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—WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE MATTERS.
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Lately, I’ve been eating out a lot. While I haven’t strayed from the standard eats, I’ve noticed a big spike of inflammatory responses in my body. Still eating out when your body is reacting can be a difficult task. I’m not the type of person to just watch others eat; I find community in sharing meals w/ loved ones, esp. during the holidays. Case in point: this grilled wild albacore Niçoise salad from Urban Plates, which looks great, tasted great, was made with all the foods my body doesn’t react to, yet I still had a reaction caused by something I couldn’t see on my plate. This picture of pretty food is the classic don’t judge a book by it’s cover example. While Urban Plates is known as a healthy & sustainably sourced restaurant, I’ve since found out (via @hollyskeepingitreal) that they use canola oil to cook their food.
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Canola oil is a refined, genetically modified oil that is highly inflammatory, can cause kidney & liver problems, hypertension & strokes, stunts growth in children, promotes cancer & suppresses the immune system. It also surprised me to find that Whole Foods cooks their salad bar items in canola oil as well. I’ve enjoyed both of these places but unfortunately now have to be much more mindful of what I put on my plate when out. While Whole Foods transparently lists the ingredients so I know what to steer clear of (🙏🏼), Urban Plates does not state what it cooks it’s food in. Holly had to speak with a chef to find out that canola oil is used. It’s a hard gamble when you’re out to eat & you have an autoimmune disease that prompts easy reactions.
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I wanted to share these experiences b/c I’d been eliminating even more foods to reduce inflammation when I should’ve been thinking of what my food was being cooked in instead. Find places that you can trust & make them your go-to’s. Going to a new place? Just ask. If you’re eating anything cooked, be aware there is an oil, sauce or butter being used that is not listed on the menu under the ingredient description. Obviously, eating at home is the best way to be proactive but sometimes it’s just so worth it not having dishes to do 🤷🏻‍♀️.
—WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE MATTERS. - Lately, I’ve been eating out a lot. While I haven’t strayed from the standard eats, I’ve noticed a big spike of inflammatory responses in my body. Still eating out when your body is reacting can be a difficult task. I’m not the type of person to just watch others eat; I find community in sharing meals w/ loved ones, esp. during the holidays. Case in point: this grilled wild albacore Niçoise salad from Urban Plates, which looks great, tasted great, was made with all the foods my body doesn’t react to, yet I still had a reaction caused by something I couldn’t see on my plate. This picture of pretty food is the classic don’t judge a book by it’s cover example. While Urban Plates is known as a healthy & sustainably sourced restaurant, I’ve since found out (via @hollyskeepingitreal) that they use canola oil to cook their food. - Canola oil is a refined, genetically modified oil that is highly inflammatory, can cause kidney & liver problems, hypertension & strokes, stunts growth in children, promotes cancer & suppresses the immune system. It also surprised me to find that Whole Foods cooks their salad bar items in canola oil as well. I’ve enjoyed both of these places but unfortunately now have to be much more mindful of what I put on my plate when out. While Whole Foods transparently lists the ingredients so I know what to steer clear of (🙏🏼), Urban Plates does not state what it cooks it’s food in. Holly had to speak with a chef to find out that canola oil is used. It’s a hard gamble when you’re out to eat & you have an autoimmune disease that prompts easy reactions. - I wanted to share these experiences b/c I’d been eliminating even more foods to reduce inflammation when I should’ve been thinking of what my food was being cooked in instead. Find places that you can trust & make them your go-to’s. Going to a new place? Just ask. If you’re eating anything cooked, be aware there is an oil, sauce or butter being used that is not listed on the menu under the ingredient description. Obviously, eating at home is the best way to be proactive but sometimes it’s just so worth it not having dishes to do 🤷🏻‍♀️.
Fakest smile award goes to this chick 🏆😂 I escaped from hospi today and now my energy levels are -3747284...oops, probably wasn't a wise idea but what can ya do? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Still cracking jokes left, right and centre despite my diet being mushy cornflakes and avocado on rice cakes 😂
Fakest smile award goes to this chick 🏆😂 I escaped from hospi today and now my energy levels are -3747284...oops, probably wasn't a wise idea but what can ya do? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Still cracking jokes left, right and centre despite my diet being mushy cornflakes and avocado on rice cakes 😂
Happy #caturday 😘 told my mum and Sam that I'd lost 5 lbs since coming off the steroids a few weeks ago and they both said it must have all come off of my face! The #predhead is real 🌝 I'm not too rough tonight, but I've been really sick the past week (which is why I've not been posting much recently), but I'll hopefully be starting infliximab infusions in the new year so, fingers crossed, that will sort me out! 🏥 If you're on/have tried infliximab/remicade, how did you find it? Do you have any tips? 😊 #love #sleepy #chill #relax #cute #cat #instacat #catoftheday #catstagram #catsofinstagram #ilovemycat #crazycatlady #sweet #bandit #kitty #meow #pet #pets #cats #petoftheday #petstagram #potd #ibd #ibdwarrior #ulcerativecolitis #inflammatoryboweldisease #remicade #infliximab
Happy #caturday  😘 told my mum and Sam that I'd lost 5 lbs since coming off the steroids a few weeks ago and they both said it must have all come off of my face! The #predhead  is real 🌝 I'm not too rough tonight, but I've been really sick the past week (which is why I've not been posting much recently), but I'll hopefully be starting infliximab infusions in the new year so, fingers crossed, that will sort me out! 🏥 If you're on/have tried infliximab/remicade, how did you find it? Do you have any tips? 😊 #love  #sleepy  #chill  #relax  #cute  #cat  #instacat  #catoftheday  #catstagram  #catsofinstagram  #ilovemycat  #crazycatlady  #sweet  #bandit  #kitty  #meow  #pet  #pets  #cats  #petoftheday  #petstagram  #potd  #ibd  #ibdwarrior  #ulcerativecolitis  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #remicade  #infliximab 
>>> SWIPE FOR MORE At his most recent infusion, mild-mannered, six-year-old Joshua Detweiler donned his superhero costume and became “The Colitis Fighter.” He distributed Christmas cards to his nurses and other patients, lifting the spirits of all present. For more about his battle with Ulcerative Colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, visit the link in our bio and search “colitis”. #akronchildrens #thecolitisfighter #ulcerativecolitis #inflammatoryboweldisease
>>> SWIPE FOR MORE At his most recent infusion, mild-mannered, six-year-old Joshua Detweiler donned his superhero costume and became “The Colitis Fighter.” He distributed Christmas cards to his nurses and other patients, lifting the spirits of all present. For more about his battle with Ulcerative Colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, visit the link in our bio and search “colitis”. #akronchildrens  #thecolitisfighter  #ulcerativecolitis  #inflammatoryboweldisease 
Day 1, no meds. Let the healing begin. ✊🏼
Day 1, no meds. Let the healing begin. ✊🏼
Guys, meet Raina (@rainavsfood ) 👋🏻 this chick just had her takedown surgery in July, and is still TAKING DOWN the fitness world. 🏃🏼‍♀️Read her story 👀on the new @companionibd website (link in bio) and show Raina some J-pouch support below. 📩 #fitchick #ulcerativecolitis #ulcerativecolitissurvivor #uc #diet #exercise #healthiswealth #jpouch #ostomy #companionmag #companionfitness #companionmagazine #crohnsdisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #crohns #spoonie #fitnessjourney #transformationtuesday
