ABOUT INVISIBLE WARRIOR
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
The road to creating Invisible Warrior began as many journeys do - with a diversion to what we thought was our path. In July of 2018, our founder, John Clark, was heading to an adult league basketball game, and suddenly found he could not keep his balance. Many weeks later, after countless doctor evaluations and diagnostic tests, he was diagnosed with Susac Syndrome, a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system is mistakenly attacking the lining of the smallest blood vessels in the brain, the retina of the eye and inner ear. This disease caused the sudden loss of a majority of his hearing (he has about 40% hearing in his left ear and only 10% hearing in his right), spots on his peripheral vision, and cognitive function issues (such as slurred speech, problems with gait, fine motor dysfunction, and short-term memory loss).
After months of struggle, adjusting to his new body, feeling angry at his body and the world, John decided the time for self pity had passed, and it was time to take action to help others who are facing invisible illnesses. His goal with this organization is to give those who feel they do not have a voice the opportunity to speak; to give those who feel no one understands a chance to find someone who does; to give those who feel hopeless a reason to hope again.
Please join our growing ranks and help spread the word that your invisible fight has been seen and recognized!