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Meet Our Advocacy Team

Jaelin Palmer

Director of Advocacy

Hello fellow Spoonies! My name is Jaelin and I have been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, CRPS, Fibro, and more. Since I have been dealing with my chronic diseases for 12+ years, I have come to truly appreciate the online community that has brought me so much support through the most difficult times in my life. That's why I am excited to be leading the Advocacy Team for Fight Like A Warrior! Being young, sick and in pain can seem foreign and rare to some, but is a reality for far too many of us. I am passionate about working on public awareness campaigns and institutional policy changes to create real shifts that will make meaningful differences in our warriors' lives.

When I'm not working for FLAW, you can find me reading, crafting/painting, creating content for my personal Instagram account (@jaelinpalmer) or belting to Broadway show tunes with my sister. I have a degree in Public Policy and hope to work in the political sphere.

Bela Gaytan

Awareness Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Mary and I am a nineteen year old spoonie from Ireland. I was diagnosed with multiple disc herniations in my lumbar spine at the age of thirteen, and as a result have been left with a damaged spinal chord and have had to learn to walk again three times! I am also fighting Anorexia Nervosa and as a result am very passionate about ending the stigma around mental health issues and also advocating for chronic pain awareness!

I am a massive musical theatre nerd and never let my condition stop me from doing what I love as I brace the stage of Northern Ireland's biggest theatre every summer in their Professional Youth Production! I am currently in college studying pre-nursing and am loving every minute of it! I can't wait to be working out there as a qualified nurse and be able to help lots of physically and mentally ill teenagers with compassion and care, to feel like I am giving back to all of those who have helped me along my journey.

Mary Ní Ghallachóir

Awareness Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn McInerney and I am an Awareness Coordinator for Fight Like a Warrior! In 2017 I was in a car accident that left me with a Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Concussive Syndrome, Aphasia, and Pseudoseizures. Since then I have had to re-learn how to walk, talk, read, write, and figure out how to navigate my new way of life. I’m excited to be a part of a community that celebrates ABILITY at all levels, promotes DIVERSITY, and insists on INCLUSION. 

 

I am currently in college studying Psychology and Human Services. I wish to eventually earn my Masters Degree and become a Disability Rights Advocate. I have worked as a PTA at a rehabilitation hospital that helps treat patients who  are in need of stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac, musculoskeletal, and pulmonary rehab. I am on the board of directors for the Capital Region Classic nonprofit that works to raise awareness and support research in the fight against Breast Cancer and Muscular Dystrophy. Outside of work you can find me hanging out with my family, doing DIY crafts, and making waffles!