Guys, meet Raina (@rainavsfood ) 👋🏻 this chick just had her takedown surgery in July, and is still TAKING DOWN the fitness world. 🏃🏼‍♀️Read her story 👀on the new @companionibd website (link in bio) and show Raina some J-pouch support below. 📩 #fitchick  #ulcerativecolitis  #ulcerativecolitissurvivor  #uc  #diet  #exercise  #healthiswealth  #jpouch  #ostomy  #companionmag  #companionfitness  #companionmagazine  #crohnsdisease  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #crohns  #spoonie  #fitnessjourney  #transformationtuesday 
💩💩💩 Thanks, #jpouch! Thanks a lot! 😩#inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitis #crohnsdisease #indeterminatecolitis
Never stop moving. Never stop breathing. Movement is life. Chilling out on #CrossFit training and focusing on low intensity/body weight movements/stretching. Letting this body heal finally 💚💕
Never stop moving. Never stop breathing. Movement is life. Chilling out on #CrossFit  training and focusing on low intensity/body weight movements/stretching. Letting this body heal finally 💚💕
I really do love my scars. It's so nice to be able to work full time again and to not have my life ruled by ulcerative colitis. This year has been a tough one but the difficult times has made me a better person. I love this quote and It definitely is the truth of it. 'It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.' Charles Darwin. #jpouch#ulcerativecolitis#crohnsdisease#inflammatoryboweldisease#life
I really do love my scars. It's so nice to be able to work full time again and to not have my life ruled by ulcerative colitis. This year has been a tough one but the difficult times has made me a better person. I love this quote and It definitely is the truth of it. 'It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.' Charles Darwin. #jpouch #ulcerativecolitis #crohnsdisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #life 
Fakest smile award goes to this chick 🏆😂 I escaped from hospi today and now my energy levels are -3747284...oops, probably wasn't a wise idea but what can ya do? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Still cracking jokes left, right and centre despite my diet being mushy cornflakes and avocado on rice cakes 😂
Fakest smile award goes to this chick 🏆😂 I escaped from hospi today and now my energy levels are -3747284...oops, probably wasn't a wise idea but what can ya do? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Still cracking jokes left, right and centre despite my diet being mushy cornflakes and avocado on rice cakes 😂
#PAC member Julia creatively made these adorable cookies in honor of #CrohnsandColitisAwarenessWeek a little bit back. They are purple ribbons for #IBDawareness ! How cute & yummy. •
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#cookies #awareness #inflammatoryboweldisease #crohns #colitis #crohnsdisease #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #baking
Happy #caturday 😘 told my mum and Sam that I'd lost 5 lbs since coming off the steroids a few weeks ago and they both said it must have all come off of my face! The #predhead is real 🌝 I'm not too rough tonight, but I've been really sick the past week (which is why I've not been posting much recently), but I'll hopefully be starting infliximab infusions in the new year so, fingers crossed, that will sort me out! 🏥 If you're on/have tried infliximab/remicade, how did you find it? Do you have any tips? 😊 #love #sleepy #chill #relax #cute #cat #instacat #catoftheday #catstagram #catsofinstagram #ilovemycat #crazycatlady #sweet #bandit #kitty #meow #pet #pets #cats #petoftheday #petstagram #potd #ibd #ibdwarrior #ulcerativecolitis #inflammatoryboweldisease #remicade #infliximab
Happy #caturday  😘 told my mum and Sam that I'd lost 5 lbs since coming off the steroids a few weeks ago and they both said it must have all come off of my face! The #predhead  is real 🌝 I'm not too rough tonight, but I've been really sick the past week (which is why I've not been posting much recently), but I'll hopefully be starting infliximab infusions in the new year so, fingers crossed, that will sort me out! 🏥 If you're on/have tried infliximab/remicade, how did you find it? Do you have any tips? 😊 #love  #sleepy  #chill  #relax  #cute  #cat  #instacat  #catoftheday  #catstagram  #catsofinstagram  #ilovemycat  #crazycatlady  #sweet  #bandit  #kitty  #meow  #pet  #pets  #cats  #petoftheday  #petstagram  #potd  #ibd  #ibdwarrior  #ulcerativecolitis  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #remicade  #infliximab 
Enjoy everything this holiday and make EVERY moment count! Get your #foodsensitivitytest and Nutritional Counseling it will be a gift changer for you!
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Enjoy everything this holiday and make EVERY moment count! Get your #foodsensitivitytest  and Nutritional Counseling it will be a gift changer for you! ⛄️ https://www.biotrinetix.com/symptoms-affected-by-food-sensitivities.html 👉 Bio #Nourishment  #guthealth  #fruitsandbeggies  #gluten  #weightloss  #constipation  #stomachaches  #IBS  #cleaneating  #diet  #healthychoices  #nutrition  #foodintolerance  #bloated  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #inflammation  #investinyourself  #lifechangingtest  #chronicpain  #symptoms  #wellness  #pain  #stress  #relief  #antiaging  #energy  #feelyoung  #glutenfree 
Day 3 of 12: Medication. I eat pills for breakfast guys, they're greaat! Also the only reason I have gummy vitamins is because I can't see myself taking another pill for breakfast. 😅

#medication #pillsforbreakfast #12daysofspoons #ibdawareness #ibd #ibdvisible #ibdwarrior #ccfa #colitis #crohnsandcolitis #crohns #ibdfighter #ulcerativecolitis #doodles #art #inflammatoryboweldisease #butyoudontlooksick #autoimmunedisease #chronic #gi #chronicdisease #chronicillness #invisibledisease #chronicfatique #spoonie
Day 3 of 12: Medication. I eat pills for breakfast guys, they're greaat! Also the only reason I have gummy vitamins is because I can't see myself taking another pill for breakfast. 😅 #medication  #pillsforbreakfast  #12daysofspoons  #ibdawareness  #ibd  #ibdvisible  #ibdwarrior  #ccfa  #colitis  #crohnsandcolitis  #crohns  #ibdfighter  #ulcerativecolitis  #doodles  #art  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #butyoudontlooksick  #autoimmunedisease  #chronic  #gi  #chronicdisease  #chronicillness  #invisibledisease  #chronicfatique  #spoonie 
Wish me luck everyone🌠 I'm out doing a Hail Mary for Christmas shopping, I'm already tired and we still have a lot of places to go, but I'm determined to get this done today. I brought some boost, pain pills, and a Dr. Pepper. Time to tackle this list 🙅💜 #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnsgirl #crohnswarrior #crohnsflare #IBD #inflammatoryboweldisease #autoimmunedisease #immunosuppression #chronicillness #chronicallyill #spoonie #invisibleillness #butyoudontlooksick #tired #fatigue #spoonsdontfailmenow #snapchat #selfie #christmasshopping #christmasselfie
Wish me luck everyone🌠 I'm out doing a Hail Mary for Christmas shopping, I'm already tired and we still have a lot of places to go, but I'm determined to get this done today. I brought some boost, pain pills, and a Dr. Pepper. Time to tackle this list 🙅💜 #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnsgirl  #crohnswarrior  #crohnsflare  #IBD  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #autoimmunedisease  #immunosuppression  #chronicillness  #chronicallyill  #spoonie  #invisibleillness  #butyoudontlooksick  #tired  #fatigue  #spoonsdontfailmenow  #snapchat  #selfie  #christmasshopping  #christmasselfie 
—WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE MATTERS.
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Lately, I’ve been eating out a lot. While I haven’t strayed from the standard eats, I’ve noticed a big spike of inflammatory responses in my body. Still eating out when your body is reacting can be a difficult task. I’m not the type of person to just watch others eat; I find community in sharing meals w/ loved ones, esp. during the holidays. Case in point: this grilled wild albacore Niçoise salad from Urban Plates, which looks great, tasted great, was made with all the foods my body doesn’t react to, yet I still had a reaction caused by something I couldn’t see on my plate. This picture of pretty food is the classic don’t judge a book by it’s cover example. While Urban Plates is known as a healthy & sustainably sourced restaurant, I’ve since found out (via @hollyskeepingitreal) that they use canola oil to cook their food.
