Chronic Illness · Ketones

Why Social Media is a Huge Part of My Life

A 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. I used social media as my outlet, as well as to educate others about my condition. I know that I didn’t need to explain myself to others, but it was easier for me than answering questions. See, when I was first diagnosed, I kind of fell off the face of the earth. I was exhausted, both mentally and physically. I was depressed, and I was lost. The Shelby I knew for 23 years was gone, and I didn’t know who I was anymore. 

When I finally went back to work and joined the world again, I had a lot of explaining to do to my friends, family, and coworkers. I found social media to be the easiest way for me to explain to others what was going on, without having to talk much more about it after that. I gave my explanation, and I moved on. 

But I realized that I was a rare breed. Many of my friends and family had never dealt with chronic illness, let alone in someone in her 20’s. So, I made my life learning experiences for others. I started posting about every doctor’s appointment, hospital stay, procedure, and surgery I had. I found a community of people just like me, and we bonded over our experiences in the chronic illness life. 

Two years into my new life, I found a supplement that gave me energy, mental clarity, and made me feel so much like myself again. Exogenous ketones have helped give me a purpose – I am learning how to take better care of myself with the help of an amazing team. So, of course I shared this game changer for me! I have watched exogenous ketones change SO many lives and I love learning more about leadership, selflove, and friendship. The company that I promote for has given me so many opportunities, and I’m beyond grateful. 

This really sums up why I choose to share my life so publicly on social media. Of course, there are many aspects of my life that I keep private or share with my close friends and family. But I love hearing how much I have helped and inspired other people. 

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