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Health Update: It Hurts. | Bronchitis

If you’re looking for something positive or uplifting, I’m sorry.. This isn’t the post for you.

Im trying to be ‘strong,’ but I must admit, I’m finding it a bit difficult lately. The days that should be my best have quickly become my worst. I’m trying to grab the time I have left in life and do everything I once couldn’t, but every time I’m one step closer, I seem to get many more feet behind.

No. Im not dying. Well, in a sense I am. We all are. – But I don’t think I’m dying anytime in the near-future. Honestly, I’m just tired. Tired of being limited by a condition very much invisible to most. I’m tired of being trapped. Trapped inside a body constantly working against itself. Trapped inside hospital walls. And possibly the worst, trapped inside my own mind. A mind where I desperately desire to be free. To wonder this Earth as if there are no boundaries. As if I’m fearless and the only thing that can possibly stop me is my own imagination. To live as though each day is my last and fully appreciate each and every breath and the mind blowing experiences they bring.

But instead, I am here.

Health Update: It Hurts. It really does.

Recently I took to social media, if you’re on My Instagram, you’ve probably noticed how I could barely get a word out without coughing up a lung. Yesterday, the aggressive, excessive cough became much worse. I was coughing so much that I began to make myself sick. I couldn’t eat. Couldn’t sleep. All I could do was cough and vomit. Initially I thought this could be allergies or maybe even a cold / flu thing. I tried to wait it out but after over a week, it only seemed to be getting worse. I decided it was time and went to the hospital.

I was diagnosed with Bronchitis. – A condition in which the airways in the lungs, called bronchial tubes, become inflamed. – Something I’m not a complete stranger to. I’ve had it in the past, but it’s never felt quite like this. With all of the coughing and vomiting my throat is super raw. I pretty much have no voice and on a scale of 1-10, the pain is about a 15. I’ve been placed on antibiotics, a prescription cough medicine and an inhaler. The cough syrup contains Hydro so it makes me superrr sleepy. The cough is still there, but I’m trying to stay optimistic.

The doctor said because of my condition and my immune system being compromised, my body isn’t fighting the infection as a healthy person’s (body) would. My advice to anyone, whether you’re autoimmune or not, if you have an aggressive cough that doesn’t seem to be getting any better after a while, see a medical professional. I so so soooo regret waiting so long.

 

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"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

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"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."

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"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
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" 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