pod - award-winning podcast about invisible conditions and chronic invisible illness and disability, featuring
interviews with survivors and thrivers, their loved ones, caregivers, advocates, and experts in varied healing modalities, from holistic to medical.

Lauren's harrowing experiences of medical gaslighting and disability, paired with her work in women’s health activism, prompted her to seek community...where none was available. It was when she became aware that even close friends were living with invisible diagnoses that she began speaking out — and kindled her own community so nobody would have to feel lost in their body’s mutinies again. Her work is centered in deepening narratives about chronic illness and disability; raising awareness, inspiring inclusion, and cultivating community for those living the Spoonie life. In 2021, she completed training as a Nationally Certified Health & Wellness Coach in order to further serve her community. Lauren graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) with a BA (Hons) in Acting in 2008.

Lauren is an expert consultant, speaker and writer, wishing to share her knowledge to empower others and build supportive, respectful, accessible systems and communities for people with chronic illness and disability.

ACHIEVEMENTS & EXPERIENCE

  • Winner of the 2019 WEGO Health Awards Best in Show: Podcast

  • Creator and Host of 'Uninvisible Pod'

  • Host of the 'Listen to Your Eyes' podcast, produced by Horizon Therapeutics and Podcast One. Interviewed Olympic Gold Medalist Gail Devers in this series. 

  • Publications:

    • 'Hacking Healthcare' (downloadable PDF for navigating the healthcare system)

    • Chronic Illness Handbook (for sale on “Shop” page of website)

    • Meditation for Flare Days & Chronic Pain (Insight Timer; also available to purchase on “Shop” page of her website)

  • Media Features

    • ​Health Magazine

    • Hello Giggles

    • Yahoo! Finance

    • Embr Labs

    • GEM Vitamins

    • AwareCauses

    • Creaky Joints

    • Feedspot

    • Soapy Rao Show

    • Crafted to Thrive

    • MS News & Views

    • SickSadGirlz

    • Disability After Dark with Andrew Gurza

    • You Look Okay To Me: The First Flare

    • Sleep Apnea Stories with Emma Cooksey

    • Why This Now? by Re:Set

    • Myelin & Melanin: Raising the Temp

    • Disabled to Enabled

    • Humancare Podcast

    • Flowly Health Talk

    • Our Rights Podcast

  • Experienced and skilled public speaker:​

    • ​PodFest

    • Chronicon

    • Flowly

    • Aila Health

    • Cura Naturale

    • NY Endo Thrivers

    • Community Centers

    • Insta Live w/ various partners

  • Partnered and worked with:

    • ​Parsley Health

    • Chronicon / Nitika Chopra

    • Mood Health

    • Flowly

    • Stuff That Works

    • Embr Labs

    • mysugarcase

    • Rana 2.0

    • Lyfebulb

    • WEGO Health

    • Angels of Epilepsy

    • Gena Chieco Coaching

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