IBD grabs hold of your intestines and, until you hit remission, does *not* let go. It wreaks havoc on your insides, and until you get to a good mental place (I even went to counseling for a little last year), it may *try* to get a hold of your mind.
But DON’T LET IT.
Did I win Miss New Jersey? No, the FABULOUS Jaime Gialloreto did. I didn’t even make the Top Ten. But you know what I did do?
I tied second place for community service. I earned non-finalist Rookie, non-finalist interview, and overall interview.
I did NOT let IBD take my mind and my heart.
In fact, when asked what motivated me to start The Princess Promise, I told the judges it was the winning combination of Jesus and prednisone. I couldn’t sit and mope— and here we are.
Why am I sharing this? To brag? No (ok, maybe a little... or a little more). I’m sharing this so you KNOW that if a small town girl with an autoimmune disease can earn overall interview, you can too.
IBD has the potential, if you are struggling on your road to remission, to take your physical health and your ease of life, and if left to your own devices it may try to take your mind.
But please, for the love of crowns and glitter and all YOU have to offer this world—
Don’t EVER let it take your mind.
Power on, princesses— there’s work to be done. <3
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