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Canola oil is a refined, genetically modified oil that is highly inflammatory, can cause kidney & liver problems, hypertension & strokes, stunts growth in children, promotes cancer & suppresses the immune system. It also surprised me to find that Whole Foods cooks their salad bar items in canola oil as well. I’ve enjoyed both of these places but unfortunately now have to be much more mindful of what I put on my plate when out. While Whole Foods transparently lists the ingredients so I know what to steer clear of (🙏🏼), Urban Plates does not state what it cooks it’s food in. Holly had to speak with a chef to find out that canola oil is used. It’s a hard gamble when you’re out to eat & you have an autoimmune disease that prompts easy reactions.
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I wanted to share these experiences b/c I’d been eliminating even more foods to reduce inflammation when I should’ve been thinking of what my food was being cooked in instead. Find places that you can trust & make them your go-to’s. Going to a new place? Just ask. If you’re eating anything cooked, be aware there is an oil, sauce or butter being used that is not listed on the menu under the ingredient description. Obviously, eating at home is the best way to be proactive but sometimes it’s just so worth it not having dishes to do 🤷🏻‍♀️.
—WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE MATTERS. - Lately, I’ve been eating out a lot. While I haven’t strayed from the standard eats, I’ve noticed a big spike of inflammatory responses in my body. Still eating out when your body is reacting can be a difficult task. I’m not the type of person to just watch others eat; I find community in sharing meals w/ loved ones, esp. during the holidays. Case in point: this grilled wild albacore Niçoise salad from Urban Plates, which looks great, tasted great, was made with all the foods my body doesn’t react to, yet I still had a reaction caused by something I couldn’t see on my plate. This picture of pretty food is the classic don’t judge a book by it’s cover example. While Urban Plates is known as a healthy & sustainably sourced restaurant, I’ve since found out (via @hollyskeepingitreal) that they use canola oil to cook their food. - Canola oil is a refined, genetically modified oil that is highly inflammatory, can cause kidney & liver problems, hypertension & strokes, stunts growth in children, promotes cancer & suppresses the immune system. It also surprised me to find that Whole Foods cooks their salad bar items in canola oil as well. I’ve enjoyed both of these places but unfortunately now have to be much more mindful of what I put on my plate when out. While Whole Foods transparently lists the ingredients so I know what to steer clear of (🙏🏼), Urban Plates does not state what it cooks it’s food in. Holly had to speak with a chef to find out that canola oil is used. It’s a hard gamble when you’re out to eat & you have an autoimmune disease that prompts easy reactions. - I wanted to share these experiences b/c I’d been eliminating even more foods to reduce inflammation when I should’ve been thinking of what my food was being cooked in instead. Find places that you can trust & make them your go-to’s. Going to a new place? Just ask. If you’re eating anything cooked, be aware there is an oil, sauce or butter being used that is not listed on the menu under the ingredient description. Obviously, eating at home is the best way to be proactive but sometimes it’s just so worth it not having dishes to do 🤷🏻‍♀️.
Be weary of any doctor who is quick to prescribe powerful #drugs without knowing much about your system/history or considering the risks/benefits and side effects. I once had a #gastroenterologist prescribe me a powerful anti #anxiety #drug because one of the #sideeffects was supposedly appetite stimulation, but it made me so disoriented/high I could barely function. Think for yourself, do your research, and consider the motives of anyone giving #Health advice before taking it. .
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#CrohnsProblems #CrohnsDisease #Chronicpain #IBD #InflammatoryBowelDisease #CrohnsColitis #spoonie #ChronicIllness #autoimmune #Healing #Healthcare #DigestiveHealth #Digestivesystem #Crohns #BigPharma #Pharmaceuticals
Be weary of any doctor who is quick to prescribe powerful #drugs  without knowing much about your system/history or considering the risks/benefits and side effects. I once had a #gastroenterologist  prescribe me a powerful anti #anxiety  #drug  because one of the #sideeffects  was supposedly appetite stimulation, but it made me so disoriented/high I could barely function. Think for yourself, do your research, and consider the motives of anyone giving #Health  advice before taking it. . . . #CrohnsProblems  #CrohnsDisease  #Chronicpain  #IBD  #InflammatoryBowelDisease  #CrohnsColitis  #spoonie  #ChronicIllness  #autoimmune  #Healing  #Healthcare  #DigestiveHealth  #Digestivesystem  #Crohns  #BigPharma  #Pharmaceuticals 
We went to the eye vetinarian. Narnia was very tired after! But she was a good pooch
We went to the eye vetinarian. Narnia was very tired after! But she was a good pooch
Guys - have you read 👨🏼‍💻how awesome our editor, @emmalchapple is doing in her update post? 👀 If you need a little pick-me-up on this Saturday, ⭐️ definitely click on Emma’s picture under “from the editors” on our site. 🤘🏻 She’s been through so much and is as beautiful as ever. We 💜our coffee drinking, law student, kitty loving, sassy tweeter, Emma! 😽 #crohnsdisease #crohnsdiseaseawareness #crohnsdiseasefighter #spoonie #ostomy #fighter #survivor #queenemma #kittycat #coffeetime #fashionista #beautifulgirl #inflammatoryboweldisease #ibd
Guys - have you read 👨🏼‍💻how awesome our editor, @emmalchapple is doing in her update post? 👀 If you need a little pick-me-up on this Saturday, ⭐️ definitely click on Emma’s picture under “from the editors” on our site. 🤘🏻 She’s been through so much and is as beautiful as ever. We 💜our coffee drinking, law student, kitty loving, sassy tweeter, Emma! 😽 #crohnsdisease  #crohnsdiseaseawareness  #crohnsdiseasefighter  #spoonie  #ostomy  #fighter  #survivor  #queenemma  #kittycat  #coffeetime  #fashionista  #beautifulgirl  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ibd 
This is one of the Christmas designs I drew on my Ostomy bag ☺️ I then realised I extremely messed up because my Rudolph doesn’t have any ears and he looks very round 🙄 but hey ho, I find imperfections beautiful 😅 
Last Thursday, I saw my Gastro.. She’s sending me for an ileoscopy (basically a colonoscopy camera put through my Stoma instead of my colon because I no longer have a colon or a butt hole 🙈😂). She also upped my dose of Azathioprine (Imuran) and she’s put me on Prednisone... Which I’m really really upset about because Steroids just bring back super bad memories for me as a child in school.. People used to call me ‘hamster’ / ‘chipmunk’ and much worse due to the side effects of my chubby cheeks. I don’t want to over eat because eating anything is absolutely excruciating at the moment.. And I think it’s already messed my sleep up. I’ve probably slept for 5 hours total over the past 2 nights.. And it’s worn me out. So I just woke up from a small nap! Hopefully these negative side effects get outweighed by the positive and hopefully they’ll calm my inflammation down and I’ll be able to enjoy a more pain-free time over the holidays. I’m really looking forward for Christmas, I’m really excited to spend my first Christmas with Jake and his amazing family 😍 Also My next dose of Stelara (Ustekinumab) is due next Friday! So fingers crossed that will also boost me along for the festive season ☺️🎄🎅
This is one of the Christmas designs I drew on my Ostomy bag ☺️ I then realised I extremely messed up because my Rudolph doesn’t have any ears and he looks very round 🙄 but hey ho, I find imperfections beautiful 😅 Last Thursday, I saw my Gastro.. She’s sending me for an ileoscopy (basically a colonoscopy camera put through my Stoma instead of my colon because I no longer have a colon or a butt hole 🙈😂). She also upped my dose of Azathioprine (Imuran) and she’s put me on Prednisone... Which I’m really really upset about because Steroids just bring back super bad memories for me as a child in school.. People used to call me ‘hamster’ / ‘chipmunk’ and much worse due to the side effects of my chubby cheeks. I don’t want to over eat because eating anything is absolutely excruciating at the moment.. And I think it’s already messed my sleep up. I’ve probably slept for 5 hours total over the past 2 nights.. And it’s worn me out. So I just woke up from a small nap! Hopefully these negative side effects get outweighed by the positive and hopefully they’ll calm my inflammation down and I’ll be able to enjoy a more pain-free time over the holidays. I’m really looking forward for Christmas, I’m really excited to spend my first Christmas with Jake and his amazing family 😍 Also My next dose of Stelara (Ustekinumab) is due next Friday! So fingers crossed that will also boost me along for the festive season ☺️🎄🎅
CHANGE IN DIAGNOSIS: “Crohn’s Colitis”
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Even after my diagnosis of severe ulcerative colitis in March 2016, doctors have continued to flip-flop back and forth on my diagnosis, switching from UC, to Crohn’s disease, to an indeterminate colitis. Despite the uncertainty in my diagnosis, the treatment remained the same, which I failed to respond to. By Aug. 2016 I had lost over 40 lbs. and was severely anemic, dehydrated, and malnourished. I also had a severe secondary infection of Clostridium Difficile, which expedited the decrease in my health. But on top of these, I had ulcers all over my mouth and throat. Not consistent with UC, these ulcers led many doctors to wrongly diagnose me with an infection of the mouth/ throat. However, by that time, it was necessary that my colon be removed in order to save my life.
