Thanks to blog troubles and a lot of personal stuff, it’s been a weird week here at A Southern Celiac. I meant to post one of these chats yesterday, but my daughter had an allergy appointment and it just didn’t happen. So, here we are, and here are two Chronic Coffee Chats for you to read over the long weekend! Once you’re done with this post, you can head over and read this one as well.
Without further ado, let’s meet today’s blogger!
I am Stacey, a lover of books, bravery, and brotherhood. People and words are the treasures I live for. I’m always in search of more time with both. They’ve each owned my heart as long as I can remember. I love tiny bookstores, deep conversations with friends, memes that make me laugh until I cry, “Your Mom” jokes (I blame this on my years teaching high school), the twinkle in my daughter’s eyes when she learns new things, the mischievous look my husband gets when he’s about to say something he thinks is really funny, the way my son says his little sister’s name with tenderness, and cold weather.
I spent many years knowing I was sick. but without a firm diagnosis. Today, my diagnoses include: CVID, RA, Lyme, Interstitial Cystitis, and Vasculitis
Q: What inspired you to start blogging?
A: When sickness began its hostile takeover, meaning it was no longer something I could hide or push through, I was lost. I had no idea where to turn or even who I was anymore. I grieved who I was “before” deeply. I launched chronicallywhole.com so others wouldn’t have to feel alone or hopeless. my hope was we could all journey and encourage one another together.
Q: Not only are you a blogger, you’re also a mom with chronic illness. What’s your best advice for other chronically ill parents or those hoping to become parents?
A: Structure your life and your home for success. In other words, set up help and support. Know that you cannot do it on your own and there is no shame in your game. Go in knowing you will not be like every other preschool mom and that’s okay. Different isn’t less than.Talk to your kids about your health and explain at their level of maturity. My five-year-old can explain to you that “Mommy’s ‘mune’ system that fights off bad germs is broken so she gets a lot of sicknesses, but hers is ‘berry’ strong.”
Q: You say you’re a teacher at heart. Do you think your teaching experience affects who you are as a blogger?
A: My experience as a teacher affects every part of my life. I think I’ll forever filter life through the eyes of a teacher. When I learn something new, I can’t wait to share it with other people. It’s part of what I love about writing, being able to share what I’m learning along the way in my journey with others. It also means I want everyone to succeed and to be their best selves.
Q: What is the main message you hope readers take away from your blog?
A: “While our bodies might be broken, we are whole.” You still have value and purpose. You are seen and cherished. You’re not alone. I’m cheering you on!
Thanks again to Stacey for being here today on Chronic Coffee Chat! I hope you all have a great Memorial Day Weekend, and don’t forget to check out #chroniccoffeechat on Twitter and Instagram for occasional bonus content!