In case you haven’t heard, Dangerously Normal Spoonie is coming to an end and Spoonie Sanctuary is beginning. Dangerously Normal Spoonie Facebook and Chronically Ill And Fabulous will be merged into my new page Spoonie Sanctuary

I have listed two blog posts below that explain it all, don’t forget to check them out!

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I have spent weeks thinking about this and weighing the pros and cons, making lists, worrying about it, before finally deciding that this is what I want to do.

Dangerously Normal Spoonie has been my blog since I got my Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Anxiety and Depression Diagnosis almost 5 years ago. And while I love this blog and the chance to help people, I want to change the way my blog is, as well as have a new name to go with the changes I plan to make in the next month.

Don’t worry, I will not be stopping blogging, and I will still try and help people, but I have felt like I needed to change the way I blog for a while and now I finally have the courage to do it, even though it means pretty much having to get my follower count up from 0. To me, this change will be worth it.

That said, I already created my new blog called Spoonie Sanctuary so please check it out and don’t forget to follow me to continue getting posts, updates and best of all, changes from me!!

For those who seem to have issues viewing links I post on mobile, message me and I will send you the link or you can just visit https://spooniesanctuary.com/

At the end of this month/beginning of next month, I will be deleting this site and completely starting over with my new site so this site will no longer be available! I will continue posting on this site until I make the final move, but I will also begin posting on my new site so don’t forget to check it out!!!

All of my Social Media Sites will stay the same, just with the new blog name, so don’t worry about having to follow all my sites again when I move to the new site!!

I am excited to begin the changes for this blog, as well as start a new journey and I hope you will join me!



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Explaining My Depression To My Mother

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Project Semicolon Founder Dies At 31

*****For me, personally, this has been really hard to hear. And, yes, I know, we weren’t friends or even knew each other at all, but it still makes me emotional. As a teen I battled Depression, Eating Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, Self Harm and other severe things as well. I am now a 22 year old Chronic Illness Blogger who found a way to make it through the toughest years of my life with the one thing I love most in the world-My writing. If you ever need to talk, don’t hesitate to call/text/message me anytime whatsoever. If you need someone, I am here.*****

Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, died on March 24 at the age of 31.

A death notice from Pfotenhauer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services in her hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin, says Bleuel is “at peace in Heaven with her father.”

The cause of her death has not been reported.

Bleuel started Project Semicolon — a movement to help those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide — in 2013 after her father committed suicide. Many supporters and followers of the organization have inked themselves with the semicolon symbol in solidarity. Bleuel herself had semicolon tattoos on her left arm (for her dad), the back of her right leg (for her best friend) and one on her left arm (for herself).

“The semicolon was chosen because in literature a semicolon is used when an author chooses to not end a sentence,” Bleuel told PEOPLE in July 2015. “You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”

Hundreds of people inspired by Bleuel’s work on behalf of mental health advocacy have taken to social media to express their condolences.





The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention released a statement expressing sympathies: “With her prolific semi-colon campaign, she brought real awareness to an issue that is often misunderstood and can be complex in nature. Amy’s life was a testament that one person truly can make a difference. She had a powerful voice that gave others the confidence to speak openly about mental health.”

A service for Bleuel will be held at Pfotenhauer Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Green Bay, Wisconsin, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

If you or someone you know needs support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. For more information on Project Semicolon, visit projectsemicolon.com

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You Are NOT The Enemy!

Julie, from Chronic Illness Bloggers, shared this in one of our weekly emails, which I LOVE seeing every week 🙂 And I just had to share it

guest post by Kerry @ Chronically Zen

When I was first diagnosed, the battle lines were clear: it was me against Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease had wrecked my health and my plans for the future. It was not going to win.

But over time, something else also became clear. My Crohn’s disease, my health problems made things hard on other people. The first few years, my brother was my caregiver. He took me to the hospital, helped me recover from surgeries, and listened to me when I was terrified of what my future would be. All the time, he was covering up his own battle with OCD, which I didn’t learn about until years later.

My illness also inconvenienced my friends and my co-workers. I could mostly be relied upon, but they never knew when my Crohn’s (or an extraintestinal complication or drug side effect or infection) would sideline me. Plans had to be cancelled; project deadlines slipped. People had to do more to make up for what I couldn’t do.

So the battle lines blurred. Instead of being mad at Crohn’s disease, I was mad at myself. I was unreliable. I was letting people down. I was making life harder on my loved ones.

Sound familiar? So often, those of us with chronic illness forget who the enemy is. The enemy is our illness. We, unfortunately, are the warriors and the battleground.

When you slip and begin to beat yourself up, remember:

You are doing the best you can. Even if you follow every instruction from the doctor and take every treatment, you will still have bad days. Do your best on the good days, and give yourself a break on the bad.

The people who love you know this. Your loved ones want what is best for you. They want you to take care of yourself, and, if you can’t do that, they want to help.

You are not responsible for how other people feel. Are your friends disappointed when you have to cancel plans? Sure. Is your spouse stressed out because you have to quit your job? Absolutely. But this isn’t your fault. It’s the fault of the illness. (I struggle with this myself.)

That’s all that matters. Whispering co-workers? Staring strangers in the store? Even family members who are not compassionate and blame you for your illness? They don’t matter. You, the people who truly love and care for you, your medical team: this is who matters. Don’t let anyone else make you feel bad for what you cannot control.

Your health is a battle, every day, and the war is a long, hard slog. Don’t forget who the enemy is. And don’t forget the ultimate objective: a full life despite it all.

image of shoes with quote: "As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed." Vincent Van Gogh

Kerry @ Chronically Zen
Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease over 20 years ago, Kerry has been through all the ups and downs of chronic illness. She lives in the South with her awesome hubby and her escape-artist puppy. She adores the Avett Brothers, coloring, and cooking competition shows. Currently, her favorite word is sanguine.

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Blog Updates And Special

I have made a few changes to this blog lately so I wanted to let those who haven’t checked it out yet what has changed.

  • First of all, we now have a subscriber popup where you can sign up for upcoming weekly newsletters, posts, and thoughts. I will keep tweaking the site and newsletters to make it easier for those of you who subscribe.
  • Secondly, I am very excited to share this with all of you. The first post for Thoughts Of A Spoonie, has now been posted!


  • Thirdly, I plan to add an extension to the popup that will allow subscribers to submit blog posts/stories/thoughts and questions that I will share on my blog over time.

And here we go….