I’m Shelby, and I am a foster mom as of June 2020 and an adoptive mom of 2 as of June 2021! 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 and adoptive parents at our age. 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
- ￼The Quiet of a Hospital Room Monday, October 25th, 2021 I came to the ED knowing I would probably be admitted. This disease is complex, and it’s easier to get treatment as an inpatient where I can be watched more carefully. For those of you who are new here or just need a reminder, I have Myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune… Continue reading ￼The Quiet of a Hospital Room
- From 2 to 4 … to 6?In May of 2020, Preston and I wanted nothing more than a little one running around our house. When we got licensed in June of 2020, we were given a capacity of two, meaning we could accept up to two foster children at a time. A year and a half later, our house is swarming… Continue reading From 2 to 4 … to 6?
- 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
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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!