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Dorothy Salvatori PhotographyMy name is Lauren Blanchard Zalewski!  I’m so glad you are here!

I refer to myself as a “gratitude addict,” because that’s absolutely what I AM – an addict of GRATITUDE!

For the last many years I have made it my passion to write about as well as share with the entire world about the power of GRATEFUL living and how it can help us to live lives of exquisite joy and wholehearted GRATITUDE.

What makes me different? I promote GRATITUDE for every situation as I feel its immense power can help to reduce the emotional effects of the many roadblocks in our lives.

I have lived with chronic pain/illness for 20 years, so my main focus is gearing my teachings towards others who live with chronic physical and emotional conditions. But at the end of the day, the lessons I teach are for anyone who wants to ‘up their game’ in the struggles of life!

GRATITUDE is the answer!

8 years ago I hit a rock-bottom in my life after losing myself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually to the effects of chronic pain.  I had turned to alcohol as a way to shut out the world and self-medicate my pain, and it ended up taking me down a dangerous and destructive path.  One that I am so GRATEFUL to have gotten out of!

I was fortunate enough to attend a month-long inpatient program devoted to dealing with the emotional suffering that goes along with chronic pain and illness. I got sober and immersed myself in studying about the ways we can take control over the emotional suffering that almost always goes along with chronic physical pain. 

A passionate student of the human experience, I have made it my life’s work to study and pass on the knowledge that I have accrued so we can all live our best lives despite our struggles.  7  years ago,  I began my own group called “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on Facebook.  Our main focus is on coming to a place of acceptance and moving forward with GRATITUDE to reduce the suffering we once endured.  We want to move on with our lives and live them in the most fulfilling and wholehearted way possible!

This complaining-free zone is a place of learning and bettering ourselves by using intentions, mindfulness, journaling, community, and connection, as well as practicing GRATITUDE!  We bring JOY back into our own lives by helping each other.  Our “little” group has now grown to over 6,200 members and spans 82 countries!

In addition, I host a live broadcast every Thursday at 8pm EST on both Facebook Live and on my YouTube channel called “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life”.    Each week we speak about a different topic relating to incorporating GRATITUDE into our lives despite our struggles. Viewers have the option to have their comments, tips, and questions appear on the broadcast screen in this town-hall type interactive broadcast.  Most weeks I have a special guest on with me who is an expert in their field and shares on various ways we can make our lives better despite the blind turns in the road that come our way in this life.

I have a few upcoming books to look forward to!  The first will be out with Rockridge Press at the end of November 2021 and is called, “The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Quick Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence.”  This has been a labor of love and I am so excited to be offering the gift of GRATITUDE to teenage boys who so desperately can use some in today’s society.  And early next year I will be releasing, “Chronically Grateful” which is my passion project and 5 years in the making!  Join me as I take you through how GRATITUDE can help us to live meaningful and joyful lives, even while struggling with chronic illness!  

You’ll also want to check out my blog page to read about my thoughts on all things relating to GRATITUDE and/or living with chronic illness.

My second chance at life (I call it “Lauren 2.0!”) has brought me to a place of becoming a teacher and a carrier of the light that was so tenderly and generously carried for me.  The wisdom that I share is simply gathered from my personal experience and learning-I am a seeker and forever student who is always looking for physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental breakthroughs and ways to ease our path to one of healing and wholeness.

Allow GRATITUDE to fill your mind, body, and soul to take us from a place of pain and suffering to a place of serenity and light.

Join me as I show you how!


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This week’s episode of “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life!”     Thursday, July 29th at 8pm EST  .

We’re back!!!

After a two-week break, I’ll be back this Thursday LIVE with a very special guest! I’ll be welcoming to the show Dr. Steven S. Overman, co-author of the book “You Don’t Look Sick: Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness.”

A few months ago I was honored to have his co-author Joy Selak on the show talking about this book from the patient’s perspective. THIS week we will hear about it from the other side….the physician’s perspective!

About Steven Overman, MD: “I bring the patient and provider perspective to health system analytics and orthopedic prediction projects at KenSci, a healthcare data platform and ML/AI analytic company. I developed at SEARHC, presented and am co-authoring a book about the Patient Perspective Pain Paradigm for the prevention of and integrated treatment of chronic pain. I practiced rheumatology 40 years and helped start the Center for Comprehensive Care and The Seattle Arthritis Clinic, both rheumatology integrated care practices. I directed MSK Planning for NW University Hospital, was medical director for Network Health Plan, a Medicare CMP, for whom I founded CAPPS, Inc., a MSK Consultation program, that reduced costs and enhanced patient satisfaction. I co-authored with a patient two editions of You Don’t LOOK Sick: Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness.”

Please connect or email: overman@uw.edu.

Join us LIVE for our interactive broadcast and learn what Dr. Overman has to share with us and ask him any questions you may have during the hour! *episode will be recorded for later viewing, however prizes and giveaways are limited to those joining us LIVE* See you then!

(All episodes are recorded for later viewing on my YouTube channel at: “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on YouTube”