From My Head to Cyberspace: Why I Share My Experiences with Strangers

When I got diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age 21, the last thing that I thought would come of it would be that I would end up sharing my story with complete strangers.

The only things I knew for sure about my new life circumstance were that I was angry and sad, that I felt as if I had no control over what was happening to me, and that there was no way that I was going to talk to anyone about what I was going through.

Little did I know how wrong I would be.

While going through the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I was given the assignment to find a peer coach; someone who was also going through the program in my class who could help keep me on track and that I could brainstorm ideas with. After a few Facebook messages from Amruta, we decided that working together would be a good fit.

One of the first suggestions that she gave me was to start a blog of my own to share what I was going through. I’d always loved writing and felt that it had come naturally to me, so I was somewhat open to the idea. However, I was still very anxious about putting my new life with Crohn’s Disease out onto the Internet for everyone to read. After thinking about the assignment for a while, I realized that I didn’t have any other ideas on how to help myself deal with my new diagnosis, so I pushed my insecurities aside and began to blog.

As I navigated the blogging world (WordPress), I loved that I could write about whatever I wanted to. While I shared about my life with Crohn’s Disease, I also talked about the power of vision boards, the connection between food and our moods, my #ThrivingNotFighting mantra, how my education at IIN changed my life and about how important loving myself and my disease were in order to help myself heal.

At first, blogging helped me make sense of what was happening to my body. I was able to write about the ups and downs of living with Crohn’s and felt comfortable with being vulnerable and open on this medium. As I shared more, both on my blog and on social media in general, I noticed that talking about my autoimmune disease with other people became easier. The easier it became, the more I thought: “Why not share this more openly and honestly?

Sharing more lead to an opportunity to blog for an amazing foundation that helped IBD patients. By writing about things that I loved and utilized in my daily life to alleviate symptoms, I truly began to feel healed and find more acceptance in having Crohn’s, while also sharing important information that could help others feel better.

Sharing on a larger scale with people who were open to hearing about what I had to say made me feel strong and helped me find my unique voice. By talking about things that I was passionate about and that could also be utilized in the IBD community, I was able to find myself and figure out how I fit into this new group that I am an integral part of.

I used to be shy about sharing that I loved holistic health, nutrition, essential oils, meditation, yoga, supplements, and everything wellness related, especially when it came to talking about them in relation to my illness. However, I have seen first hand how integrating these tools into our treatment protocols could potentially benefit us, so I will continue to share my story and experiences.

It is amazing for me to look back and see how far I have come in relation to living with Crohn’s Disease. Being able to find a way to express myself through blogging has helped me in so many ways and I am so thankful that I started when I did. Without starting a blog, I’m not sure if I would have mentally and emotionally healed as much as I have.

Now, that I am in this wonderful space that is InflammatoryBowelDisease.net, I truly know why I started (and continue) to blog. First, I began blogging to come to terms with my new diagnosis and release all of the anger that I held on to for so long. Then, I continued to blog in order to find and strengthen my voice and learn to love all parts of myself. Now, I blog in order to share my unique perspective with with Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients and show them how to integrate whole foods eating styles and holistic health modalities into their treatment protocols so that they can feel their best.

I never thought that I would feel comfortable putting the thoughts straight from my head onto the World Wide Web, but here we are. Sharing my experiences with complete strangers has allowed me to ‘meet’ so many amazing people, help those who were seeking it, and share my holistic approach on living with IBD.. and it all started with one single blog post.

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