Allie Cashel is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and is the co-founder and president of The Suffering the Silence Community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding chronic illness and disability. Since starting work with STS, Allie has been invited to facilitate workshops and to speak about disability, inclusion, and storytelling at events around the country. She has appeared in a number of global media outlets, including Good Day NY (Fox5) and NowThis Live News, and has presented her work at a United States Congressional Forum.
Alongside her advocacy work in the illness and disability community, Allie works as a marketing and content development consultant for nonprofit and mission driven companies in the United States and Europe. Highlights from her current consulting work include managing the 2018 Our World is Kind Photography contest with Envision Kindness, empowering youth activism with The Service Learning Project, and bringing community voices into the marketing strategy and brand development at the social impact startup, Mighty Well.
Harnessing the power of storytelling, she gives voice to individuals and organizations working to create positive change in the world. Allie graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in Written Arts and lives in Burlington, VT.