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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.

IBD/ Crohn's and Colitis, Travel, Lifestyle Blog

I’m Shawntel Bethea, but I mostly go by Shawn. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and thanks to modern medicine and a sprinkle of Jesus, I had a few life-saving surgeries and now live a semi-normal lifestyle. You can read my IBD Story: Diagnosis, Steroids, Biologics, IPAA Jpouch Surgery here. In 2014 I decided to Share My Story in a Blog, which has since become Chronically Strong. YAY! – I love having my own space to express myself and share what’s on my mind. Since creating Chronically Strong I’ve talked to quite a few patients and have done some Advocacy Work. Originally I shared nothing but things related to IBD, occasionally some Mental Health, but my blog has really transformed since then. – Mainly because of how much I have transformed! I went from a small, timid little girl, to a small, somewhat more open young women! Lol, kidding. My views of the world have changed so much. My wants and dreams. My condition has inspired me to go further, try harder and experience life in a way I never have before. Chronically Strong isn’t just about IBD and neither am I!

I try to use my work and story to inspire and empower patients to become partners in their own healthcare. I also aim to normalize conversations about IBD and Mental Health.

Chronically Strong is Pretty Simple

These images are included in just about every post on this site:

They are pin-able images! So if you ever want to save a post or share with friends, just hover over the images to pin to your boards!

So you don’t miss anything, be sure to Subscribe Here.

If you’re someone living with a chronic condition yourself, check out my Resource Page! There’s pretty handy info there.

You can easily support Chronically Strong by simply spreading the word! That’s right. Every tweet and Facebook post count! The more you share, the more our family grows.

If you’re looking for ways to financially support Chronically Strong, there’s two! One, donations. Donations are accepted and more than welcomed! All funds received go to the upkeep and associated work of Chronically Strong. You can make a donation by Clicking Here.

You can also support the blog by simply shopping! That’s right. If you use the Chronically Strong Amazon Link, a portion of your sale will come here. *At no additional cost to you*

When you get a chance, don’t forget to check out the Chronically Strong Disclaimer. It has information on donations, sponsored posts and more.

Interested in a collab? Check out the Work With Me page for more info on how to connect!

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I started blogging about Mental Health because My Mother Was Diagnosed with Schizophrenia. It complicated things growing up and I didn’t talk about it for a long time. In my adulthood, I was diagnosed with an Anxiety-Depression disorder. I think it’s important to talk about these things and break the stigma.

 

 

 

Chronically Strong is more than just a blog, it’s a place of comfort. A place of hope.

Let's have a conversation! Leave a comment!

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+00:00
"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+00:00
"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+00:00
"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+00:00
" 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+00:00
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