Health and Fitness

Managing Crohn’s, Becoming a Mom, and Starting a Business

Let me simply begin by saying that if I can do it, you are able to do it too.

My title is Natalie Suppes, and I’m the CEO of S&S Inventive Media, a social media company targeted on serving to girls enterprise house owners elevate their on-line model presence. I’m additionally a Crohn’s illness warrior who began my enterprise in the midst of a extreme flare.

In lower than a yr, I went from working a company job that didn’t depart me with a lot room to develop to proudly owning a profitable enterprise with 5 staff and rapidly rising.

I acquired pregnant in December 2019, proper earlier than the world shut down. I used to be in remission at the moment and stayed in remission all through my being pregnant.

I additionally paused any facet enterprise ventures I used to be engaged on and targeted solely on my company gross sales job. Though my dream had all the time been to begin my very own enterprise, I wasn’t certain what course to go in, and my being pregnant plus a world pandemic and a 9-to-5 job had been all greater than sufficient for me to cope with.

As soon as my lovely child lady was born, I skilled postpartum anxiousness. Due to this, I had a whole lot of bother sleeping and was continuously fearful. And I seen that my Crohn’s signs slowly began to come back again.

Should you’re a mother, you understand how busy these early days along with your new child will be. Add within the fairly excessive postpartum anxiousness, no sleep, and the beginning of a flare, and I used to be struggling.

The primary 6 months of my daughter’s life felt like a blur: I used to be in survival mode and might keep in mind many moments of my new child in her little child chair proper in entrance of me within the toilet.

As a result of I reside in Canada, we’re fortunate to have 12 to 18 months of maternity depart. As soon as the fog began to elevate, I had extra time whereas at dwelling with my daughter to consider my dream of beginning my very own enterprise.

I documented and shared my journey on social media — just about the entire “mommy influencer” factor. This was enjoyable, however I knew there was a lot extra to my dream of proudly owning a enterprise, and it rapidly grew to become one thing I continuously considered.

Due to my success on social media and my background in enterprise, a number of mates reached out to ask if I may assist them with their enterprise social media accounts. I used to be excited to do that for them whereas additionally having one thing to maintain me busy whereas I used to be at dwelling with my daughter.

As quickly as I took over their accounts, their companies had wonderful development. I knew instantly that this was one thing I used to be enthusiastic about and wished to proceed.

Though I wasn’t making any cash on the time, I took the leap and signed up for a social media supervisor course. It was $1,000, and it felt like such a stretch for me to put money into as a result of I didn’t know if I might be capable of earn my a reimbursement. I took time to speak it by way of with my husband, and we each determined it was the proper time for me to pursue this new enterprise.

This was a 6-week course, and inside 4 weeks I discovered my first few purchasers. I used to be elated about this new alternative and was working any spare second I needed to make this dream a actuality.

Throughout this era, I seen a rise in my Crohn’s signs. My Crohn’s was now not in remission, and if I’m being sincere, I attempted at first to disregard it. Finally, I booked an appointment to see my GI specialist, and he scheduled a colonoscopy.

Sadly, he discovered irritation in varied components of my colon and huge gut. There was a piece that was extraordinarily infected, and he was fearful that it was most cancers. Fortunately, the outcomes got here again unfavorable for most cancers.

However we nonetheless wanted to discover a therapy that might assist me not solely with the brand new signs I used to be experiencing but in addition with all of the irritation inside my physique.

The potential for surgical procedure was on the desk. Previously, I haven’t had any luck with biologic drugs. After excessive weight achieve, amongst many different unwanted side effects, I used to be reluctant to strive one other biologic treatment.

Concurrently, my enterprise was rising and I used to be signing purchasers. As soon as my maternity depart was up, I used to be capable of go full-time in my enterprise as a substitute of returning to my company job. However my Crohn’s was getting worse than it had been in a few years.

On the one hand, I used to be so excited, and on the opposite, I used to be terrified.

I felt like I used to be dwelling a double life. In a single life, I used to be constructing my enterprise, changing into the boss CEO of my desires, hiring staff to work with me, and signing massive purchasers. However within the different life, I used to be curled up in ache on the bathroom 10 or extra instances a day, throwing up, and experiencing excessive fatigue.

I made a decision to strive Entyvio (vedolizumab). Now that I’ve taken my first 4 doses, it seems to be just like the facet impact of maximum weight achieve that I skilled from different drugs is returning. If this treatment doesn’t work, my solely different choices are surgical procedure or trial drugs. Each are choices I don’t wish to contemplate however must quickly.

I’m nonetheless flaring, experiencing signs reminiscent of urgency, ache, fatigue, and extra. I’m additionally quickly rising my enterprise, one thing that brings me a lot pleasure.

That is a part of my story, a component that I hope reveals you {that a} Crohn’s illness flare doesn’t imply that you must put your desires on maintain. You are able to do something you place your thoughts to, it doesn’t matter what.


Natalie Suppes has been a Crohn’s illness warrior since 2007. She can be a mom, a spouse, a daughter, and the CEO of a profitable digital and social media advertising and marketing firm. She shares all about her pursuit of success whereas having a continual sickness on her podcast, “For the Success.”



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