You never know what random connections or interactions will ignite an unexpected friendship do ya? I am living proof of that.
Some of the friends in my life have come from meeting in college, my small hometown connections, or church gatherings. But there’s been this growing group of friends that I’ve connected with in the land of the internet. Where many of the bonds have been formed from behind screens, but with much heart.
And today’s podcast guest is one of those beautiful souls.
A couple of years ago I’d entered a beauty giveaway Stephanie Mora was holding on her blog, Stephie Estie. And somehow the stars aligned and I WON! (I’m pretty sure it was the first time I’d won a blog giveaway. And this girl was wide eyed and giddy.)
But anywho, since that giveaway Stephanie and I have become dear friends. Over the last two years we’ve bonded over blogging and navigating our lives with chronic illness. And I’ve love how we encourage each other on our paths to living our best life in spite of symptoms.
Today I’m just so incredibly happy and honored to have her sharing her story on the podcast! She’s talking all about what it’s been like to be one of the young ones living with Interstitial Cystitis, her journey to diagnosis, and the unexpected form of treatment she began earlier this year.
This is the kind of chat I believe reminds us of our own humanity. How unnerving it can be to search for a diagnosis when you’re certain something isn’t quite right in your body. The lengthy process that is learning more about your specific condition. And finding treatment, hope and community to help you along the way.
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More about Stephanie…
Stephanie Mora is a southern California girl who fancies herself a Nancy Drew of skincare with a generous dose of compassion sprinkled in. She was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis at the age of 20, which altered and helped shape her path later in life. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she decided to pursue her passion in skincare and became a licensed esthetician. Fusing her love for both writing and beauty, she created her blog, Stephie Estie, where she writes about makeup, skincare, health and cosmetic chemistry.