I'm Michelle! The voice behind Crohnically Blonde. At 26 years old I am navigating early adulthood the best I can because honestly who knows how to do this shit right? I just recently moved with my boyfriend (now fiance!) back to the suburbs of Maryland where I was born and raised after living in Baltimore City. I am a crazy puppy mother to two rescues who melt my effing heart. Charleston is my first pup who is almost two years old, has a huge personality, and loves any and all kinds of food. I'm his favorite person in the whole entire world and that better never change. My second little guy Rhaegar (yes, Game of Thrones reference there) we adopted from a local rescue after he suffered from debilitating gastro issues and underwent a major intestinal surgery. These boys bring me so much joy and happiness and forced cardio from taking them to the park and chasing them so they don't disrupt our neighbors. I also enjoy binge watching Bravo, testing out beauty products, anything that has to do with Nordstrom, and Mexican food. A huge part of my life is my battle with Crohn's Disease and related issues that I have had due to Crohn's. In no way do I want my illness to define me but instead of hiding it I would rather share my experience and own it. Hence the name of the blog. Everyday is a new adventure of trying to navigate what will or will not make my situation better. This blog is a way for me to document these things in an unfiltered and often humorous (I hope) way. What better way to combat a shitty situation than with lots of laughs.
Blogging is something that I started during my stint at FIT in New York City where I was studying fashion advertising and became completely thrilled that people actually cared about my ideas and opinions. Throughout college I blogged about my many shifts in career paths, living situations, fashion phases (the good the bad and the ugly), and my life in general! Eventually, I ended up landing a job as a Design Assistant where my actually job was 70% blogging so doing it on my personal time became more of a burden than a way to connect with people. Well, now here I am in a totally different career field as an Digital & Creative Account Manager and looking for an outlet to share my life that doesn't involve me bitching to my coworkers about everything that happens. I would like to keep my job please. Medical bills are expensive ya'll.
The goal of this blog is to share my experiences in hopes that others can relate. Just from sharing my story on Facebook and Instagram I have received a lot of positive feedback. Lets face it: people just get really uncomfortable talking about Crohn's/UC/IBD so it's nice to have someone out there thats just like "hey, it's shitty (literally), but let's talk about it." I know that is what got me through at the beginning of my journey so lets just say I'm trying to give back in a way.
Thank you so much for the support with this endeavor. I appreciate every one of you who takes the time to read and react to what I am putting out into the world. Whether you love it or hate it or think this is absolutely ridiculous, this is my life and I invite you to enjoy the ride with me.