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Is It Time To Change Your Physician? Have You Done Your Part?

Hello friends and welcome back! I know I have been doing a lot of chronic illness posts lately but I promise there are some good Lifestyle posts to come. Be patient with me! I’m in a lot of groups for people with UC, IBD or a chronic illness in general and I’ve seemed to notice a trend lately: ... READ the POST

This article is about things to consider before changing your physician and ways to know if it's time or not.

5 Reasons Why You Never Get Over Miscarriage

This time last year I found out I was pregnant. My expected due date recently passed as well. I didn't know how I would handle it but in hindsight, I think I did okay. Probably because I avoided the topic completely. No friends or family really remembered and I actually preferred it that ... READ the POST

A women never truly gets over miscarriage, we simply learn to live past it. Here are five reasons explaining why...

10 Ways My Chronic Illness Has Made Me A Better Person

I am so grateful for my IBD. It sounds so odd to say right? Why would someone be grateful for their chronic illness? 10 ways my condition has made me a better person: Self-Love – I've always loved myself to a degree. I thought I knew everything about myself. My body. I mean I'm 24 years old, what ... READ the POST

This article is about ways Inflammatory Bowel Disease has made me a better person.

Gut Health Storylines

Hello friends! Welcome back! Today I wanted to speak with you again about the Gut Health Storylines app. My last review of the app I explained how it can benefit patients to use this app as it pertains to self care. This is a sponsored post that may contain affiliate links. I received ... READ the POST

This article is a review of the Gut Health Storylines app.

The “I Just Want To Be Normal” Blues

As someone with a chronic illness, I've found myself using the words "normal" and "healthy" interchangeably. I mistakenly call generally healthy people, "normal." I say things like "normal people wouldn't understand" or "normal people don't know how good they have it." - Truth is, these statements ... READ the POST

Does you chronic illness get you down? Do you struggle with the feeling of wanting to be "normal" .. this is for you!

Should I See My Doctor? How Sick Is Too Sick When Chronically Ill?

Hello friends and welcome back! By the title it may not seem so, but I did want to share a more personal post. Not all things personal have to tell your deepest darkest secrets… This post won’t do that at all. It does, however, give an idea of how I personally think and operate when it comes to my ... READ the POST

This article brings forth the question, as someone who suffers from a chronic illness, when should I see my doctor?

What They're Saying

"Shawn. I see what you're doing in the IBD community. You're doing phenomenal things! Prayers for your personal journey as well as I know it can't be easy."

Felicia Robertson, MD June 23 2017
2017-09-08T14:16:02-04:00
"Shawn. I see what you're doing in the IBD community. You're doing phenomenal things! Prayers for your personal journey as well as I know it can't be easy." Felicia Robertson, MD June 23 2017

"You're the best! So glad you joined (the Patient Advisory Council of ImproveCareNow) and I hope we can get to know eachother better! Looking at your blog girl it's amazing. You're a beautiful writer and fighter."

 

Natalie B, PAC ImproveCareNow, April 29 2017
2017-09-08T14:21:19-04:00
"You're the best! So glad you joined (the Patient Advisory Council of ImproveCareNow) and I hope we can get to know eachother better! Looking at your blog girl it's amazing. You're a beautiful writer and fighter."   Natalie B, PAC ImproveCareNow, April 29 2017

"Chronically Strong is an absolutely beautiful blog filled with information about Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Bowel Disease and Mental Health just to name a few. (Shawntel) has excellent healthy eating tips as well as a focus on overall wellness and nutrition, and recipes."

Leanne, Blogger, Aug. 2 2017
2017-09-08T14:26:29-04:00
"Chronically Strong is an absolutely beautiful blog filled with information about Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Bowel Disease and Mental Health just to name a few. (Shawntel) has excellent healthy eating tips as well as a focus on overall wellness and nutrition, and recipes." Leanne, Blogger, Aug. 2 2017

" I've never found you to be anything but inspiring. Your honesty is refreshing and I like when people keep it real. Makes me feel it's ok to be human."

 

Sara R, Sep. 12 2017
2017-09-12T22:05:16-04:00
" I've never found you to be anything but inspiring. Your honesty is refreshing and I like when people keep it real. Makes me feel it's ok to be human."   Sara R, Sep. 12 2017

Though mostly about IBD, this blog covers a wide array of issues.  Shawn covers complex issues, like how her identity as an African American intersects with her IBD.  I am taken aback by the depth of each post! Whether you’re a blogger or an IBDer, her posts are sure to offer tons of inspiration.

 

Collin, Jan. 9, 2019
2019-01-09T22:11:58-04:00
Though mostly about IBD, this blog covers a wide array of issues.  Shawn covers complex issues, like how her identity as an African American intersects with her IBD.  I am taken aback by the depth of each post! Whether you’re a blogger or an IBDer, her posts are sure to offer tons of inspiration.   Collin, Jan. 9, 2019