“Hello everyone! I’m Kaitlyn ( @trusting.my.gut ). I am 22 years old and live with a whole list of conditions including POTS, Chronic Lyme Disease, PCOS, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Hidradenitis Suprativa, Psoriasis, and a few more. I became really sick during my first year of college, but did not get my first diagnosis until 2 years later, in 2020, right before lock down. Due to the world being shut down and being away from my college friends who had seen me become sicker and sicker, I felt so alone and misunderstood when I went home.
Weekly Warrior: Meet Kaitlyn
During this time, I began looking at advocates’ pages who had the same illness as me, which really helped me mentally get through accepting my diagnosis and new journey. Therefore, I created Trusting My Gut to do the same. I share the good and the bad days because I believe that in order to advocate for chronic and invisible illnesses, we need to not only share the “highlights” and the good days, but also share the really hard and raw emotions behind these illnesses. Since my first diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in 2020, the list has continued to grow and my health continues to be a battle, but I have met some of the most amazing people in this community and cannot wait to connect with more!”