Shawntel Bethea

I’m Shawn, I’d like to consider myself somewhat of an inspiration blogger. I share pretty much anything that inspires me, in hopes of it doing the same for my readers! I talk about everything from Lifestyle and Pescetarianism, to IBD and Ostomies. I hope you enjoy your visit! If so, be sure to Subscribe for More Awesomeness. Another big part of what I do is Advocacy. I like to empower people to be more than just patients, but partners in their own healthcare. I like to think I serve as a voice to those who may not have their own.- I work with various healthcare companies, sharing my story and opinions with the goal of improving life for the chronically ill (one small step at a time).

My story is pretty long, but to sum it up for you: My mother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when I was only a few years old. My sister and I struggled to live a semi-normal lifestyle by being raised between two homes: my mother’s (who was in-and-out of mental institutions) and my grandmother’s. – For fear of being taken away from our family, this is a secret we kept until we were of age to make legal decisions on our own. After years of symptoms, at 17-years-old I was diagnosed with my own chronic condition: Ulcerative Colitis, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I struggled with my diagnosis greatly. On top of being ashamed and embarrassed, I spent years on steroids and even went without insurance (and medication) for a while. Around 2013/2014 my condition began to spiral out of control (again). – It was at this point that I decided to take control of my health. I spent years trying various treatments: biologics, corticosteroids, you name it. Unfortunately, I never achieved remission. To-date I have had around 6 surgeries (small and large) related to IBD, 3 of which were for my Jpouch! – Meaning I had my Colon and Rectum removed and my small intestine surgically shaped into a “J” to essentially act as a Colon.

I’ve always had a passion for writing. During my Jpouch surgeries (in 2014) I started my first blog. A lot of people think that UC/IBD is all about the bathroom. – But it’s not. I wanted to show people that. I began talking about my surgeries, life with an ostomy and the pain of living with active inflammation. – But the surgeries were extremely hard on me. I stopped blogging for a while and decided to focus on myself. – After a few years, here we are again! In 2016 I started this site (formerly known as More Spoons). I love having a space to create and just share my voice and small slice on life!



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