Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Unchargeables & The Chargimals

Due to my long list of chronic illnesses, I haven't been able to gainfully work in nearly six years.  When I had to stop working in the real world, I did my best to do what I could where I could.  Having so many unpredictable illnesses makes keeping a work schedule more than impossible. (Keeping any kind of schedule is nearly impossible!) So I just tried my best to be a mom, be a wife, take care of my family and make the best of the situation that life handed me.  Because I wasn't working in the traditional sense, or bringing in the income that I once did,  I always just felt like a burden.  As much as I knew in my head that wasn't the case, it didn't help my heart from feeling that way.  Over the years things kept changing, my daughter grew up, life happened, and the family I worked so hard to sustain suffered and eventually fell apart.  

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.

So what in the world is The Unchargeables? 👈 Click it! Go ahead, I'll wait.  You'll see that it is a community for the chronically ill.  It is named so because those with chronic illness are always low on energy and can't be charged enough. It's like living with a low battery.

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. 


Lora Caldwell said...

So glad you found writer Jenni again!

TheCrohnee said...

I am so happy that you found your writer Jenni! I have Crohn's Disease, and I am so happy to just get up in the morning and go to work. I have my days where I need to stay in bed, right now as a matter of fact. It is good to have something that you can work on, something to make you feel like you are impacting this work some how. I like having a purpose in this world. People rely on me to go to work and help them, and that makes me feel good. Thank you for introducing me to The Unchargeables, I am so excited to explore this website!

Jenni's Guts said...

Thank you Lora and thank you TheCrohnee! :)

Mary Dawson said...

Writer Jenni is amazing! Welcome back! 💕

Anonymous said...

You are truly talented and an inspiration to so many. I used to enjoy writing poetry and stories. I think I'll try getting back into that. Thank you

Jenni's Guts said...

Anonymous -
Thanks so much for the love. I agree, you should definitely start writing again. It's very therapeutic. Please join me on my new website at www.jennisguts.com for new posts.

Be well,