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Fast forward to almost exactly a year and 2 more surgeries later to create and connect my j-pouch, I began having severe pain, bloody diarrhea, and weight loss. Non-responsive to antibiotics, my j-pouch was removed in Sept. 2017. Biopsies from surgery revealed that, In addition to severe inflammation, in less than 3 months my j-pouch, as well as a section of my small intestine were covered in ulcers, abscesses, cysts, and necrotizing granulomas. Necrotizing granulomas are areas of inflammation where the skin tissue has died.
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With all of the new information received from biopsies from my last surgery, my diagnosis of ulcerative colitis has been changed to a diagnosis of Granulomatous Colitis, or “Crohn’s Colitis.” Granulomatous Colitis is a very rare form of Crohn’s Disease that thrives predominately in the colon. My new diagnosis brings light to so many unknowns over the course of my journey with IBD and most importantly, explains the dangerous and rapid failure of my j-pouch.
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Moving forward, I have a CT scan in a couple of months to check for anymore inflammation in my small intestine. I have been holding onto this news for some time while I did research and talked to others diagnosed with the same thing. The future may be uncertain and scary, but one things is certain: I will keep smiling and never, EVER give up.
CHANGE IN DIAGNOSIS: “Crohn’s Colitis” _______ Even after my diagnosis of severe ulcerative colitis in March 2016, doctors have continued to flip-flop back and forth on my diagnosis, switching from UC, to Crohn’s disease, to an indeterminate colitis. Despite the uncertainty in my diagnosis, the treatment remained the same, which I failed to respond to. By Aug. 2016 I had lost over 40 lbs. and was severely anemic, dehydrated, and malnourished. I also had a severe secondary infection of Clostridium Difficile, which expedited the decrease in my health. But on top of these, I had ulcers all over my mouth and throat. Not consistent with UC, these ulcers led many doctors to wrongly diagnose me with an infection of the mouth/ throat. However, by that time, it was necessary that my colon be removed in order to save my life. ________ Fast forward to almost exactly a year and 2 more surgeries later to create and connect my j-pouch, I began having severe pain, bloody diarrhea, and weight loss. Non-responsive to antibiotics, my j-pouch was removed in Sept. 2017. Biopsies from surgery revealed that, In addition to severe inflammation, in less than 3 months my j-pouch, as well as a section of my small intestine were covered in ulcers, abscesses, cysts, and necrotizing granulomas. Necrotizing granulomas are areas of inflammation where the skin tissue has died. _______ With all of the new information received from biopsies from my last surgery, my diagnosis of ulcerative colitis has been changed to a diagnosis of Granulomatous Colitis, or “Crohn’s Colitis.” Granulomatous Colitis is a very rare form of Crohn’s Disease that thrives predominately in the colon. My new diagnosis brings light to so many unknowns over the course of my journey with IBD and most importantly, explains the dangerous and rapid failure of my j-pouch. _______ Moving forward, I have a CT scan in a couple of months to check for anymore inflammation in my small intestine. I have been holding onto this news for some time while I did research and talked to others diagnosed with the same thing. The future may be uncertain and scary, but one things is certain: I will keep smiling and never, EVER give up.
Rightfully said! Staying strong is the only option we have especially when dealing with a chronic illness! It’s easier said than done at times but once the storm passes, that’s when we realize our true strength 💪🏼💜 #inspiring #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #stayingstrong #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Rightfully said! Staying strong is the only option we have especially when dealing with a chronic illness! It’s easier said than done at times but once the storm passes, that’s when we realize our true strength 💪🏼💜 #inspiring  #inspiration  #inspirationalquotes  #stayingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
I have no idea how but yesterday I managed to scratch my eye, I thought a eyelash was just stuck but turns out it’s not (silver living to working where I do can be told what’s wrong with you in minutes haha) but my eye keeps weeping and irritating me so got some saline flushes from work to wash out my eyes till the docs open on Monday but hopefully by then it will have healed 🤞🏻
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#crohns #crohnsdisease #chronicillness #ileostomy #inflammatoryboweldisease #invisableillness #ibd #spoonie #stoma #surgery #autoimmunedisease
I have no idea how but yesterday I managed to scratch my eye, I thought a eyelash was just stuck but turns out it’s not (silver living to working where I do can be told what’s wrong with you in minutes haha) but my eye keeps weeping and irritating me so got some saline flushes from work to wash out my eyes till the docs open on Monday but hopefully by then it will have healed 🤞🏻 . #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #chronicillness  #ileostomy  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #invisableillness  #ibd  #spoonie  #stoma  #surgery  #autoimmunedisease 
Yes indeed! We should never let our own negativity or toxic and unsupportive people in our lives tell us what we can or can’t do. We’re the only ones the know what our capabilities are and what we can handle and not anyone else!  #alpacino #alpacinoquotes #inspiring #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #quoteoftheday #stayingstrong #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Yes indeed! We should never let our own negativity or toxic and unsupportive people in our lives tell us what we can or can’t do. We’re the only ones the know what our capabilities are and what we can handle and not anyone else! #alpacino  #alpacinoquotes  #inspiring  #inspiration  #inspirationalquotes  #quoteoftheday  #stayingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Been struggling with this process a little more than usual this hospital stay but I'm hanging in there 😇✨ Pains me to admit, but I should probably stop texting @bradfergusonn with every new symptom I have asking him what it means...or stop Googling diagnosing myself 😂🙈🙄
Been struggling with this process a little more than usual this hospital stay but I'm hanging in there 😇✨ Pains me to admit, but I should probably stop texting @bradfergusonn with every new symptom I have asking him what it means...or stop Googling diagnosing myself 😂🙈🙄
INFO POST: Nutrition for Mental Health
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Pineapple for gut health and happiness
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Pineapple, particularly the stem, contains high amounts of bromelain, an enzyme important for digestive health
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The link between digestive health and mental health has been proved extensively
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Here’s how bromelain can benefit our gut and mind and support our happiness pathway:
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-It’s the amino acids in protein that we need to make our neurotransmitters for happiness, for example serotonin. Bromelain acts as an enzyme to break down proteins from food so that we can utilise the amino acids and make our neurotransmitters.
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-Balancing our microbiome. Bromelain helps to destroy harmful bacteria in the stomach and intestines, allowing our beneficial, and pro-serotonin (pro-happiness) bacteria to thrive.
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-Anti-inflammatory. Depression is significantly linked with inflammation (body and mind) and inflammatory bowel conditions. Bromelain reduces the inflammatory response and has been beneficial in treating IBD’s like colitis.
