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
- Why I Left Social MediaI was told long-term prednisone use can cause blood clots and that only certain birth control methods could be used while on the steroid to avoid higher risk. I was told that while on my immunosuppression therapy, I had to be VERY careful not to get pregnant. I was told that the birth control option… Continue reading Why I Left Social Media
- How it FeelsTake a moment and think of your happy place. The happiest place you can be that gives you comfort and support, where you feel nothing bad can happen to you. Who’s in your happy place with you? A parent? A spouse? A friend or sibling? A pet? What do you have with you? What belongings… Continue reading How it Feels
- Time for an Update!It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but I promise, it’s for a good reason. Last time I posted an update, we had just become a family of 6. I’m happy to report our family of six is thriving. Not only that – it’s EXPANDING. Yes, you read that right. We are fostering… Continue reading Time for an Update!
- ￼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?
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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!