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A Mother’s Love: Are You Parenting with IBD? This is For You

Last year, for Valentine’s Day I discussed Self Love. – Something I really struggled with at the time.

This year, I wanted to discuss another very important kind of love. – The unconditional, powerful love that comes from being a parent. For those of you who have followed the blog for a while, you may know My Story. I was raised in a single-parent home, by a mother living with Schizophrenia. Because of her condition, I watched her battle daily. On top of the difficulties “healthy” parents face, she also struggled with a slew of other issues like balancing doctors appointments, disability, depression, medications. – The list goes on. I can’t imagine how hard it was for her. In spite of her condition, I know she tried the very best she could to provide for my sister and I. With everything, we always knew we were loved. I really wish there was a tool or resource for my mother growing up. A safe place she could go for tips, advice or just someone to talk to. Luckily for my IBD friends, we won’t have to face this struggle for much longer.

A NEW RESOURCE FOR PARENTING WITH CROHN'S & COLITIS

This is Brooke. Health Advocate, Activist and Mommy living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Brooke is the creator of the Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles and co-founder of IBD Moms! I’ve featured her and Amber (of AboutIBD) in a few of my blog and social media posts, including one of my most recents, 18 Lessons We Can All Take Away From 2018.

Years ago, Brooke dove into the “Mom community.” She’d gotten involved on social media and even began attending and contributing to events. – This is when she realized exactly what was missing in the IBD community and how she could help!

Together, Brooke Abbott and Amber Tresca started IBDMoms. A safe space to talk all things pregnancy and parenting with Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

A NEW RESOURCE FOR PARENTING WITH CROHN'S & COLITIS

” IBDMoms started from the two friends being able to share experiences and stories with one another, and other moms with IBD, without reservations or misunderstandings. After receiving a great response from their first IBDMoms hosted Twitter chat, they decided to build on the idea to help strengthen the community of moms who are often forgotten within the IBD space. “

IBDMoms recently was awarded the HealtheVoices Impact fund. A huge accomplishment and major win for the ladies! To learn more about Brooke, Amber and their mission for IBDMoms, or to get involved, follow IBDMoms on social media: Facebook // Instagram.



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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