Today I created a medical/ surgical mask and a matching bandana for my fur baby, Sunny. I love how the mask came out. It's is definitely more fashionable the the standard, generic medical masks.
Chronically Fit prides itself in making the medical community more fashionable one project at a time!
Remember, sick doesn't mean unfashionable. ❤️♿️💊💄
Chronically Fit's first customized wheelchair.
Chronically Fit prides itself on making the medical community more fashionable one product at a time.
Remember, sick doesn't mean unfashionable. 💕👄🎒👩🏻⚕️💊♿️
The Oley Foundation was founded in 1983 by Lyn Howard, MD and her patient, Clarence “Oley” Oldenburg, the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking. The Foundation also serves as a resource for consumer’s families, clinicians and industry representatives, and other interested parties. Programs are directed by the staff and guidance is provided by a board of dedicated professionals and patients.
This afternoon, I received a email say that I was nominated for the Oley Innovator/ Advocator award 🥇 The award is for TPN consumers who lead by example to promote innovation in nutrition therapy, or by advocating for fellow homePEN consumers.
I'm just filled with excitement and happy to nominated. I think God was looking out for me because had I been listed for transplant now I wouldn't be able to attend. Everything has a silver lining.
When I first became very sick and was unable to keep food down the doctors placed me on enteral nutrition (tube-feed). I was so happy to get out of the hospital after spending over a month inpatient. I remember when the Home Nutrition company arrived at my house – I was horrified with the medical backpack they provided me with. Black, dull, boyish, unflattering and unstylish are only a few words that could describe this awful backpack.
You may think a backpack is trivial or unimportant; however, it really impacted my mentality. I consider myself a girly-girl and fashion-forward and this standardized medical-grade backpack only made me feel worse
about my own health problems. I just wanted to feel confident with my tubes and my backpack. I began myself and looked all over the internet for other backpacks. After some online investigation, I was left unsatisfied with what the market had to offer me. The backpacks on the internet were just as unfeminine and unstylish, as well as being outrageously expensive.
Due to the fact that I found nothing that suited my needs in the market, I decided to create my own backpack. After some trial and error, I created a backpack that I considered perfect for TPN (parenteral nutrition) and tube-feeds (enteral nutrition). Due to being chronically ill, I am on quite a few support groups on Facebook. I posted the backpack I created for my tube feed and now TPN. Many mutual friends reached out to me, asking for similar backpacks. After a few orders, the company organically formed through word of mouth and satisfied customers. Thus, Chronically Fit Backpacks was born.
Customers claim that these Chronically Fit Backpacks give them confidence, hope and happiness. One Chronically Fit customer stated, “I’m proud to go out in public with my tube feeds and don’t feel ashamed or like I have to hide it. I told my mom I used to disconnect my tube feed before getting my kids from the bus stop, because I didn’t want my friends/neighbors to see me with it. Now, I’m actually eager to pick the kids up from the bus stop, because I am proud of this tube that’s keeping me alive.”
Being chronically ill is difficult. We do not need to add gas to the fire with unfashionable medical gear. I strive to help women struggling with lack of confidence due to their various medical conditions. I would like to transparently educate other people that sick doesn’t mean unfashionable.
Do you really what to know what a Chronically Fit Backpack can do for you?
Well, check out a testimony that one Chronically Fit warrior, Kim, shared with us...
Kim said, " I absolutely love it!! I went to my doctors office, and the PA complimented me on it. I feel so much better about having a tube now. Amazing how a backpack makes that much of a difference. This is also much more comfortable. Now I'm proud to go out in public with my tube feeds and don't feel ashamed or like I have to hide it. I told my mom, I used to disconnect my tube feed before getting my kids from the bus stop, because I didn't want my friends/neighbors to see me with it. Now, I'm actually eager to pick the kids up from the bus stop, because I am proud of this tube that's keeping me alive."
"I love this backpack more and more every minute! Thank you for this!"
Thanks for sharing Kim! Chronically Fit Backpacks love their customers. <3
I wrote an article about a week ago and it was picked up by The Mighty!
The Mighty is an website geared toward people with chronic illness and their families.
To read the article, check out the link below.
Inspired by the Chronically Fit Movement. Intestinal Transplant Survivor. Chronic Illness Fighter. Rescue Dog Momma. Follower of Christ. University of Miami Graduate. Shopping lover.