I’m Shelby, and I am a newly licensed foster mom as of June 2020! In 2017, I was also diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Myasthenia gravis, characterized by muscle weakness in the voluntary muscles in the body (but more on that in my later posts).
My husband, Preston, and I have been through so much and have such a unique set of circumstances between my illness and our choice to become foster parents so young. So, I decided to create a blog to share our experiences, from my chronic disease to the foster care system, and everything in-between!
From the blog
- What Mother’s Day Means to MeMother’s Day has always been really special to me, because my mom and grandma are two of favorite people in the whole world. I love having the chance to celebrate them at least one a year. But in 2019, Mother’s Day became different. I had experienced a miscarriage, with two following shortly after. I DREADED… Continue reading What Mother’s Day Means to Me
- Time to be BackHello friends! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Life has been crazy in the best way. Let me catch you up. My side biz as a Pruvit promoter has skyrocketed and I have a growing team that I LOVE! We have two foster (soon-to-be-adopted) siblings, ages 5 and 6. Preston and I are… Continue reading Time to be Back
- Why Social Media is a Huge Part of My LifeA lot of people don’t understand why I choose to post my everyday life on social media. They don’t understand why I share about the good and bad – why I don’t just keep that to myself. I first started posting regularly about my life in 2017, when I was first diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis.… Continue reading Why Social Media is a Huge Part of My Life
- My Mental Health Roller CoasterAs you can imagine, my mental health is something I battle during my flares of Myasthenia gravis. But my anxiety and depression started way before then. I was always the worrier in my family. Some days, worrying was all I could do. I grew up in an amazing home with loving parents where I could… Continue reading My Mental Health Roller Coaster
- Our First Foster Care Placement CallHello, all! Welcome back for another blog post. I know it’s been a while, but if you follow me on social media, you’ll understand why…. WE GOT OUR FIRST FOSTER PLACEMENT! So, I wanted to dive in and tell you about our first call, how and when it happened, how we felt, and where we… Continue reading Our First Foster Care Placement Call
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I’m so excited about this blog! These last few years have been so hard for me, and it’s time that something helpful and beautiful comes out of it; thus, Chronically Caring. Right as I was graduating college, starting my career, and learning who I was, I had to let go of the life I was used to and learn how to cope with being chronically ill. This blog is about many things: becoming a foster mom, having a chronic disease, and my passion for self care and exogenous ketones. Enjoy!