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THE SAD REALITY OF LIFE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS: Living, in Spite of it All

‘And here you are, living, in spite of it all.’ Waking up every morning, wishing you hadn’t. Or maybe just wishing it was all a dream. Wishing the circumstances, YOUR circumstances were different. In spite of the pain, you somehow muster the energy to shower. Only now you have none left ... READ the POST

WELCOME TO CHRONICALLY STRONG

Hi family! It's been a while since I've given a proper introduction to myself, the blog and  my YouTube Channel. Because there are so many new members to our Strong Family, I thought it'd only be right to re-introduce myself and explain what Chronically Strong is all about. I'm Shawntel ... READ the POST

Ostomy Resources: Getting The Supplies You Need

Many of you already know my story. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010, failed treatments and things in between, had my large intestines removed at the end of 2014, temporary Ostomy from Dec 2014 - Mid 2015. If you want to know more about my story click here Moving forward, if you've ever ... READ the POST

4 Work From Home Jobs | For The Chronically Ill

Being a spoonie is hard. You often run into issues you never expected, never prepared for.. Especially if you were recently diagnosed - You just started your journey so how could you possibly know what to prepare for? Well a huge thing to think about: jobs. Depending on what illness you have this ... READ the POST

Ulcerative Colitis Advisory Board

Sep 23rd – 25th , 2016 I had the honor of being a part of the Ulcerative Colitis Patient Advisory Board for a major pharmaceutical company. I was actually recommended by a close friend and fellow blogger, Amber (Didn’t know if she wanted her last name out there or not)! Just thought I’d give a ... 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