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Welcome to, “The Swell Diaries,” and the official blogging website for idiopathic angioedema. Here, we will share stories from, “Life Without A Fork,” Founder and leading angioedema advocate, Vanessa Williams, both in written and film, as well as from others who are involuntarily living, “The Swell Life!” We are the 80 percent! Can you see us, now?!


Spring 2017 | 03.20.17

“I have had a great deal of people openly express the new energy that has come with this New Year. Within the first 25 days of the year alone so many things, major to the world at large, has transpired. There has been an inauguration of a new president of the United States. A, “Million Woman’s March,” that brought with the energy needed for the newer female leaders to come, that far exceeded any other such rally in history—thereby, almost effortlessly, becoming an event to write into her-story, unto itself. Many other world-altering events have happened and for my personal journey, I have similarly become a world-class presence and with a force of peace and love that I have not been able to restrict to any one person, place or work. A global advocate for the rare condition, idiopathic angioedema, I have already taken my outreach throughout the Hollywood, San Diego, Orange County, Long Beach, and Los Angeles regions of Southern California as well as the five Burroughs of New York City, I have been fortunate enough to touch many more lives and give hope to countless new people surviving this life threatening condition. More people have been able to find us on social media and I have made myself personally available to countless others both in person and by telephone. I love what I do and the opportunities I am afforded with helping even one more person get through a day with angioedema, mast cell activation disorders, urticaria or any other chronic condition. Being ill with idiopathic angioedema, having more near death experiences than I can remember, swelling and not being able to tolerate foods for periods that would have defeated even the strongest, even rugged of men, becoming disabled and unable to earn money for food for myself or my child, these things were necessary for me to become this woman with the amazing new abilities I now feel I have is what will drive me and strengthen my ways of caring for others as we go into 2017 and beyond.”



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