Lene—pronounced Lena—is an award-winning writer, photographer, and a passionate advocate for disability and chronic illness. Born and raised in Denmark, she’s had juvenile arthritis since she was four years old and has used a power wheelchair since her teens. Lene fell in love with words early and still remembers the moment she realized that stories didn’t happen by magic, but were written by actual people (which is a type of magic, nonetheless). At that moment, she knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Before she could get there, Lene sidetracked to get a Masters Degree in Social Work and became a policy wonk in the field of human rights. Her commitment to social justice continues to inform her work as an advocate, but a significant health event became the catalyst for returning to her childhood dream of writing.
Lene is the author of the award-winning blog The Seated View, several books on living well with chronic illness, and a columnist for HealthCentral.com’s rheumatoid arthritis site. She shares her home with a cat and too many books.