Kirsten fell ill at age 5 with Still's disease, also known as systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and the illnesses just kept on coming. She grew up without much treatment and little medical attention, due to the lack of options available to JIA patients as well as insurance/money issues and an abusive household. It wasn't until Kirsten met her significant other in college that she became interested in health from an active - and activist - point of view. In seven short years, she's gone from a college sophomore (literally!) ignorant about her illness to an educated woman using social media to raise awareness and educate others. She has given presentations, spoken, and written on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation, Wego Health, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, and the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis just to name a few.