The Laugh Always Spotlight Edition features guest posts from members of the Laugh Always Ambassador Community. Laugh Always has been created to highlight those difficult journeys and to celebrate the badass people that live to share their journey. This is the first edition of the Laugh Always Spotlight!
I want to introduce you to Melissa. Melissa has become one of our first ambassadors and we have been getting to know each other ever since! Little did we know, we are pretty close in distance and in age to one another. It has been great connecting with her so far and I only want to continue to get to know her and learn more about the battle she is facing.
She is VERY creative and her art work is on point. Only by scrolling through her Instagram will you quickly decide this also for yourself. She creates bullet journals and they are amazing!
Melissa has been battling Ulcerative Colitis and Celiac Disease. I personally know a few people in my life who have had a battle with this, and while I don’t know a lot about the disease, I do know it is a difficult journey; especially on the bad days. Please read on for Melissa’s story!
Lord knows I have seen some bad days but thankfully the good days are starting to outweigh the bad! When Lo asked me to guest post on her blog as a part of my ambassador role, I was excited! It has been awesome being a Laugh Always Ambassador as I get to share positivity with others as we travel through our different journeys.
Let me tell you all a little bit about myself. My name is Melissa and I’m 29 years old (the big 30 is only six months away! Lol). I recently got married in May to the love of my life and my biggest support. If it wasn’t for my husband, I don’t know how I would’ve survived my biggest flare up this past year. Also, I’m a Midwest girl. I was born and raised in Chicago then moved to Indiana after college. For my “real life” job, I am a social worker and I enjoy bullet journaling and being creative when it comes to my self care.
My journey with chronic illness started around four years ago when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and Celiacs disease. At the time, I was having some symptoms but nothing that couldn’t be patched up with some medication and a change to my diet. However, that all changed two years ago when my symptoms reared back their ugly head and showed their true selves. For anyone who doesn’t know what Ulcerative Colitis is, it is when the colon becomes inflamed and the body cannot absorb appropriate nutrients. Not only do people affected by Ulcerative Colitis experience malnutrition during a flare, but they also experience multiple trips to the bathroom, the inability to hold their bowels, joint pain, abdominal pain, and the list of physical symptoms go on and on. Emotionally, people affected with UC experience depression, isolation, and anxiety. Today, my colon is back on track of being healthier and happier thanks to oral and IV medications. I still have some bad days but thankfully the good days are starting to outweigh the bad.
One of the best things about my journey is that I recognize how strong I have become over the past year. If it wasn’t for the bad times, I wouldn’t have grown as I have. Not to mention I wouldn’t be as positive as I am today due to what I have experienced. I’ve learned to enjoy the good days more throughout my journey.
It was great having this opportunity and I certainly hope to get to know you all better! Please feel free to reach out to me on Instagram or my blog if you have any questions or just want to connect! Thanks for reading 😊
To connect with Melissa and to find out more about her, you can find her on Instagram @these.thoughts.are.mine and her blog is thesethoughtsareminesite.wordpress.com
Thank you for coming to Laugh Always and reading about Melissa’s journey. If you have a journey you would like to share in an upcoming Spotlight Edition, please feel free to contact me through the site here. You can also connect on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with Laugh Always. We would love to add you to our Ambassador group!