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As a self-proclaimed introvert with extroverted tendencies, it’s not always easy for me to make friends. * Although people in my life may try to tell you otherwise. * This is why I am so so grateful for the internet. As annoying as social media can be, it also has the potential to build communities, families even. Instagram has allowed me to engage with people I otherwise would have likely never met in this lifetime. One of those amazing people being Nat!
I connected with Nat a while ago on Instagram. She mentioned finding me through my story templates. * For those of you who don’t know, if you check out my Instagram story highlights, you will find cool little Instagram activities, or “templates” you can customize so your friends and followers can get to know about you (and if you have a chronic condition, about that as well!).* When I found Nat’s page I remember scrolling through a few posts and immediately feeling like she was someone I wanted to know! A few DMs (actually, many DMs during all times of the night and day ha!) later and here we are! My Insta-internet-bestie.
Thriving with IBD
I had the ultimate pleasure of sitting down with my dear friend for a girl’s chat where we discussed (pretty much all the things!) everything from my diagnosis journey– from being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis to my diagnosis actually changing to Crohn’s Disease, racial injustice, health advocacy and activism and so much more.
I think my favorite topic was our discussion on perspective. We both shared some important takeaways that took us a very long time to learn. I’ve always battled with feeling like “damaged goods.” – A term I’ve used to describe myself for yearssss. I felt as though my condition made me less of a person, when in reality, it’s quite the opposite. Now I look at my body as an art form. It’s magical to think of just how much the human body can withstand. The fact that I am still here after everything I’ve gone through is a miracle in and of itself.
Nat also mentions a very important concept which is remembering the fight is not you vs. your body. It’s you vs. a disease. Your body is not the enemy and the moment you begin to view it as the ally it is, is the moment your perspective will change forever.
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