K W Warburton is a writer and digital content creator. She founded The Reluctant Spoonie in 2017, starting as an Instagram advocacy account and growing it to a popular chronic illness blog supporting those newly diagnosed with a chronic illness. She is also a writer for The Mighty and is a member of the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. As a chronic illness advocate, K W Warburton shares her own experiences of being diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) in her early twenties to help others who suffer from this rarely diagnosed illness. In 2020, she published her first book to help those with POTS, The Reluctant Spoonie’s Guide to Living with POTS which also includes personal stories from other young women with the condition.
K W Warburton holds degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Management. She currently uses her professional knowledge to help people with chronic illness live more sustainably and create sustainable handmade businesses through her Facebook discussion group. She is passionate about supporting people with chronic illness/disability to pursue careers in the science sector. During her studies, she took part in her Universities’ outreach and marketing campaigns to encourage more people to apply for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) courses.
As well as being a knowledgeable scientist, K W Warburton is also a talented textiles artist who specialises in crochet. She sells her work through her Etsy shop to help support the running costs of The Reluctant Spoonie. She also donates pieces to chronic illness charities in addition to the Send a Sunflower letter writing service hosted by The Reluctant Spoonie which for those who are not able to send letters and cards themselves.
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