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Combine mint leaves, pomegranate seeds and pineapple pieces for a delicious fruit salad
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#nutritiontip #happiness #serotonin #amylloydnutrition #digestion #bloating #mindbodysoul #nutrition #foodasmedicine #inflammation #pineapple #carbohydrate #neurotransmitter #energy #nutritionist #perthisok #antiinflammatory #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #inflammatoryboweldisease #crohns #ibs
INFO POST: Nutrition for Mental Health . Pineapple for gut health and happiness . Pineapple, particularly the stem, contains high amounts of bromelain, an enzyme important for digestive health . The link between digestive health and mental health has been proved extensively . Here’s how bromelain can benefit our gut and mind and support our happiness pathway: . -It’s the amino acids in protein that we need to make our neurotransmitters for happiness, for example serotonin. Bromelain acts as an enzyme to break down proteins from food so that we can utilise the amino acids and make our neurotransmitters. . -Balancing our microbiome. Bromelain helps to destroy harmful bacteria in the stomach and intestines, allowing our beneficial, and pro-serotonin (pro-happiness) bacteria to thrive. . -Anti-inflammatory. Depression is significantly linked with inflammation (body and mind) and inflammatory bowel conditions. Bromelain reduces the inflammatory response and has been beneficial in treating IBD’s like colitis. . Combine mint leaves, pomegranate seeds and pineapple pieces for a delicious fruit salad . Add pineapple pieces to smoothies . Use the pineapple core for maximum bromelain . #functionalnutrition  #guthealth  #bromelain  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nutritiontip  #happiness  #serotonin  #amylloydnutrition  #digestion  #bloating  #mindbodysoul  #nutrition  #foodasmedicine  #inflammation  #pineapple  #carbohydrate  #neurotransmitter  #energy  #nutritionist  #perthisok  #antiinflammatory  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #crohns  #ibs 
Sidney chilled with me while I did schoolwork today, she's stolen my usual chair but I just don't have the heart to tell her no 😅💞 I'm pretty proud of myself this week, I made a lot of good grades and just finished another class 🙅 All while feeling pretty ehhh because it's "that time of the month," and it alwaysss aggravates my Crohn's, plus my doctor suspects I may have endometriosis, so it's like double whammy of cramping. But my Crohn's pain has lessened a lot since being on all liquids and taking my new medicines, so I'm very thankful for that💜💜💜 And I'm now out for Christmas break!!!🎁🎉🎅❄🎄 I'll still need to do some schoolwork over the holidays but I'm also definitely going to take some time to recharge my spoons and just relax ⛄😊 #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnsgirl #crohnswarrior #crohnsflare #crohnspain #IBD #inflammatoryboweldisease #autoimmunedisease #immunosuppression #chronicillness #chronicallyill #endometriosis #spoonie #fatigue #crohnsdidntkeepmedown #rechargingmyspoons #christmasbreak #resttime #dogsofinstagram #dog #pets #petsagram
Sidney chilled with me while I did schoolwork today, she's stolen my usual chair but I just don't have the heart to tell her no 😅💞 I'm pretty proud of myself this week, I made a lot of good grades and just finished another class 🙅 All while feeling pretty ehhh because it's "that time of the month," and it alwaysss aggravates my Crohn's, plus my doctor suspects I may have endometriosis, so it's like double whammy of cramping. But my Crohn's pain has lessened a lot since being on all liquids and taking my new medicines, so I'm very thankful for that💜💜💜 And I'm now out for Christmas break!!!🎁🎉🎅❄🎄 I'll still need to do some schoolwork over the holidays but I'm also definitely going to take some time to recharge my spoons and just relax ⛄😊 #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnsgirl  #crohnswarrior  #crohnsflare  #crohnspain  #IBD  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #autoimmunedisease  #immunosuppression  #chronicillness  #chronicallyill  #endometriosis  #spoonie  #fatigue  #crohnsdidntkeepmedown  #rechargingmyspoons  #christmasbreak  #resttime  #dogsofinstagram  #dog  #pets  #petsagram 
My struggle with Crohn’s disease 💜 diagnosed 2012 #crohnsdisease #ibd #ibdawareness #colitis #intestinalhealth #crohns #autoimmunedisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #inflammatorydisease #knowledgeiskey #themoreyouknow #themoreyouunderstand
@crohnscolitisfoundation @crohns_colitis_life @crohnsandcolitisawareness
😷☠️😪 Been so sick all week and haven’t even left my house. I’ve been feeling so anxious and restless just sitting in bed. Being knocked down from not feeling 💯% for so much of this year has really got me thinking.... It is so important to appreciate non-material things that allow us to simply function. Our health means we are able to go about our daily routine, see friends👯‍♀️, workout💪🏼, go to school👩🏽‍🎓, go to work👩🏽‍💻, build relationships💑, run errands🏃🏽‍♀️, cook food🍳, and the list goes on & on. Right now, I feel so debilitated and like I am being held back from reaching my goals. Literally all I want this Christmas ⛄️🎄 and New Year✨ 🎉 is simply for my HEALTH back. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #sick #feelingsick #migraine #headache #health #fit #fitjourney #fitmotivation #motivation #lifeadvice #advice #appreciate #appreciative #sinusinfection #iam1stphorm #notfeelingwell #tryingtostaypositive #anxiety #stress #inflammatoryboweldisease #IBD #IBS #crohns #celiac #pcos
😷☠️😪 Been so sick all week and haven’t even left my house. I’ve been feeling so anxious and restless just sitting in bed. Being knocked down from not feeling 💯% for so much of this year has really got me thinking.... It is so important to appreciate non-material things that allow us to simply function. Our health means we are able to go about our daily routine, see friends👯‍♀️, workout💪🏼, go to school👩🏽‍🎓, go to work👩🏽‍💻, build relationships💑, run errands🏃🏽‍♀️, cook food🍳, and the list goes on & on. Right now, I feel so debilitated and like I am being held back from reaching my goals. Literally all I want this Christmas ⛄️🎄 and New Year✨ 🎉 is simply for my HEALTH back. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #sick  #feelingsick  #migraine  #headache  #health  #fit  #fitjourney  #fitmotivation  #motivation  #lifeadvice  #advice  #appreciate  #appreciative  #sinusinfection  #iam1stphorm  #notfeelingwell  #tryingtostaypositive  #anxiety  #stress  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #IBD  #IBS  #crohns  #celiac  #pcos 
Trying to squeeze in some healthy light meals in between all the holiday cookies and treats! This garlic soy fish is a breeze to prepare and is packed with flavor! 
The American Heart Association recommends two serverings of fish weekly. Fish is a great lean protein source, low in calories, and cooks quickly for an easy meal! 
