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I Don’t Have A Dad, I Have A Gary

I don't have a dad. I would give you a long back-story, but I honestly don't have one. I don't think my "father" - and I use that word loosely, even knows my birthday. I'm sure he hasn't been around for one. I reached out to him years and years ago when I graduated high school, and again thereafter. ... READ the POST

When It Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

THIS is me. At 12AM. On my toilet. How much more vulnerable can it get?! I wanted to take this picture and share how I'm feeling in this exact moment because I feel it's important. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and one huge thing on my mind is how I'm always in this rush to "do more." I ... READ the POST

We Are The Change We Seek

We are the change we seek. I saw this quote on Gaylyn's Instagram and it really hit home. I remember being so sick. My doctor had just recommended surgery after I tried so many medications without ever achieving remission. I felt hopeless. I didn't understand why I, of all people, had to go ... 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

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