I’m Celeste, an impulsive spirit, spontaneous traveler, and lover of chocolate. A NorCal girl forever at heart, I relocated to Los Angeles after college to pursue a career in acting. After seven years of working in the industry—taking annual trips out of the country—I decided that I wanted to travel long term and left for China and Australia for a year. After returning back to the states, I became sick and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis—an autoimmune disease which attacks the thyroid causing hypothyroidism. This diagnosis completely turned my world upside down and I’ve been forced to live my life with new set limitations.
Because of this change in limits and priorities, I have made the decision to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I applied to schools and am eagerly awaiting responses for admission.
This blog focuses on the struggles that arise due to developing a chronic illness, and showing my journey towards becoming a licensed therapist so that I may help others who are struggling with chronic illnesses as well. I include my travel experiences both pre and post diagnosis to share what my life once was, and how I constantly strive to continue living without letting my illness take away my passions. My aim is to provide a safe space and give a voice to those who feel silenced.
I’ve never been one for convention or practicality, and strive to live my life under the motto: Let’s try it and see what happens. At the very least, it’s been an interesting journey.
**Please note that I am not a medical professional, and therefore any information obtained through this blog direct or otherwise is strictly relating to my own experiences. I do not give medical advice and any such advice should be sought out through your own medical advocate. I am not a licensed therapist and therefore do not offer any counseling at this time. Any advice or information given by me either directly or indirectly is purely nonprofessional. Should you need counseling, I urge you to contact a mental health professional.