Thriving with a Chronic Illness – Shelby Firsten, RD

“You have to want to get better.” - Shelby Firsten

Shelby Firsten is a registered dietitian. She worked in Long Term Care initially and then in sales for Nestle Nutrition. After the birth of her first child, she started to become unwell with pain in her feet and mobility was impacted. She tried to resume work; however, was unable to manage.

She was officially diagnosed with a genetic pain condition called hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) after the birth of her third child. Shelby has navigated this illness her entire life, unknowingly. However, her love and passion for nutrition has never stopped.

In this interview, Shelby Firsten and I shed light on:

  • Her journey with hEDS.
  • We need to process our emotions, and that can’t be done by yourself.
  • We shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help, talk to someone anyone.
  • Be aware that the lack of worrying is ok, it’s not as bas as we think.
  • Remember, your illness is not your fault.
  • To transform our life, we need hope, hard work and acceptance.
  • We need to process our emotions, and that can’t be done by yourself.
  • We shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help, talk to someone anyone.
  • Be aware that the lack of worrying is ok, it’s not as bad as we think.
  • Remember, your illness is not your fault.


  • The mind is powerful.
  • Not one thing can define you, but my illness was defining me.”
  • You have to want to get better.

How to learn more about the things mentioned in this episode:

Shelby will be launching a blog, titled “Shelby Lara Nutritionist” in January 2021 to provide nutritious and gorgeous recipes that can be made in under 20 minutes. Look for her on Instagram at @shelbyfirsten

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Lily Latner Otis

    Wow. What a powerful and wonderful interview. Thank you Shelby for sharing her personal journey. You are an inspiration and I really learned a lot from what you had to say.

  2. Gayle

    I was so thrilled to hear all of Shelby’s words. We connected when she was first diagnosed as this illness affects my family too. I’m so glad to know that you are in a good space surrounded by love and finding balance in your life! Thanks bringing Shelby on this platform Jodi!

  3. Joy

    Thank you for sharing your journey!

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