I’m Hannah Lemmon. I’m a 27-year-old Jesus follower, wife, and dog mom currently living on the Oregon coast. I work as a Mental Health Specialist and am currently working on my master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness. I’m passionate about using my empathetic nature and my own life experiences to help others. I strongly believe in the mind-body connection and the close ties between physical health and mental health.
In 2016, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease similar to Crohn’s Disease. (**To read more on Ulcerative Colitis, go to: http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org **) This disease has rocked my world in more ways than I could ever explain. I was devastated by this diagnosis and the reality that I would have to live with a very painful disease for which there is no cure. I had many fears of what this would mean for my quality of life, and I felt very hopeless and alone. I was then forced with a decision to make: to either accept the lie that my life was now over and give up on all of the dreams and goals that now seemed so far out of reach, or I could choose to fight back. I chose the latter, although, this was not simply a one-time decision. This is a choice I have to continually make, each and every day.
I decided to shift my focus from what I cannot control to what I can: how I take care of myself and how I am reacting to my circumstances. I began researching natural remedies and what has helped others with this disease, and I stumbled upon Danielle Walker’s story, which you can read about at http://againstallgrain.com/. Danielle’s story changed my life. She made me realize that I am not alone. Her story inspired me not only with dietary changes to help reduce my symptoms, but more importantly she gave me hope that it is possible to live a full and active life despite living with this disease. I also began going to the gym several times per week, mainly as an effort to reduce stress (which exacerbates my symptoms), and boost my mood. Through these lifestyle changes I have been able to find an entirely new outlook on health and a new passion for health and fitness. My husband has even taken on this new lifestyle and we enjoy creating health recipes together as well as working out together.
I may not be able to control a lot of aspects of this disease, but there are many aspects of my health that I can control, and my goal is to be the healthiest I can be, body, mind, and soul. I want to use this platform I have been given, along with my background in mental health, to provide resources for others who are struggling, a place for positivity and encouragement.
The purpose of this blog is to:
1) Encourage and empower others struggling with chronic illness, either physical or mental, or those simply looking for resources to improve their overall health
2) Educate others and spread awareness of Ulcerative Colitis and other autoimmune diseases
3) Serve as a creative outlet for me to express my thoughts and process my emotions as I continue on my own health journey
My hope is that by reading this, you will find hope, encouragement, and support in your own health journey. We are all in this together. ❤
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.” –Philippians 4:12-13