Before I fell ill in November 2014, I spent most of my time advocating for people living in poverty through my roles with World Vision and other charities. I had completed my Masters when I decided to celebrate with a dream trip overseas, starting in the US. However, three weeks into the trip, I became very unwell. It would take another two years to determine the underlying cause of my health problems: Lyme disease + co-infections. I’ve since been diagnosed with POTS, MCAS, + autoimmune diseases.
In 2016 I decided to continue my education remotely & completed a Diploma in Counseling. I was excited to begin my counseling career hopefully, but then, my health started to decline more and more to the point of being mainly housebound. One day back in 2017, I had a lightbulb moment of how I could use a number of my passions for good while working from home, and in 2018, Teespoonies – an ethical tee company raising awareness of invisible illness – was born.
With Teespoonies, I get to combine my love of advocacy, ethical consumerism, + design. The response to the invisible illness tee, featuring the words “invisible illness” hidden under a breast pocket, has spoken to so many people and has truly warmed my heart. I am humbled to hear the feedback from chronic illness warriors who feel more empowered and courageous when wearing Teespoonies and feel proud to stand up and share about their illness.
Since the start of Teespoonies, my health has continued to decline quite rapidly, but Teespoonies has always been a constant positive for me. I am proud to have donated over 300 products to 30+ different Spoonie care box organizations. I also donate 10% of all profits to the Lyme Disease Association of Australia.