A woman who suffered from chronic pain and extreme tiredness from the age of 15 now makes more than £350,000 a year as a model.
Kristin Elise, 28, from Texas in the USA, was forced to give up cheerleading and was medically dismissed from university because she couldn’t sit through lectures.
After two years of doctor’s appointments, Kristin was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia – an incurable illness which causes pain all over the body.
She was given medication to manage her symptoms, but she still woke up every day feeling “like she was dying.”
Kristin said: “I had chronic pain throughout my body – like I’d been beaten up all over – and with that came depression and anxiety.
“In the beginning, the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and it took years to rule out all sorts of conditions like lupus and cancer.
“The thing that made it hardest for me was that I looked completely normal on the outside.”
She added: “The pain and the fatigue would cause mental health side effects which would get worse in the winter and I would spend more time in bed.
“I had periods of time where I felt good and then it would come back. It pretty much lasted like that – a good and bad cycle – for years.”
After struggling with her illness for years, Kristin hired a personal trainer to help her get back in shape. She claims the regular exercise helped to ease her symptoms.
She said: “I started doing weight training, yoga, stretching and dancing – all those things got me feeling better.
“I had a battle with my own body to get to those workouts, but it significantly improved my life.”
She also started using CBD products, began meditating and changed her diet. A naturopathic doctor also helped her understand she had a hormone imbalance.
In time, she managed to wean herself off the medication she’d been on for years. Now, Kristin says she’s “cured”.
“Once I got my hormones balanced it was almost as if that heavy dark blanket was lifted off my back and I was able to start living my life,” she said.
“It was like being given a second chance. I haven’t felt symptoms in a couple of years. It’s truly a blessing.
“I don’t know many people who have been able to reverse symptoms as much as I have, but I want people to have hope.”
Kristin claims she has been pain-free for more than four years now, and she considers herself “blessed” that she was able to get out of that “darkness.”
After getting a grip on her illness, Kristin decided to join OnlyFans – where she now makes hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
She uses her Instagram account, @kristineliseofficial, to show people what her real life is like and educates people about what fibromyalgia is.
Kristin now lives in Texas with her boyfriend Chance, who she says is very supportive of what she does for a living – and he even helps her out sometimes.
Kristin said: “I had several friends doing OnlyFans and I had already been selling my content on other sites so decided to make the switch.
“I had been modelling before it was around and now started selling the kind of content that made me feel confident, sexy and powerful.”
She added: “I get messages from people who are like, ‘wow this was really inspiring’, so it definitely gives them hope.
“A lot of people struggle with mental health issues and tell me that by sharing my journey in overcoming what I have, it has really helped them.”