"Lauren Vaknine, now twenty-nine years old, from Edgware, North West London, was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis aged two. Her fate had been decided for her – by the age of twenty she would most likely be wheelchair bound. This in fact happened by the time she was eighteen. Through sheer will power and with the aid of homeopathy, other complementary medicines and a very supportive family, Lauren turned it all around and is now healthier than most average twenty-nine year olds. In 2010, she wrote and published the first edition of ‘My Enemy, My Friend’, a book about her experiences with the disease and how she used homeopathy and power of the mind to turn her negative experiences into a positive outcome.
"Lauren now acts as patient spokesperson for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and is the youngest ever trustee of the British Homeopathic Association. She is also working with the Health Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament to help improve paediatric care on the NHS, as well as with MP David Amess in a campaign to teach arthritis sufferers how to live healthily. Their next Parliamentary event is Spring 2014. Since publishing ‘My Enemy, My Friend’, Lauren has become a keen public speaker and has given inspirational and moving talks in the UK and abroad. She has been asked to speak at Parliamentary events, conferences, hospital events, launches, private events and exhibitions. She is currently writing her first fiction novel which she hopes will be published in early 2014."
Resources and articles
- Lauren Vaknine About, organizational web page, accessed May 11, 2014.