MarlaJan Wexler is 35 years old, was born with a complex congenital heart defect, and had 4 open-heart surgeries by the time she was 6. She went from pediatric cardiac ICU patient to pediatric cardiac ICU nurse until being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematous. Due to complications from the disease, she was forced her to put her nursing career on hold. Since 2008 she's been diagnosed with lupus and multiple overlapping autoimmune diseases, cervical cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy after a lump was found in her breast. MarlaJan is the creator & author of the blog Luck Fupus (www.luckfupus.com) which she writes about the struggles of living with multiple chronic illnesses. Her blog was used as a platform to help her become a patient leader and influencer, and she now travels the country attending healthcare conferences, speaking publicly sharing her story, educating and advocating for patients across the globe. MarlaJan has been featured in publications for WEGO Health, Medical Marketing & Media, Buzz Feed, Philadelphia Magazine, Advance for Nurses, Healthline, and many others.