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#dietitian #registereddietitian #eatrealfood #healthier #eatrealfood #ulcerativecolitis #inflammatoryboweldisease #nutritionist #nutritiousanddelicious #healthyfoodshare #healthyrecipes #fitfood #fitfoodie #strongnotskinny #feedfeed #seafood #bakedfish #hearthealthy #foodforfuel #antiinflammatorydiet #mediterraneandiet #leanprotein #colitis #guthealing #guthealth #autoimmune #healthiswealth
Trying to squeeze in some healthy light meals in between all the holiday cookies and treats! This garlic soy fish is a breeze to prepare and is packed with flavor! The American Heart Association recommends two serverings of fish weekly. Fish is a great lean protein source, low in calories, and cooks quickly for an easy meal! Recipe link in bio! * * * #dietitian  #registereddietitian  #eatrealfood  #healthier  #eatrealfood  #ulcerativecolitis  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #nutritionist  #nutritiousanddelicious  #healthyfoodshare  #healthyrecipes  #fitfood  #fitfoodie  #strongnotskinny  #feedfeed  #seafood  #bakedfish  #hearthealthy  #foodforfuel  #antiinflammatorydiet  #mediterraneandiet  #leanprotein  #colitis  #guthealing  #guthealth  #autoimmune  #healthiswealth 
Day 2 of 12: My favorite motivational quote from one of my favorite optimistic characters. This phrase gets me through the dark times. It will get better if you just keep swimming. #findingnemo #dory

#ibdawareness #spoonie #ulcerativecolitis #12daysofspoons 
#ibd #ibdvisible #ibdwarrior #ccfa #colitis #crohnsandcolitis #crohns #ibdfighter #ulcerativecolitis #doodles #art #inflammatoryboweldisease #butyoudontlooksick #autoimmunedisease #chronic #gi #chronicdisease #chronicillness #invisibledisease #chronicfatique #spoonie
Day 2 of 12: My favorite motivational quote from one of my favorite optimistic characters. This phrase gets me through the dark times. It will get better if you just keep swimming. #findingnemo  #dory  #ibdawareness  #spoonie  #ulcerativecolitis  #12daysofspoons  #ibd  #ibdvisible  #ibdwarrior  #ccfa  #colitis  #crohnsandcolitis  #crohns  #ibdfighter  #ulcerativecolitis  #doodles  #art  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #butyoudontlooksick  #autoimmunedisease  #chronic  #gi  #chronicdisease  #chronicillness  #invisibledisease  #chronicfatique  #spoonie 
There’s a great event happening in #Winnipeg tomorrow to help bring more public washrooms to the city. Good luck to everyone taking part!
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#crohns #crohnsdisease #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #inflammatoryboweldisease #IBD #chronicillness #invisibleillness
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Tomorrow! Let's continue the conversation and advocate washroom access for all! 
Come to Bridgman Collaborative Architecture (678 Main St) on Saturday, Dec. 16 to get your photo taken. Photos and stories to be used for larger campaign. See you there!

#GoHere #ToiletlessWinnipeg #Downtown
There’s a great event happening in #Winnipeg  tomorrow to help bring more public washrooms to the city. Good luck to everyone taking part! . . #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #IBD  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  . . #Repost  @crohnsandcolitiswinnipeg (@get_repost) ・・・ Tomorrow! Let's continue the conversation and advocate washroom access for all! Come to Bridgman Collaborative Architecture (678 Main St) on Saturday, Dec. 16 to get your photo taken. Photos and stories to be used for larger campaign. See you there! #GoHere  #ToiletlessWinnipeg  #Downtown 
Surround yourself with people who get it💜
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I'm so lucky to have the most supportive family and friends, not quite sure where I'd be after these three weeks of being in hospital. We're not at the end yet but we're pretty close, it's fallen on possibly the worst time of year but surely it's a good excuse to have another Christmas when I'm outta here✨🎅🏼🎄
Surround yourself with people who get it💜 • I'm so lucky to have the most supportive family and friends, not quite sure where I'd be after these three weeks of being in hospital. We're not at the end yet but we're pretty close, it's fallen on possibly the worst time of year but surely it's a good excuse to have another Christmas when I'm outta here✨🎅🏼🎄
Day 1 of the 12 Days of Spoonies. The craziest adcive for a "cure" for me was the Paleo diet. I know it works great for some people but it landed me in the ER with massive pain. As someone who does best on a low residue/low fiber diet, this was not the eating plan for me.  I tried it before my official diagnosis when I was trying anything to get better and didn't realize how very individual this disease is. Now I know that you have to find what works for you and makes you feel as good as you can. #uc #ulcerativecolitis #ulcerativecolitislife #ibd #ibs #autoimmunedisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #lowresidue #lowfiber
Day 1 of the 12 Days of Spoonies. The craziest adcive for a "cure" for me was the Paleo diet. I know it works great for some people but it landed me in the ER with massive pain. As someone who does best on a low residue/low fiber diet, this was not the eating plan for me. I tried it before my official diagnosis when I was trying anything to get better and didn't realize how very individual this disease is. Now I know that you have to find what works for you and makes you feel as good as you can. #uc  #ulcerativecolitis  #ulcerativecolitislife  #ibd  #ibs  #autoimmunedisease  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #lowresidue  #lowfiber 
Borrowed this from @ibdoodlin because I thought it looks like fun! #uc #ulcerativecolitis #ulcerativecolitislife #ibd #ibs #autoimmunedisease #inflammatoryboweldisease #ucwarrior #spoonie #chronicillness
When it’s been a long tough 13 hour shift but you can’t help but smile as you love your job and have had some lovely comments all in one day! And get to wear Christmas jumper now I’m home! And I made dinner last night so straight home to food. #winning •
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When it’s been a long tough 13 hour shift but you can’t help but smile as you love your job and have had some lovely comments all in one day! And get to wear Christmas jumper now I’m home! And I made dinner last night so straight home to food. #winning  • • • • • • #thegutsydoc  #doctor  #lifestylemedicine  #fitness  #healthandfitness  #ulcerativecolitis  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #IBD  #UC  #crohnsdisease  #lifestyle  #medicine  #wellness  #blog  #weightloss  #nutrition  #healthyliving  #health 
Excited!! My 100% Aloe Vera gel arrived!  It comes frozen because it is raw, has no preservatives and is not pasteurized. It is straight up inner fillet gel. You cannot buy it at any grocery store, you have to order it online to get 100% gel with nothing else in it. Grocery stores sell the leaf juice or leaf juice thickened with a thickener calling it gel, but it's not. Read the label for preservatives & thickeners such as carrageenan, guar gum, citric acid or lemon juice) The outer leaf irritates the gut and has a laxative effect. The thickeners & preservatives irritate gut as well. People take (real) aloe gel internally to heal IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis, chrones, diverticulitis..etc.) so it's important to get JUST the gel, nothing else in it & make sure it's not the leaf juice being thickened. That's why I go with this company because they go out of their way to not include any leaf. The inner aloe gel has been used for thousands of years to heal the skin. Our gut lining actually is our skin on the inside, so it will be able to help in healing the gut lining along with avoiding all grains (they tear up gut lining.) It's actually better to do an enema with it (diluted with a little filtered water & lightly heated to body temp / 1/2 cup aloe + 1/2 cup water / hold for 30 min) so that it gets directly on the gut lining instead of swallowing where it goes through your stomach acid & gets digested.
Excited!! My 100% Aloe Vera gel arrived! It comes frozen because it is raw, has no preservatives and is not pasteurized. It is straight up inner fillet gel. You cannot buy it at any grocery store, you have to order it online to get 100% gel with nothing else in it. Grocery stores sell the leaf juice or leaf juice thickened with a thickener calling it gel, but it's not. Read the label for preservatives & thickeners such as carrageenan, guar gum, citric acid or lemon juice) The outer leaf irritates the gut and has a laxative effect. The thickeners & preservatives irritate gut as well. People take (real) aloe gel internally to heal IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis, chrones, diverticulitis..etc.) so it's important to get JUST the gel, nothing else in it & make sure it's not the leaf juice being thickened. That's why I go with this company because they go out of their way to not include any leaf. The inner aloe gel has been used for thousands of years to heal the skin. Our gut lining actually is our skin on the inside, so it will be able to help in healing the gut lining along with avoiding all grains (they tear up gut lining.) It's actually better to do an enema with it (diluted with a little filtered water & lightly heated to body temp / 1/2 cup aloe + 1/2 cup water / hold for 30 min) so that it gets directly on the gut lining instead of swallowing where it goes through your stomach acid & gets digested.
Day 1 of 12: The craziest thing I'm offered as a "cure" is always special teas, smoothie and pill supplements. I know you wanna help but there is no cure to what I have and until some doctor figures out a legit cure I am okay with that right now.

