Monday, July 24th, 2017 Faith,Lifestyle,Wellness

How to be radiantly beautiful each and every day

Note: This isn’t just another cliche and stereotypical “you are beautiful” post. I’ll never forget when the doctor hit me with the news. I’d have to live the rest of my life with an ileostomy bag on my stomach. There’s really nothing quite like the news that your physical body is going to be permanently

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Monday, June 12th, 2017 Faith,Wellness

What does it mean to have an “All Things” faith?

For a period of about five years, I was in and out of the hospital for weeks at a time for complications with my Crohn’s Disease. Each time that I was in the hospital, I would find some colored markers and a blank sheet of paper so that I could hang this verse by my

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Thursday, June 8th, 2017 Lifestyle,Wellness

On Growing Up With Chronic Illness

This post is from July 14, 2015. It was a partnership between Inspire, a company that builds and manages online support communities for patients and caregivers, and Standford’s Scope Medical Blog. See the full article here. As a child who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of nine, I learned to give my power over

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 Wellness

The side of my ostomy story I haven't yet told…

October 3rd isn’t just another day for me. It’s a day that equally brings up a lot of emotion and a lot of gratitude. October 3rd is World Ostomy Day. On the eve of World Ostomy Day, I’m sitting here in my local coffee shop reflecting on just how far I’ve come. Just a few

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Monday, June 29th, 2015 Wellness

#ROCKTHEBAG

Everybody’s Got a Story Babe. I know firsthand how scary dealing with a chronic disease is. I also know how frightening it is to be told that it’s time for surgery. No more options…an ostomy bag is all you’ve got to look forward to…or is it? I’ve learned how to #ROCKTHEBAG and I want to help

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 Wellness

I love my body (ostomy bag + all). Here's how:

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi I’m 28 years young and I have an ileostomy. An ileostomy is a bag permanently attached to my lower belly. It contains poop. Yep. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of why this had to happen (you can learn more about that here), it

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