Hi! I’m Becky.
I’m a 17 year old living near Chicago, IL. I like playing soccer, eating waffles, and spending time with my friends. I really like naps. My favorite movie is Monsters Inc. (for real), and my favorite ice cream flavor is a tie between Blue Moon and Superman. No, I am not secretly 5 years old.
When you look at me, I look normal. I act normal. I go to school, play sports, and hang out with my friends. But what you can’t tell from looking at me that I live with a chronic illness. And when you’re 17, “sick” is not the most exciting or relatable thing to be.
When I was 8, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system. And with that diagnosis and the medication I was given to manage it came a host of unflattering and un-fun symptoms.
As a kid, I never talked about it. There were times that I wanted to, but I didn’t know how. My friends would just get confused, and who could blame them? So I avoided the topic because it made people uncomfortable. And to be honest, it made me uncomfortable, too.
Eventually, I decided it was time to make up for the lack of awareness and online support I noticed as a kid. So, in 2016, when I was 14, I created this blog. I intended for it to be a place for other kids like me to talk about IBD and realize that they weren’t alone. I wanted a platform where I could raise awareness for something that affected me.
But as I continued to write, and to learn, and to grow, over the years I noticed something. Educating people about the existence of chronic illness wasn’t the biggest issue- people know that Crohn’s and other invisible illnesses exist. But they don’t know how to be mindful, how to see past their own stories, and how to support someone fighting a battle they don’t understand.
As I continued to explore this idea, my posts became less focused on just IBD and more focused on how we treat each other in general. So yes, while I am still “livin’ the crohn’s life” (and kept the same goofy logo for this site that I made when I was 14), my blog is for anyone, living any kind of life.
I’m still a lot like the 14 year old that started this platform. My ideas aren’t life changing. My stories might be boring. And I don’t have all the answers. But I am honest. I am hopeful. And I am motivated to build a society that has empathy, understanding, and compassion for every person, no matter what life they’re living.