Laura and Tori

Since childhood, Laura has had to overcome enormous mental and physical challenges. She was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers-Danos syndrome in 2012, and this finally helped her understand the underlying cause of her condition. Instead of buckling under the weight of her incurable illness, Laura decided to do something positive and founded Facing Illness Together (FIT). FIT is an interactive site, where those with chronic conditions can find friendship and support.
 Laura lives independently in Surrey.


At 18 months old, Tori was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 2. A creative child, she was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age. She studied illustration at university and since then she has earned several commissions, including illustrating children’s books. Last year she organised a tour of Europe to promote independent travel for wheelchair users. Tori lives in south Devon with her partner.

Courage is Compulsory

Laura and Tori discuss the book they have written together about disability and the lessons they have for young people and their families who are facing similar challenges.