Wana is a community platform that fosters hope, direction, and healing for people with chronic and invisible illnesses. Think of us like the social network for health, specifically designed to help the millions of people who live with conditions like Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, endometriosis, and POTS, among many others. No matter what chronic or invisible illness you face, Wana will remind you – every time you log on – that you are not alone.
Wana was built by a team of people who live with chronic and invisible conditions and understand what our community members are going through. Our founders met by chance and connected over their shared health stories: mysterious symptoms, frustrating misdiagnoses, and a sense of isolation. As they bonded over their symptoms, shared advice about treatments, and supported each other in finding answers, their health challenges became a lot less overwhelming. They got better, together.
Wana was created for people like you and people like us. It’s the answer to the confusion, overwhelm, and loneliness that often comes with living with an invisible or chronic condition. At Wana, illness doesn't isolate us – it connects us. Whatever your health story looks like, you belong on Wana.
HOW YOU CAN USE THIS APP
- Share your story and connect with people who understand what you’re going through
- Get recommended matches and match with people by symptoms, age, and distance
- Chat one-on-one or post on the Wana feed to get answers and support in real-time
- Be a resource and shoulder to lean on for people who are dealing with a new diagnosis
- Investigate diagnoses, symptoms, and treatments with the WanaLibrary, our information powerhouse
- Go deep with top podcasts, books, and videos related to each diagnosis, symptom, and treatment
- Find clarity in the resources created and curated by our experts (MDs, naturopaths, nutritionists, and more)
- Get recommendations for treatments and practitioners that have helped other Wana members
- Uncover your individual approach to wellness, whether that’s conventional, integrative or both
- Find treatments that are a good fit, try them with support from your practitioners, and report back
Common diagnoses among Wana community members include:
- Lyme disease
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Common symptoms among Wana community members include:
- Depressive thinking
- Body pain
- Brain fog
- Difficulty focusing
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Joint pain
- Social anxiety
THE BUZZ ABOUT WANA
**Featured in Billboard.com story about Justin Bieber’s Lyme diagnosis**
**Also featured by Bustle and Thrive Global**
Download the app and join the Wana community today!
If you don’t see your diagnosis, symptoms, or go-to treatment listed yet, let us know! As Wana grows, the WanaLibrary will grow with it. Get in touch by emailing our community manager, WanaMama, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our inbox is always open to you, and we give thought and care to every message.
As always please seek a doctor’s advice in addition to using this app and before making any medical decisions.
Let’s get better together. See you on the app!
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Not as many Zebras!
It’s a new app so we have to give it to time, but the selections are lacking for my fellow zebras. If you are one, you know what I mean.
Couldn’t find majority of information for my major condition and had to type it in with a message that they’d approve it. Eek, I hope you’re not going to be part of those weird people who insist my illness doesn’t exist... the “things that helped you” list is also lacking. Sorry but not all of us have been helped by homeopathic remedies. And then there are some like me who use a combination of both based off of years of research and trials. Also just the fact I individually responded to it. More options? We’re sick and disabled. While you’re offering a lot of choices, this still barely scratches the surface!
I’m still willing to give this 4 stars. Design is good, no errors I encountered, and it’s easy to use. Just remember the rest of us zebras will you?
Developer Response ,
Hey NjGeeky, EDS and other rare conditions are real and we see you. Thank you for the 4 stars, over the past 3 months we have updated our diagnoses, symptoms, and treatments. While we had to limit it to 300 write-ups at launch, our editorial team is consistently working on the next updates to be added next. We added more integrative treatments at first because it is very difficult to find information online, and they have had a significant impact on our current community. Currently, we are adding several more western treatments and conditions that will be able to pertain to you. If you have any suggestions or feedback we would love to hear it. Also, a majority of our community has EDS and other "rare" diagnoses, that doctors would consider Zebras, check your matches to find other Zebras or write on the feed to find others. Please email email@example.com or DM WanaMama in the app about the conditions and treatments you would like to see on the App. Our community is shaped by our users, and we want you to have a safe space to find community and direction.
Edit: Thank you SO MUCH for finally adding a Notification Center! 😊
This app has already been a lifesaver and game changer for me! 🥺💗 I am a late 20s female with CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, severe depression & anxiety, Sjögren’s syndrome, hEDS, and dysautonomia. It’s been a really tough past 10 years and doesn’t seem to get any easier (although, you would think it would). I have been wanting an app like this for a long time and was so excited to download The Mighty, but some conditions and symptoms aren’t discussed as much there. While I still enjoy The Mighty, the community at Wana seems much more interactive and helpful. The one thing I would greatly enjoy is being able to search for people by location and to see other spoonies nearby (even merely showing people that have made their general location public would be nice). There might be a way to do this, but I have not figured it out. Other than that, five stars for this app. It rocks, and I know it will just keep on improving. Thank you so much for creating this gem for us “spoonies”! 🥄🥰
To get to the point, this app is a mixed bag. On one hand, it can be extremely useful for people with chronic illnesses that limit social interaction. However, it can be a little sus in some areas. Most accounts are of people just wanting access to a support group, but I came across a few where someone had a laundry list of diagnoses, and even more symptoms (almost all of the selectable symptoms). These people may actually be suffering from a host of illnesses, and if so, I genuinely feel for them, but the problem is there's no way to know for sure. Is the person claiming that essential oils cured their tachycardia legit, or are they someone with no medical training who is self-diagnosing themselves with every condition under the sun? Who knows! It also seems irresponsible of the app creators to provide a platform for "cures" that have been repeatedly disproven, and in several cases can cause actual harm. Please, fact check these treatments with your doctor. TL:DR, this app is good in theory, but not 100% in execution. I hope that they improve the app because I really do want this to exist.
Developer Response ,
We are so happy to hear that Wana helped you find some of your best spoonie buddies, viv658! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. If you have additional feedback, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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