Who is behind The Unchargeables?
This community is set up by one but run by many. Read this page to meet the team!
If you want to reach any of us you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie van Scheltinga
My name is Natalie, I am the founder of The Unchargeables. It started as a Facebook page, later we (me and my fellow admins) added the closed support group for spoonies and for caregivers and now I have also built this website.
I am a single mother who suffers from Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease and Fibromyalgia. I can not keep a full time job because of my illness, so I decided to sell teeshirts online to support myself and my daughter. I use the Facebook page and support group as my own support system too. It helps me deal with life as a chronic illness warrior.
On this website I sell teeshirts and other chronic illness related stuff. So when you buy something from this site you know the profit goes to a fellow chronic illness warrior family in need. I also place affiliate links to different usufull things like relevant books and make a commission that way.
The Give Support button is for helping the community in any way I can. Learn more about the support button here.
Ami has been disabled for four years with DDD, herniated and bulged discs, spinal stenosis, severe spinal arthritis, and severe sciatica. She also has PCOS, Endo, kidney disease, pluersy, open heart surgery, COPD, PTSD, Carpal Tunnel, and manic depression. Creating this photo took a weeks worth of spoons away from her, but she wanted to showcase her passion. She was a Fire Performer, prior to becoming too disabled to do it any further.
Ami is admin of the Unchargeables Facebook page and both support groups.
Vanessa is a Spoonie mom with three kids. She has Fibromyalgia as well as several other conditions that range from sensory processing disorder to mental health issues. She enjoys managing a few online support communities for people with chronic illness, and helping spread awareness and compassion.
Vanessa is an editor here at TheUnchargeables.com, and admin of the Unchargeables Facebook page and both support groups. You can follow her daily grind here.
Welcome! I am a mother to four young-adult children (3 step) who are in varying stages of learning to “adult.” Between college, career, marriage and parenthood, they keep me on my toes! I have two lovely granddaughters that I get to spend the occasional weekend doing crafty and educational activities with (and then I nap for two days after!). While my husband does not always understand my fibromyalgia, he is still my best friend- and, believe me, he keeps me busy going (way) up north to my parents cabin most summer weekends, and often in the winter as well. He is the true outdoors guy- hunting, fishing, and helps my parents with their enormous garden, plowing, planting and being an all- around Mr.-Fix-It!
I read incessantly, and will read almost any genre. I enjoy travelling, especially camping, and I have camped throughout most of the US and Canada, as well as Ireland. Unfortunately, I don’t get to go as much as I used to, and I get really itchy feet to go! I also like to learn new types of crafting (you should see my Pinterest boards!) I have recently begun to do some wood burning, and I really enjoy many types of painting.
I am currently working from home on several projects after leaving a 25-year career in special needs services including: Braille assistant and paraprofessional in the local high school, ABA in-home therapist for children on the autism spectrum, and Daily Living Skills teacher for adults with disabilities. Helping others is an intrinsic part of who I am, and I am learning how to do this in new ways now!
Katrina is admin of the closed support group.
Marc has been a spoonie since 2006. When he got injured in the US Navy. This lead to him getting fibromyalgia and a host of other ailments as the years progressed. After traditional medicine failed to treat his conditions he tried the use of cannabis. You can read that story here.
Now, Marc is a cannabis scholar and blogger at www.fibroman.com where his goal is to spread cannabis knowledge and help break down the stigma that comes with medical cannabis use that he feels steams from inaccurate and misinformation about cannabis in general. Marc found a passion for helping people overall and has also taken on admin duties of the Unchargeables support group and our weekly YouTube show Plug In With The Unchargeables.
Kate has been a spoonie practically her whole life, born with Dandy-Walker Syndrome and Hydrocephalus she was first shunted at four months. The spoonie label didn’t come till some serious surgical complications left her relearning how to walk. Now she has also been diagnosied with Carpal Tunnel, PCOS, depression and the list seems to keep growing.
Kate is admin of the closed support group.
I am a former teacher and geriatric specialist. I am a current author and holistic health coach. My biggest desire is to help others realize that chronic illness is NOT a death sentence. Life can and does go on. I almost lost my life on my 23rd birthday due to Addison’s disease, which is total adrenal failure. It was caused by the stress my body struggled with because of my congenital disorder, Medullary Sponge Kidney. This disorder causes me to have daily kidney stones, pain and constant infection. Along with the Addison’s disease, life is a challenge!
But I will never give up.
If you have breath in your lungs, you have a purpose on this planet.
My motto, “When you’ve been through hell, leave sparks of fire wherever you go.”
–Winslow E. Dixon
Winslow is co-creator of the charging station
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