Chronically Fabulous: Finding Wholeness and Hope Living with Chronic Illness

Chronically Fabulous: Finding Wholeness and Hope Living with Chronic Illness

Winner of the 2022 Goody Business Book Award for Health-Wellness.

When Marisa Zeppieri was 22-years-old she found herself face-to-face with a raven-haired elderly woman who had emerged from a crowd and gently taken her hands: "God will use these hands to change people's lives."

Years later Marisa's once-spirited demeanor was shrouded in anger and bitterness. Triggered first by a near-fatal car accident that sent her 100-lb body flying from a crosswalk and later by a painful Lupus diagnosis, she became stuck in a season of brokenness.

But in the seasons that followed, an insatiable emotional, spiritual, and physical hunger took over: She learned how to nourish her broken body with the help of food, herbs, and a gastronomically-gifted Italian grandmother, while also nourishing her broken heart and crushed spirit through a deeper relationship with God.

With Chronically Fabulous, Marisa fulfills the old woman's prophecy by offering pure nourishment to those of us living with chronic illness, helping us create wholeness and well-being through a love of food. Here, the founder of LupusChick, a nonprofit supporting those with autoimmune diseases, offers guiding principles, personal stories, and recipes that support whole-life thriving. With the depth, smarts, and spiritual advice beloved by her dedicated followers, Marisa shows us how faith, passion, and persistence can radically change our lives.

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  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506464114
  • eBook ISBN 9781506464121
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date May 4, 2021


Winner of the 2022 Goody Business Book Award for Health-Wellness


"The journey of those battling chronic illness can be a lonely one. Marisa Zeppieri's Chronically Fabulous gives hope to those suffering silently and reveals that there is a community of people who do understand."

Kazy Tauginas, actor, writer, producer, and president of New Lease Films

"Marisa Zeppieri offers us all an honest perspective of the challenges brought on by the reality of a chronic illness and using one's voice and courage to fight through the disease and build a new life. It is fabulous!"

Magdalena Cadet, MD, clinical rheumatologist, educator, and speaker

"Marisa Zeppieri shares her heart-wrenching and uplifting story in a uniquely delightful book, with the bonus of flavorful recipes."

Amanda Greene, LA Lupus Lady

"Marisa Zeppieri's personal story will grip you, her medical and nutritional advice will nurture you, and her heart will change you forever."

Tudor Dixon, news anchor for America’s Voice News

"Marisa Zeppieri is a masterful storyteller who brings to life the experience of finding your footing and finding your family within the journey to a healthier you."

Caroline Pavis, senior communications director, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

"Captivating and healing for anyone who is struggling emotionally or physically. Marisa Zeppieri touches your heart and soul and motivates you to trust that life has a purpose."

Beverly Goodell, director of The Lupus Foundation of New England