Jaime A. Heidel is creating blog posts, articles, newsletters, videos
2

patrons

$10
per month
Hello, and welcome to my Patreon page!

My name is Jaime A. Heidel, and I am the founder and creator of I Told You I Was Sick, a website dedicated to validating, informing, and supporting individuals living with chronic illness.

My Story


From the time I was born to the time I was 22 years old, I never knew a day without pain. I suffered from chronic stomach pain, muscle pain, sinus problems, emotional instability, and learning impairment.

In 2002, a naturopathic physician told me that food was killing me, he put me on an elimination diet, and I learned what had been causing most of my health problems: Gluten intolerance!
In 2015, I was also officially diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

My Mission

My mission is to validate, inform, and support those living with chronic illness through my writing.
I want to be a strong advocate for those who are not taken seriously by their friends, family, doctors, co-workers, etc. by showing them they are not alone and connecting them with a wider community of individuals living with similar conditions.

I want to work directly with people who are living with autoimmune disease, chronic pain, mental health challenges, and/or developmental delays, so they can have a platform to be visible in a world determined to sweep them under the rug.

How Your Support Helps Me Help Others

When you support my work, you're ensuring that I can continue to create and upload quality content on a weekly (I'm aiming for bi-weekly) basis.

This includes blog posts about specific aspects of living with chronic illness, how to manage chronic illness with dietary and lifestyle changes, and interviews with survivors and professionals in the chronic illness arena.

With your support, I will be able to reach a much wider audience and let those who still feel isolated, confused, depressed, and hopeless know that they are not alone, and they are not crazy. That their symptoms are real and their feelings are 100 percent valid.

Your support will help me reach out in a capacity I have never been able to before because I will be able to put my focus on blogging, outreach, and advocacy.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for lending your support to my ongoing mission to help those who have become invisible in our society find their unique place in the world.
Tiers
Admirer
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name on my website!

As an Admirer, you will receive my eternal gratitude. Every little bit helps, and your contribution to my work is what keeps me keepin' on!

Your name will also appear on my Patrons page!
Linewalker
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Share your link on my site!

As a Linewalker, you will be an official 'Linewalker'. As a line-walker, I will also display your name and website on my Patrons page.

[lahyn-wawker] – noun

1: A person who can connect with the physical and spiritual world simultaneously.
2: A person whose brain wiring has been permanently altered by trauma, thereby granting them access to sensory input neurotypicals do not experience.
3: A healer, medium, shaman.


Supporter
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Social media shout-out!

As a Supporter, your name, website, and 1 social media account will be displayed on my Patrons page. I will also give you a personalized shout-out on my Twitter!

You will also receive a free blue stress ball. Just send me your address!


Contributor
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Contribute to future topics!

As a Contributor, you will get the opportunity to contribute to future topics by emailing your questions, concerns, and topic suggestions to me, so I can build my work around your personal experience with chronic illness.

This gives you and the chronic illness community at large an honest and more realistic platform!  

I will also display your name, website, and 1 social media account on my Patrons page.

Influencer
$20 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Your topics first!

As an Influencer, you can email me your topic suggestion, and it will go to the top of the list. I will connect with you one-on-one via email to discuss your topic (it must be in the chronic pain, natural health, mental illness, wellness, etc. genre), and I will create an article around this topic and put your name and website/social media information directly into the piece!

Also, I will display your name, website, and 1 social media account on my Patrons page.
Co-Writer
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Let's create something together!

As a Co-Writer, you will receive an exclusive video chat with me to discuss your personalized topic. This can be done in an interview or brainstorming format, and we will both post the finished product on our respective websites, so we can connect with and communicate to a wider audience.

I will also display your name, website, and 1 social media account on my Patrons page.
Goals
$10 of $400 per month
When I reach a support goal of $400 per month, I will create and publish 2 pieces of content per week.
1 of 1
Hello, and welcome to my Patreon page!

My name is Jaime A. Heidel, and I am the founder and creator of I Told You I Was Sick, a website dedicated to validating, informing, and supporting individuals living with chronic illness.

My Story


From the time I was born to the time I was 22 years old, I never knew a day without pain. I suffered from chronic stomach pain, muscle pain, sinus problems, emotional instability, and learning impairment.

In 2002, a naturopathic physician told me that food was killing me, he put me on an elimination diet, and I learned what had been causing most of my health problems: Gluten intolerance!
In 2015, I was also officially diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

My Mission

My mission is to validate, inform, and support those living with chronic illness through my writing.
I want to be a strong advocate for those who are not taken seriously by their friends, family, doctors, co-workers, etc. by showing them they are not alone and connecting them with a wider community of individuals living with similar conditions.

I want to work directly with people who are living with autoimmune disease, chronic pain, mental health challenges, and/or developmental delays, so they can have a platform to be visible in a world determined to sweep them under the rug.

How Your Support Helps Me Help Others

When you support my work, you're ensuring that I can continue to create and upload quality content on a weekly (I'm aiming for bi-weekly) basis.

This includes blog posts about specific aspects of living with chronic illness, how to manage chronic illness with dietary and lifestyle changes, and interviews with survivors and professionals in the chronic illness arena.

With your support, I will be able to reach a much wider audience and let those who still feel isolated, confused, depressed, and hopeless know that they are not alone, and they are not crazy. That their symptoms are real and their feelings are 100 percent valid.

Your support will help me reach out in a capacity I have never been able to before because I will be able to put my focus on blogging, outreach, and advocacy.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for lending your support to my ongoing mission to help those who have become invisible in our society find their unique place in the world.

Recent posts by Jaime A. Heidel

Tiers
Admirer
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name on my website!

As an Admirer, you will receive my eternal gratitude. Every little bit helps, and your contribution to my work is what keeps me keepin' on!

Your name will also appear on my Patrons page!
Linewalker
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Share your link on my site!

As a Linewalker, you will be an official 'Linewalker'. As a line-walker, I will also display your name and website on my Patrons page.

[lahyn-wawker] – noun

1: A person who can connect with the physical and spiritual world simultaneously.
2: A person whose brain wiring has been permanently altered by trauma, thereby granting them access to sensory input neurotypicals do not experience.
3: A healer, medium, shaman.


Supporter
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Social media shout-out!

As a Supporter, your name, website, and 1 social media account will be displayed on my Patrons page. I will also give you a personalized shout-out on my Twitter!

You will also receive a free blue stress ball. Just send me your address!


Contributor
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Contribute to future topics!

As a Contributor, you will get the opportunity to contribute to future topics by emailing your questions, concerns, and topic suggestions to me, so I can build my work around your personal experience with chronic illness.

This gives you and the chronic illness community at large an honest and more realistic platform!  

I will also display your name, website, and 1 social media account on my Patrons page.

Influencer
$20 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Your topics first!

As an Influencer, you can email me your topic suggestion, and it will go to the top of the list. I will connect with you one-on-one via email to discuss your topic (it must be in the chronic pain, natural health, mental illness, wellness, etc. genre), and I will create an article around this topic and put your name and website/social media information directly into the piece!

Also, I will display your name, website, and 1 social media account on my Patrons page.
Co-Writer
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Let's create something together!

As a Co-Writer, you will receive an exclusive video chat with me to discuss your personalized topic. This can be done in an interview or brainstorming format, and we will both post the finished product on our respective websites, so we can connect with and communicate to a wider audience.

I will also display your name, website, and 1 social media account on my Patrons page.