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welcome…

I’m Kelsey Marie, a Chicago-based blogger and content creator who’s passionate about the power of vulnerability, empowering others to live a life filled with joy, and kicking-ass despite some serious health-related obstacles.

I’m here to share my journey to wellness because I haven’t been myself these days – I used to be healthy and happy – embracing a combination of hard work and optimistic thinking – believing that if I remained focused yet open to all possibilities, opportunities would come along that were even better than I could have planned.

Today, I have such tenderness for that woman. I want to sit with her and tell her that things are going to be more complex than she imagined and that despite being diagnosed with a couple chronic illnesses, she will not only be okay, she will also persevere.

My hope is that by sharing my vulnerabilities and struggles, this blog becomes a source of inspiration, community, and a reminder to others living with a chronic illness that you are not alone.

 
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it all started when

My journey began nine years ago when I started fainting and having seizures. After visiting a handful of doctors, I was eventually diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a form of dysautonomia. Even with medications and lifestyle adjustments, I continued to experience an erratic heart rate, low blood pressure, seizures and chronic fatigue.

Since then my symptoms have ebbed and flowed, but in October 2017 my body started falling apart again. To help curb the syncope and cardiac pauses, I had a pacemaker implanted in November 2017; however, I continued to struggle and search for answers. In February 2018, I was finally diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease and acute Epstein-Barr virus.

Fast forward to today: For the past year and a half, I’ve been on a medical leave from my job in the consulting world. I live in downtown Chicago with my roommate (who’s actually my brother!). I'm a certified yoga teacher, book and podcast enthusiast, dancer and avid (well, not these days) traveler.

While my current lifestyle involves plenty of rest, sleep, and excitement over being strong enough to take a long walk, I try to be thankful for these struggles that have shaped me, but do not define me.