“We know how stressful it is to live with something you feel you have no control over,” said Martel Catalano, a GMC grad who recently launched a nonprofit to help provide emotional support and educational resources for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
The nonprofit Beyond My Battle was started by Catalano and Nell Pritchard, who both live with different rare, incurable diseases. What started out as an online support group focusing on positivity and diversity has evolved into a nonprofit organization with big plans to address what they saw as a need for a network that isn’t focused on a particular disease or disability.
“We believe there is actually a lot still a lot within our control,” says Catalano. “It’s how we respond to our situation. So we’re focusing on a more positive, mindful approach that looks to reducing stress, building resilience, and cultivating mind-body wellbeing.”
Beyond My Battle looks to not only provide support and resources for people with medical conditions, but also their families, friends, and caretakers. “It can be difficult to understand the emotions of – and therefore support – a loved one who’s living with a chronic disease or disability.” Their resources will be accessible to anyone, anywhere, through their online platform.
Beyond My Battle will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on April 17th where they are happy to share a short video and proposal of their projects with you. They will have 35 days to reach their goal of $13,000. You can view the campaign and make a donation by following the link on the homepage of www.beyondmybattle.org