My name is Christie Chaump and I am a Reno, Nevada native. I am the youngest of three, with two older brothers who never fail to make me simultaneously laugh and get annoyed. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in December 2019 with a degree in International Business, a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish Language and Society. I completed my MBA at UNR in December 2022, where I also work as the Graduate Programs Coordinator in the College of Business.
In January 2019, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) after a few months of showing symptoms on and off. I thought that I had just picked up a bug while traveling in Spain, but my symptoms progressively worsened and I needed medical attention. Once I was diagnosed I felt a sense of relief knowing I could blame my symptoms on something, but also a sense of grief that I had lost the young adult life I pictured myself living. I had to make many changes in my lifestyle which meant reevaluating what I was eating, drinking, how much rest I was getting, my stress levels, etc. It wasn’t an easy road.
Luckily, I have been in endoscopic remission since February 2022. I gave up a lot of things in my life to prioritize my health first. Turns out it was the best decision I could have made because now I get to live the life I’ve always wanted and share it with others. Sometimes rejections can turn into a redirection.
This diagnosis has made me extremely passionate about spreading awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the illnesses that fall under this umbrella. My purpose with this blog is to not only promote health and wellness, but awareness of IBD. I want to share the small changes I made in my lifestyle to get to this point so that you can turn wellness into a lifestyle too.
I hope you will choose to follow me along this tough, but rewarding journey!