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Shawntel Bethea

Shawntel Bethea

My name is Shawntel, but I mostly go by Shawn. I like to consider myself somewhat of a freestyle blogger because I share pretty much anything that inspires me. On ChronicallyStrong.com, I talk about everything from lifestyle and pescetarianism, to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ostomies.

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 17-years-old and struggled with the illness for years. I've had six surgeries to date, including a temporary ileostomy during a three-step J-pouch procedure.

Another big part of my life is advocacy. I like to empower people to be more than just patients, but partners in their own healthcare.