It had been a lot of years since I was Corporate America Jenni or even Nurse Jenni. I wasn't wife Jenni anymore, and when my daughter grew up and moved on with her own life, it somehow changed the Mom Jenni part of me too. So where did that leave me? I felt like I had lost myself and everything that once made me who I was.
After a lot of soul searching, a healthy dose of therapy, and more emotional breakdowns than I care to remember, I realized there was one little part of me left that I had nearly forgotten about. There was still Writer Jenni. Sure, I occasionally wrote posts on my blog over the years, but what I remembered was that I used to write stories. Fun, fictional stories that were a great outlet and allowed me to flex my creativity muscles.
I found an online community for the chronically ill called The Unchargeables. I don't remember exactly how or when I found them, but when I did a light bulb went off. One thing led to another and I met Natalie, the founder of The Unchargeables, and she introduced me to The Chargimals, the chronic illness monsters that live in an alternate universe and have the same chronic illnesses we have. More about that in a minute.
The Unchargeables have a wide variety of support platforms which bring people together from all over the world. Through these platforms, members can connect and share their happy moments, sad moments, frustrating moments and even their scary moments with others who understand exactly what it's like to live with both visible and invisible illnesses. Small victories are celebrated for the great accomplishments they are because, after all, doing anything when you are chronically ill is much harder than doing it when you are healthy. The Unchargeables connect people by making them feel included, understood, and most importantly, by letting them know that they are not alone. AND, they have a cool store where you can get all kind of neat things that pertain to your specific chronic illness. I think that's what the kids these days call 'swag'!
But wait, there's more!! Meet The Chargimals! These are just a few of the 30+ monsters that are here to make living with chronic illness a little easier.
|Foggy, Annie and Pod|
These little guys are super neat and they have some really great adventures together despite being chronically ill. But the best part (because it's my blog and I can boast all I want) is that I am the one writing their adventures! There are some really big plans in the works for the these monsters and I hope you follow along and see all the cool things that are happening. What's really great is that they wait for me. I write when I feel okay. I don't have to keep a certain schedule and all my unpredictable illnesses just provide me with more things to write about. You won't find that in Corporate America!
You can find The Chargimals at The Unchargeables Shop HERE. You can find them on Instagram HERE and you can find them on Facebook HERE.
This is what I have been up to lately. Finding a purpose again.. Helping people again. Doing what I have loved doing since I was in the 4th grade. I'm Writer Jenni and I am elated that I rediscovered her.