May 09

DYT: Me, Type 3?

Cinderella Past Midnight

Cinderella Past Midnight

The moment I knew I was Type 3:

The day after my makeover, I panicked. I felt like Cinderella at the stroke of midnight. Even before the Great Type 4 Purge of December, I had had very little clothes in Type 3 colors. I had to scramble to find something to wear. I needed a shower, which meant I needed to wash my hair, which meant that I was going to ruin my fancy hair do and I’d never be able to replicate it again.

Worse, I had no idea how to be a Type 3. I had spent my entire life squelching all Type 3 tendencies. Was it even possible to change all of that now? If so, how?

I posted to my Type 4 Facebook group.

“And…cue the meltdown. I feel fantastic, but I don’t have any type 3 clothes! And I don’t know how to live as a type 3. And I don’t want to leave you ladies.”

Their outpouring of caring and support literally brought me to tears.

You see, chronic illness makes people uncomfortable, especially if they think “chronic illness” is code for “mental breakdown.” They just don’t want to be around that. As my health deteriorated and I was less and less able to leave my home, my friendships faded away. By the time I was homebound, I was alone.

So, when I found Dressing Your Truth (DYT), of course I chose Type 4. I convinced myself that I “needed” my solitude. It was much better than admitting that I didn’t have friends.

However, when all those wonderful ladies in the group reached out to me, I realized that I did have friends. Those women were my friends.

And friends are very, very important to me.

I really am a Type 3.

I’m rebuilding my wardrobe. I’m figuring out what to do with my hair. I’m letting loose and letting myself DO stuff. Because of my friends, I got this.

Cinderella was the same person whether she wore rich gowns or dirty rags, after all. Likewise, no matter how you dress me up, I’m still ME. Type 3 Me.

DYT: Type 3 Me

DYT: Type 3 Me


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  1. Erica Knitz

    thanks for your willingness to tell Your Story 🙂

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      I am happy to share my story!

  2. Donna Stajduhar Lines

    Very well written. I pray your journey only continues to get better and more empowering from here. <3

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Thank you so much, Donna!

  3. meagenm

    I’m so happy you are letting yourself be you! You are enough as you are, and your nature deserves to be honored.

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your support.

  4. anitanap

    I totally went and stalked out those videos of the live makeover. Oh my goodness, that was so beautiful! How’s it been since then? When Carol talked about children learning from unhealthy t3 examples and vowing they’ll never be like that… (or something along those lines) whoa, totally me. So, here’s for making friends with dynamic, passionate, fantastical and healthy type 3-ness! 🙂

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