Living with Chronic Illness
isn’t easy and is often misunderstood. It’s a delicate balance of honoring and listening to your body while trying to meet the world’s standards. As chronic illness warriors, it takes work, let’s be honest. To live our daily lives on top of managing a disease, medication, food, exercise, mental health and stress management is hard, freakin’ work.
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2015. Friends and family members were shocked that “health nut” yoga teacher me received this lifelong diagnosis without a cure. Autoimmune disease has changed my life in ways I cannot explain but it’s also made me stronger. What works for one spoonie doesn’t always work for another but together, as a community, we can lift each other up!
In 2017 I started NotoriousIBD and found the amazing chronic illness community on IG that continues to support and provide me with hope.
This site has been created to share all of the things that I have found helpful in my disease management and to share stories from folks like me who want to thrive rather than to just survive. From yoga, meditation, nutrition, medication, lifestyle and other topics, I hope you find this helpful and an extension from my heart to yours.
Thanks for stopping by and for listening. And if no one has said it lately, I see your hard work, I understand how you feel. You are doing the hard things. You are a warrior.
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