Welcome to Bijou by Becca! My name is Rebecca. I live in San Diego with my husband, Andrew and my dog, Tucker.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease and co-infections. I was able to go into remission after almost 2 years of IV antibiotics. I was working and attending college until I fell very ill again in 2014. I was diagnosed with Dysautonomia. This includes other illnesses such as P.O.T.S, Gastroparesis, Chronic Migraines, and mental health struggles. Sadly, I had to leave school and quit my job. I went on Social Security Disability. I felt worthless and helpless. I turned to Instagram, where I found an entire community of those who struggled with the same illnesses. It helped me feel less alone.
In 2015, I met my now husband through Instagram. We both followed each other under #LymeDisease. We found out that we had the same doctor too! We were a few hours away from each other but we made a long distance relationship work. It’s great to have someone who understands your chronic illness struggles. In 2018, we moved to San Diego for his work.
My husband is Jewish. By my own choice, I wanted to start learning more about Judaism. In 2018, I started attending a local synagogue and soon decided I wanted to convert. The next 2 1/2 years I spent my time studying the laws, beliefs and culture of what it meant to be Jewish. After an intense few years, I converted to Orthodox Judaism. For a long time my job was to take care of my health and keep a happy Jewish home.
The end of 2020, I decided to go back to school to become a Pharmacy Technician. I am now a licensed and nationally certified CPhT. During my studies, I decided I would take my long time passion and turn it into a business. Since being diagnosed with chronic illnesses, many of my hobbies were limited to being inside. I’ve always loved art. In 2012, I decided I would experiment with a new medium- Swarovski Crystals. Ever since it’s been a soothing activity that occupies my brain and helps relieve anxiety. I love all things shiny and sparkly!
In 2021, my health has significantly improved. I see 9 specialists regularly and I’m on many different medications to manage my illnesses. I am thankful for the healing in my life and happy to live each and every day.