#ibdawareness #spoonie #ulcerativecolitis #12daysofspoons 
#ibd #ibdvisible #ibdwarrior #ccfa #colitis #crohnsandcolitis #crohns #ibdfighter #ulcerativecolitis #doodles #art #inflammatoryboweldisease #butyoudontlooksick #autoimmunedisease #chronic #gi #chronicdisease #chronicillness #invisibledisease #chronicfatique #spoonie
Day 1 of 12: The craziest thing I'm offered as a "cure" is always special teas, smoothie and pill supplements. I know you wanna help but there is no cure to what I have and until some doctor figures out a legit cure I am okay with that right now. #ibdawareness  #spoonie  #ulcerativecolitis  #12daysofspoons  #ibd  #ibdvisible  #ibdwarrior  #ccfa  #colitis  #crohnsandcolitis  #crohns  #ibdfighter  #ulcerativecolitis  #doodles  #art  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #butyoudontlooksick  #autoimmunedisease  #chronic  #gi  #chronicdisease  #chronicillness  #invisibledisease  #chronicfatique  #spoonie 
Aaaa som tu zas aj s kampaňou pre “IBD pacientov a Slovensko” 😉😁🙈
Nový Fit Magazín ✍🏻📰🗞
IBD - Inflammatory bowel disease - nešpecifické črevné ochorenia - Crohnova choroba, Ulcerózna kolitida - autoimunitné ochorenia - 10 až 14.tis ľudí na Slovensku - prevaha u mladých ľudí 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️👩🏼‍💼👩🏻‍💼🌎🌍🌏
#ihavemyworld #ibd #inflammatoryboweldisease #slovakcrohnclub #mylife  #mywork #myhobby #instalike #instagood #me #lifestyle #magazines #photography #youmustknowmoreibd #surgery #medicine #followme #me #happygirl #lifeislife #smile #slovakia #ifeelgood @slovakcrohn_club
Aaaa som tu zas aj s kampaňou pre “IBD pacientov a Slovensko” 😉😁🙈 Nový Fit Magazín ✍🏻📰🗞 IBD - Inflammatory bowel disease - nešpecifické črevné ochorenia - Crohnova choroba, Ulcerózna kolitida - autoimunitné ochorenia - 10 až 14.tis ľudí na Slovensku - prevaha u mladých ľudí 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️👩🏼‍💼👩🏻‍💼🌎🌍🌏 #ihavemyworld  #ibd  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #slovakcrohnclub  #mylife  #mywork  #myhobby  #instalike  #instagood  #me  #lifestyle  #magazines  #photography  #youmustknowmoreibd  #surgery  #medicine  #followme  #me  #happygirl  #lifeislife  #smile  #slovakia  #ifeelgood  @slovakcrohn_club
Tired of struggling with digestive issues? 💩💩💩 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, alternating constipation and diarrhea, and abdominal pain.  They can range from mild and occasional to completely debilitating.  No fun right?
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It is a label often used by doctors when other diseases have been ruled out and they don't really know what is causing your symptoms.  If you meet certain criteria, your doctor will "diagnose" you with IBS.  You then may go on to get prescribed medications to help relieve your symptoms (which often have a list a side effects).
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The problem with this is that the symptoms are merely being suppressed and the root cause is not being addressed.  When clients come to me they are usually dealing with hormone and digestive symptoms.  They are tired of feeling like crap, have tried a number of things to fix the problems, spent a lot of money, and don't know where else to turn.
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That is why I love being able to use functional testing like DUTCH for hormones, stool testing to check for parasites, h. pylori, bacterial, and yeast, LEAP food sensitivity testing, and SIBO testing.  No more trial and error method of healing.  No more chasing symptoms!  We come up with a game plan designed specifically for you to find your root cause and heal it!
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What are you waiting for?  If not now, when?  DM me for a FREE 30 minute discovery call to see if we would be a good fit to work together.  Start your New Years goal early so that you can stop feeling like crap and regain your health.
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#healingmybody#nourishment#nourishthebody#healthyeatinghabits#begoodtoyourbody#healthbenefits#guthealth#healthymama#healthyfit#nourishyourself#healthybodyhealthymind#eatwelllivewell#eatfit#veggielover#realfoods#paleoeating#paleolifestyle#nutritiousanddelicious#avocadolove#antiinflammatory#ibs#hormones#hormonehealth#womenshealthmag#periodproblems#periods#perioddrama#periodssuck#periodcramps#periodpain
Tired of struggling with digestive issues? 💩💩💩 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, alternating constipation and diarrhea, and abdominal pain.  They can range from mild and occasional to completely debilitating. No fun right? -- It is a label often used by doctors when other diseases have been ruled out and they don't really know what is causing your symptoms.  If you meet certain criteria, your doctor will "diagnose" you with IBS.  You then may go on to get prescribed medications to help relieve your symptoms (which often have a list a side effects). -- The problem with this is that the symptoms are merely being suppressed and the root cause is not being addressed.  When clients come to me they are usually dealing with hormone and digestive symptoms.  They are tired of feeling like crap, have tried a number of things to fix the problems, spent a lot of money, and don't know where else to turn. -- That is why I love being able to use functional testing like DUTCH for hormones, stool testing to check for parasites, h. pylori, bacterial, and yeast, LEAP food sensitivity testing, and SIBO testing.  No more trial and error method of healing.  No more chasing symptoms!  We come up with a game plan designed specifically for you to find your root cause and heal it! -- What are you waiting for?  If not now, when?  DM me for a FREE 30 minute discovery call to see if we would be a good fit to work together.  Start your New Years goal early so that you can stop feeling like crap and regain your health. . . . . . . . #healingmybody #nourishment #nourishthebody #healthyeatinghabits #begoodtoyourbody #healthbenefits #guthealth #healthymama #healthyfit #nourishyourself #healthybodyhealthymind #eatwelllivewell #eatfit #veggielover #realfoods #paleoeating #paleolifestyle #nutritiousanddelicious #avocadolove #antiinflammatory #ibs #hormones #hormonehealth #womenshealthmag #periodproblems #periods #perioddrama #periodssuck #periodcramps #periodpain 
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#IBDaSlovensko #inflammatoryboweldisease #fitmagazin #slovakcrohnclub #medicine #healthcare #crohn #colitis #crohnsinpiration #crohnsandcollitis #youmustknowmoreIBD #crohnovachoroba #ulceroznakolitida #slovakia @nina.kowo @juliacierna @hospodarske_noviny @slovakcrohn_club
Today my beautiful boyfriend @williamjaketaylor gave blood for his second time! It means sooo much to me because in the past, I’ve been pretty close to needing blood transfusions. Unfortunately I’m not able to donate blood because I have Crohn’s Disease so I’m super proud of him! He’s either saved someone’s life or improved someone’s life and either one is just as amazing. I cannot thank him enough for doing something so kind and selfless! It’s so important to donate blood and if you’re healthy and able to, then please consider it! It’s such a great thing to do! If I could, there would be no question about it. Please Give Blood!!! It’s so important too!
Today my beautiful boyfriend @williamjaketaylor gave blood for his second time! It means sooo much to me because in the past, I’ve been pretty close to needing blood transfusions. Unfortunately I’m not able to donate blood because I have Crohn’s Disease so I’m super proud of him! He’s either saved someone’s life or improved someone’s life and either one is just as amazing. I cannot thank him enough for doing something so kind and selfless! It’s so important to donate blood and if you’re healthy and able to, then please consider it! It’s such a great thing to do! If I could, there would be no question about it. Please Give Blood!!! It’s so important too!
This PLANT POWERED beauty has an incredible and inspirational story! @thegardenbasedgraduate 
She suffered from Crohn’s Disease which was treated with conventional medical therapies including pills and infusions. .
