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Beautiful Jewels and a Badass Crohn’s Disease Story

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As I sit down to write my first guest post, I think to myself.. “I’m pretty sure this means I’m famous.” I then look to my right at my well organized bead collection and to my left at my half eaten gluten free bagel and laugh. I do that a lot. Laugh at my own jokes. 

I am so excited to start sharing my story with you! I hope this can be a way for me to provide some encouragement, raise awareness, and maybe even share a few laughs. My story is one of millions as an IBD sufferer. 5 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I have always had stomach issues, but I honestly thought it was because I was lactose intolerant and enjoyed ranch dressing a little too much. Through my adolescence doctors agreed, too much stress and ranch. 

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Soon after my 21st birthday my health quickly took a nosedive. I went from the healthiest weight of my life to 78 pounds in 6 short weeks. Deep down I knew something was wrong, but I refused to admit. My dad calls me “Billy Badass” for a reason. “Sometimes Amanda, you’re a little too strong for your own good.” After 30 days in the hospital, a stupid amount of tests, and a life saving surgery I felt like I was being released back into the world with my life broken into pieces that I had no idea how to put back together. Thankfully I had an amazing support system of family and friends who took every opportunity to remind me of who I am: A FIGHTER. SURVIVOR. & BADASS.

This past year, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and own my story. I started an Etsy shop called “Rocks with Sass” and began donating a portion of sales to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. What a rewarding experience it has been! I have met so many people who share my struggles. Many who just need to be reminded that they too have been given this life to live for a reason. You are not alone.

Stay sassy friends,

Amanda Heslinga xx

 

Rocks with Sass Store Link

Link to Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Fundraiser Here

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