By Alexa Federico, told Skylar Harrison
Before I became a lawyer for people with Crohn’s and IBD, my mother was mine.
“His nails are blue. Her grief was over. She’s really cold, ”she would often tell doctors about her 12 -year -old daughter’s horrible symptoms, but they didn’t pay much attention to us.
“She was just a skin girl,” one doctor told us. But my mother, a nurse, knew we needed answers. Something was wrong.
It started with fatigue and joint pain in my knees and soreness in my mouth. When my GI problems came on – stomach pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and low food intake – we are accustomed to many doctor visits and unanswered questions. We are accustomed to our inaudible voices.
I used New Year’s Day that year at the hospital. My 10 days were filled with endless tests – MRI, CAT scans, colonoscopy, endoscopy. Then, after days of repeatedly telling my life story – more powerfully than ever before – we got the answer. Most of the meat in my digestive tract was sick and I was diagnosed with low and severe Crohn’s.
I have my voice
That first hospital was not very comfortable, but where a strong seed was planted. I didn’t know it at the time, but having my voice in that painful seat wasn’t important to my self -healing, it was the way I could get others to sit. associated with IBD.
I started my first Instagram account as a freshman in college. The Allergy Food Diaries is an unnamed page where I start writing about the food I eat. With the help of an occupational therapist, I found that changing my diet and lifestyle was important in managing my Crohn’s symptoms. And so, I started sharing daily photos of my diets and diets, with the intention of connecting with other people in the IBD community.
“You need to start a blog!” A friend said.
Not at all My immediate reaction. A blog is considered great, very public. I’m happy with my anonymous Instagram. And I can’t. Soon, I wanted to increase people. I posted “live” on my blog on the first day of my old age and put a new hand on my first Insta.Girl In Healing – my face and my story for the whole world to see . I was not afraid. I’m happy – happy nervous. I knew I had a lot of knowledge and experience about my chronic illness and I knew I could help many others on the same ship. My goal is simple: to empower people with IBD to heal themselves.
Make a difference in people’s lives
As my community grew, the right messages started coming in.
You give me hope that I can live a full life even with a chronic illness.
My illnesses are exactly like yours. Good to know I’m not alone.
Your focus on healing ourselves – ourselves – has given me a traditional change.
Not everything can be trusted. i am,familiar to me a positive impact on the entire community. That’s when I realized that my Instagram is more than just a fun idea: It’s making a difference in people’s lives. Did I wake up scared from saying important things about myself? it’s true! But I relaxed myself in looking for work.
For a long time, I was committed to sending out practical advice on how to manage symptoms with diet and lifestyle. That’s right. I’m a good nutritionist, after all. But as I continue my personal healing journey, I know I need to go deeper. In my 20s, I began to realize that healing from an illness isn’t just about managing the symptoms – it’s about dealing with depression, anger, and stress. the anger that dwells in me. It’s about forgiveness – forgiving a health system that hasn’t failed me, forgiving my body, forgiving my sins. As my personal healing progressed, so did the information on my Instagram.
Today, I only spend a few moments talking about food because now I know that I am called to help people heal not only physically but emotionally. I hope to encourage people to restore their power to their own healing. I like to feel like I’m a pillar of strength for my community, gathering everything they’re going through and then creating helpful insights that can impact their own lives.
A New Chapter and a new Instagram account
In 2019, I hit rock bottom after I developed a painful disease in my abdomen and needed to have an amputation. I, of course, posted all the awesome information on my Instagram. I came out of that cutting to forgive, and that was the beginning of a new chapter for me. And a new Instagram account.
In 2021, I started @AlexaInWriting, where I share songs from my newly published collection, growing ivy: a song for victory, healing, and love. That’s the weakest thing I’ve ever had. It was the closest thing to expressing what I had experienced: trauma, physical pain, feelings of inadequacy, hope, and healing. I began to read my songs on the record, and to attach my face and voice to them.
I wonder where my Crohn’s story started, when no one was listening to us, when my mom thought she was crying under the water, it was like past life. Today, my voice is louder than ever, and I am not nameless.
I’m three years into forgiveness and I’m still committed to navigating the highs and lows of this journey with my nearly 10,000 Instagram followers. That’s why I call my name Girl In Healing – we always do. Our salvation is a journey, not a journey.
I was asked why my collection was so called ivy head. My answer: “Because ivy can survive after getting bad spots.”