Lauren Vaknine, now twenty-seven years old, from Edgware, North West London, was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis aged two. Her fate had been decided for her – by the age of twenty she would most likely be wheelchair bound. This in fact happened by the time she was eighteen. Through sheer will power and with the aid of homeopathy, other complementary medicines and a very supportive family, Lauren turned it all around and is now healthier than most average twenty-seven year olds. In 2010, she wrote and published the first edition of ‘My Enemy, My Friend’, a book about her experiences with the disease and how she used homeopathy and power of the mind to turn her negative experiences into a positive outcome.
Aside from running her own interior design business, Lauren now acts as patient spokesperson for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and is the youngest ever trustee of the British Homeopathic Association. She is also working with the Health Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament to help improve paediatric care on the NHS. Since publishing ‘My Enemy, My Friend’, Lauren has become a keen public speaker and has given inspirational and moving talks in the UK and abroad. She has been asked to speak at Parliamentary events, conferences, hospital events, launches, private events and exhibitions. She is continuing to write and hopes to publish her first fiction novel in 2012.
Lauren enjoys reading, watching films, travelling, walks in the park with her dog and shopping. She now lives in Borehamwood with her boyfriend Daniel and their dog, Milo.