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I’m Shawn Bethea and I’m an African American, living with IBD

I'm Shawn Bethea and I'm an African American living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To kick off Crohn's and Colitis Awareness week 2018 I wanted to discuss a very important topic. - Being a minority with a chronic illness. There is a serious lack of resources and awareness for Inflammatory Bowel ... READ the POST

Not a Mommy | Finding Hope Post Miscarriage

Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm not a mommy. Years ago I Had a Miscarriage, it broke me. It tested me in ways I never imagined possible. It wasn't just that I'd miscarried - I miscarried my first pregnancy. The first thing my body had ever done properly. The first good thing that's ever come from a very ... READ the POST

How Ulcerative Colitis & Chronic Illness Helped Me To Hike A Mountain

I've always had a hard life and I'm sure many of you can relate. Challenges in life are essential and often inevitable, but let's face it.. Some of us face more than others. About a week ago, a few friends and I decided to a hike a mountain. - The pinnacle trail to be specific. We hiked ... READ the POST

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Awareness Week & Being a Minority with IBD

I'm super excited to stand with Tina, of Own Your Crohn's, on behalf of minorities across the nation for the new Crohn's and Colitis awareness campaign created by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. I highly encourage you to check out this initiative. I love it. By going to the site: ... READ the POST

Life with a Jpouch | Questions and Answers

A huge thank you to DripDrop for partnering with me on this post and helping you stick to your mission year-round. You can click here to learn more about sponsored posts. Going through the surgeries for my Jpouch was a very hard time in my life. It was such a mix of emotions. From pre-op to six ... READ the POST

Heroes Come From Unexpected Places

This morning we had another meeting in preparation for Gary's chemo therapy. For those of you who do not know, Gary, my grandfather, was diagnosed with Lung Cancer (something I talk about more: here and here). The overall prognosis isn't good, but we're trying... I don't really know a good way to ... READ the POST

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
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"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+00:00
"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+00:00
"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
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" 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+00:00
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