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There's so much more than meets the eye...

In walks a 20-something year old not-unattractive, confident, vibrant woman. She was prom queen, graduated from college with a degree in Mathematics, moved out-of-state to work for the U.S. government, earned numerous accolades for her years of federal service, volunteered to help the homeless, and now works full-time for a cybersecurity institute. She doesn't look like she's sick or struggling in this world - she's got it made! Well, that same woman has 5 rare chronic illnesses that make every single day a battle.

For 20+ years, I've fought against chronic illnesses and neurodivergence in an attempt to feel "normal" and fit into society. Now with this blog, I'm taking my power back and choosing to work WITH my "disabilities". Like many chronically ill and/or neurodivergent folks, I've always feared telling my story would come across to the world as whiney, weak, unattractive, or even WORSE - braggy since "it could always be worse".

"How does she do it all?" - You know what, many days I physically or mentally can't do something and many times I need help...and THAT'S OKAY. I'm ready to be brutally honest and share my struggles, celebrate my little victories, discuss cybersecurity topics of interest (and anything else that pops into my ADHD-riddled brain), advocate for chronic illness/neurodiversity in the workplace, show you my hilarious cat Wyatt, and more.

The Real Stem Sadie is a blog with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind and life - unfiltered, hilarious, academically curious, and random as it is. Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out!

XOXO, Stem Sadie


  • Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS)

  • Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) type 3

  • Hereditary Alpha Tryptasemia (HAT) 

  • Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)

  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia (IH)

  • PANDAS-induced anxiety, depression, OCD, dyscalculia, and ADHD.

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