One of the things we love to do at Wild Sister is honor individual Wild Sisters – for their achievements, but more importantly just for their being. Each of us is different in so many ways, and we’re all in different stages of our life and healing journeys. Getting to know a Wild Sister ‘face to face’ really exemplifies what Wild Sister is all about – encouraging women to love themselves, follow their bliss, and change the world.
Today, we’re going Sister to Sister with Delena Ciastko. Delena is an accountant by day, and is a handmade jeweler at Delena Ciastko Designs, wild sister, wife, mother, and autoimmune warrior by night. She is, without a doubt, an inspiration for many of us.
1. Tell us about yourself and what you do…
I am a wife, mother and stepmother. By day I work for an accounting firm crunching numbers all day. By night I am super mom. Able to single handily leap over piles of laundry while defeating evil math problems and cooking not so gourmet meals. All while running a successful jewelry company.
I am a #creativepreneur specializing in hand stamped jewelry.
2. One of the things I love about the Wild Sisterhood is how so many sisters have overcome and healed so much, often together. Can you tell us a little bit about your journey?
In 2011 I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis meaning my immune system attacks the hair follicles and caused me to lose all the hair on my body.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with yet another autoimmune disorder called Psoriatic Arthritis. PA is RA’s ugly stepsister. Both systematically destroy your joints causing severe pain and disability. My case is particularly severe and I have to endure a round of chemo every 6 weeks to try and keep me walking. So far it’s half working. Yay for that!
Despite all of my medical woes I am beyond blessed and thankful for my life. I have a tremendously fantastic husband who dotes on me; a supportive, close knit and loving family and great friends. My business is growing and soon (hopefully) I’ll be able to stay home and just do that and take care of my family.
It took me awhile to come to terms with my illnesses and truly love myself. I suffer from depression in regards to both and have to daily remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for. I truly am blessed and I love being me.
3. As you know, Wild Sister is a fierce advocate for self-love. How has showing more love, kindness and care to yourself changed your perception of yourself and the world?
Having multiple disorders has made me really take a good look at how I take care of myself. I have to show myself love and compassion and know my own limits now. I have to slow down, breathe deep and not take things for granted.
I think all the world needs right now is sweet tea, Jesus and a big hug.
4. Do you have any go-to self-love or self-care practices for stressful days?
On stressful days my go to is a mug of green tea, a heating pad and a nap.
5. What words of advice would you give to someone just starting out on the self-love journey?
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