After a long journey, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2015. I found so much comfort in the online community during the early days of my diagnosis that I wanted to give something back. I started sharing my journey via my blog, Crohnically Blonde, in hopes of helping others who are navigating chronic or invisible illnesses. Once I started to see the power of vulnerability in action I began to share more about another topic close to my heart, mental health. I have struggled with an eating disorder in the past so I share my experience and recovery. I am also open about my lifelong struggle with anxiety and OCD, which was magnified during my pregnancies and postpartum. The more we talk about these topics, the more we fight the stigma!
In 2019 I began to share our journey of growing our family, specifically the challenges of managing Crohn’s Disease and pregnancy. Throughout my experience there were glaring gaps in support and information for mothers, especially those with any type of chronic condition. I realized this lack of support was also present in the area of maternal mental health. Over the past two years I went through training to become a Certified New Parent Educator so I could develop courses and resources geared toward addressing these gaps. You can check out my New Parent page for the free mental health resources I currently offer.
I’ve always loved connecting with others and using my struggles to help those who need it. Through CrohnicallyBlonde I’ve been able to do just that and more. For me it feels therapeutic to share my ever evolving journey and it gives me a great sense of purpose to know that the challenges I’ve faced can help inspire or empower someone else. There is a special place in my heart for everyone who has been vulnerable enough to share their own story with me and who I’ve connected with through CrohnicallyBlonde. I am thankful that my journey has led me here.