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.
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.
” 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.