Shawntel Bethea

Patient Advocate

Shawntel Bethea, also known as Shawn, is a health and lifestyle blogger and freelancer. Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis during her senior year of high school, Shawn now uses her story of strength to raise awareness, show there is life beyond a diagnosis, and empower others living with chronic illness to become partners in their own healthcare.

Through her blog, Chronically Strong, Shawn gives an unfiltered view of what living with an autoimmune disease is truly like, sharing the trials and triumphs. When she’s not working, Shawn enjoys traveling and eating vegetarian pizza rolls! You can connect with Shawntel on: Instagram and Twitter @shawnbethea_, YouTube, and Facebook @chronicallystrongblog.

Latest by Shawntel Bethea

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5 Tips to Get a Fresh Start With Ulcerative Colitis

Do you feel like you’re in a rut when it comes to managing your ulcerative colitis (UC)? Here are some ways to press reset.

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How to Navigate Your Hospital Stay With UC

Unfortunately for those of us living with ulcerative colitis, trips to the hospital or ER are often more frequent than we’d like. Here’s how to make future stays go more smoothly.

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5 Tips to Help You Thrive Despite Ulcerative Colitis

Are you barely keeping your head above water with IBD? Shawntel shares her top tips to help you live your life to the fullest with your condition.