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heather burgess fibromyalgia - pretty sick designs


Pretty Sick Designs was launched in Spring 2018 by Heather Burgess in Calgary, Alberta.

Heather first got sick with chronic illness when she was 13-years-old. It has since been 14 years. 

Her eardrum burst on New Year’s Eve 2003 and her health never recovered. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and POTS, she was incredibly sick. She barely made it through high school, having to take an extra year. But somehow she was accepted into a prestigious journalism program at Carleton University, in Ottawa.

After graduating from her undergraduate degree, Heather started graduate school studying political science. However, after a work term, she quickly discovered that she would not be able to work. Moving back home to Calgary, Heather knew she needed to put her health first. For three years, she rested, learned health management tools, and committed to pacing her activities.

Being at home so much, Heather would wear her pyjamas day after day after day. Finally, she decided to invest in some “rest-day” clothes that were comfortable but also cute. Then an idea struck her: a line of clothing made especially for people just like her.


In November 2017, she took a leap of faith and decided to start pursuing her wild dream seriously.

The goal of Pretty Sick Designs isn’t just cute and comfy clothes for people dealing with health problems. The heart of this project is to encourage and give hope and support to the countless men and women suffering day in, day out with a chronic illness. An illness that is invisible and so often misunderstood, leading to so much isolation and despair. This is a deeply personal endeavour because the people behind the clothing know just what each and every customer is experiencing.


This isn’t just a business. It’s a ministry that aims to build up and encourage every single person that stumbles across our website. Especially for those who buy our clothing. That’s why Pretty Sick Designs sends a special gift to each customer. Every customer is of the utmost importance. We want to be part of a vibrant community that supports and lifts each other up. So let’s do our best to help each other!


He Giveth More Grace by Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.


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