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At some point during her therapy, she realized despite staying compliant with therapy, she is still feeling sick if not worse. .
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This beautiful, intelligent, sweet young lady decided to take charge of her health, and do whatever it takes to get better. .
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She researched whole food plant-based nutrition, and decided to heal her gut inflammation from within, by eating a whole food plant based diet. .
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Her persistence and hard work paid off.  She is now feeling absolutely healthy, and ready to make it her life’s mission to help others with this disease. .
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#sharethelove #govegan #wholefoods #plantbased #veganfitness #veganfoodporn #veganfood #bestofvegan #veganfoodshare #veganbreakfast #poweredbyplants #plantbasedfood #vegancommunity #getinmybelly #healthyfood #plantpower #veganpower #veganlife #fitfood #vegangermany #vegansofinstagram #vegangirl #vegansofig #gutmicrobiome #whatveganseat #crohnsdisease #ibdawareness #inflammatoryboweldisease #plantpowered #ulcerativecolitis
This PLANT POWERED beauty has an incredible and inspirational story! @thegardenbasedgraduate She suffered from Crohn’s Disease which was treated with conventional medical therapies including pills and infusions. . . At some point during her therapy, she realized despite staying compliant with therapy, she is still feeling sick if not worse. . . This beautiful, intelligent, sweet young lady decided to take charge of her health, and do whatever it takes to get better. . . She researched whole food plant-based nutrition, and decided to heal her gut inflammation from within, by eating a whole food plant based diet. . . Her persistence and hard work paid off. She is now feeling absolutely healthy, and ready to make it her life’s mission to help others with this disease. . . #sharethelove  #govegan  #wholefoods  #plantbased  #veganfitness  #veganfoodporn  #veganfood  #bestofvegan  #veganfoodshare  #veganbreakfast  #poweredbyplants  #plantbasedfood  #vegancommunity  #getinmybelly  #healthyfood  #plantpower  #veganpower  #veganlife  #fitfood  #vegangermany  #vegansofinstagram  #vegangirl  #vegansofig  #gutmicrobiome  #whatveganseat  #crohnsdisease  #ibdawareness  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #plantpowered  #ulcerativecolitis 
Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Just chill. Take it easy. It's okay to take a break from fighting and recharge your batteries. Do what you can and be kind to yourself. 
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#CrohnsProblems #CrohnsDisease #Chronicpain #IBD #InflammatoryBowelDisease #CrohnsColitis #spoonie #ChronicIllness #Crohns #Healing #Health #DigestiveHealth #Digestivesystem #CeliacDisease #FoodAllergies
This is why I need surgery. —————————————————
This is a comparison of a healthy Billie and a not so healthy Billie. I didn’t want to post the second photo. I didn’t even want to take it. But this is what Ulcerative Colitis has done to me. Im down to 6 and a half stone, my anaemia is back & I can’t stand in my own shower. I haven’t had a full night sleep in over three months 😴
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Ive been ill for 18months now & I’m fed up. I’m fed up of all the meds & the fact they’ve done nothing to help me. I’m fed up of going round in circles. This time last year I was in EXACTLY the same position. So I know that it’s time to cut the fucker out.
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I know it’s going to be tough. But this illness has robbed me of so much already that another 6/8 months is nothing if I get the rest of my life! ✨
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💖 I want to thank everyone who follows me. Everyone who has liked, commented or shared my story. Everyone who reads my blog. Everyone who has text or called me to see how I’m doing. It is my friends, family and the IBD community that gives me strength & I’m so grateful to every single one of you. And I hope you’ll all still be with me as my journey continues💖
This is why I need surgery. ————————————————— This is a comparison of a healthy Billie and a not so healthy Billie. I didn’t want to post the second photo. I didn’t even want to take it. But this is what Ulcerative Colitis has done to me. Im down to 6 and a half stone, my anaemia is back & I can’t stand in my own shower. I haven’t had a full night sleep in over three months 😴 ————————————————— Ive been ill for 18months now & I’m fed up. I’m fed up of all the meds & the fact they’ve done nothing to help me. I’m fed up of going round in circles. This time last year I was in EXACTLY the same position. So I know that it’s time to cut the fucker out. ————————————————— I know it’s going to be tough. But this illness has robbed me of so much already that another 6/8 months is nothing if I get the rest of my life! ✨ ————————————————— 💖 I want to thank everyone who follows me. Everyone who has liked, commented or shared my story. Everyone who reads my blog. Everyone who has text or called me to see how I’m doing. It is my friends, family and the IBD community that gives me strength & I’m so grateful to every single one of you. And I hope you’ll all still be with me as my journey continues💖
Plant based cheese burger Arnold’s Way style! Finally starting to add more meals into my diet and my body is loving it. No Meat, No Dairy, No GMOs just whole food that’s “yummy to the tummy” - Arnold •
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A slightly different type of goal crushing. One week post op and spurred on by the snow I managed my furthest shuffle down the road today. There was even enough snow to launch a proper snowball at my marvellous mum @fionawightman ❄️
A slightly different type of goal crushing. One week post op and spurred on by the snow I managed my furthest shuffle down the road today. There was even enough snow to launch a proper snowball at my marvellous mum @fionawightman ❄️
It is with great excitement to share this project with you all. A brand new program called the Autoimmune Healing Intensive will be available (Jan-Feb 2018). This is for anyone who feels like their healing has plateaued, they just can’t figure out health issues, or are interested in more ways to heal from qualified practitioners. So, what’s included?
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* 31 lessons from practitioners of all different backgrounds (including me!) offering their expertise in the form of ebooks, guides, videos, and more!
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*Over 20 self-experimentation sheets that you can implement and test in your own life. Find what works for YOU. Some of the people who have contributed to these are @drterrywahls, @thepaleomom and Sally Fallon Morell of @westonaprice!
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*8 videos explaining the self-experimentation method
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*Exclusive Facebook group with other members and collaborators alike to support you!
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*A free copy of the Autoimmune n=1 Workbook Kit courtesy of Petra Chambers-Sinclair of @biohacku!!!
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Early bird price is LIVE for $49. It is going up at some point! You have access to all of this but you can choose what resources you want to explore! LINK IN MY BIO! Let me know if you have questions! I hope to see you in the Facebook group ☺️ #autoimmunehealingintensive #Biohacku
It is with great excitement to share this project with you all. A brand new program called the Autoimmune Healing Intensive will be available (Jan-Feb 2018). This is for anyone who feels like their healing has plateaued, they just can’t figure out health issues, or are interested in more ways to heal from qualified practitioners. So, what’s included? . . * 31 lessons from practitioners of all different backgrounds (including me!) offering their expertise in the form of ebooks, guides, videos, and more! . *Over 20 self-experimentation sheets that you can implement and test in your own life. Find what works for YOU. Some of the people who have contributed to these are @drterrywahls, @thepaleomom and Sally Fallon Morell of @westonaprice! . *8 videos explaining the self-experimentation method . *Exclusive Facebook group with other members and collaborators alike to support you! . *A free copy of the Autoimmune n=1 Workbook Kit courtesy of Petra Chambers-Sinclair of @biohacku!!! . Early bird price is LIVE for $49. It is going up at some point! You have access to all of this but you can choose what resources you want to explore! LINK IN MY BIO! Let me know if you have questions! I hope to see you in the Facebook group ☺️ #autoimmunehealingintensive  #Biohacku 
Bought topshop’s Joni jeans & they are so comfy & not too tight on my stomach 👍✅
Bought topshop’s Joni jeans & they are so comfy & not too tight on my stomach 👍✅
The 🕊holidays are fast approaching and for some, they have already begun. I’m reminded daily for everything that I am 🙏🏼 thankful for. .
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2018 has a lot on the horizon though and I’m really looking forward to this year coming to a close! Not because it wasn’t amazing, because a lot happened for me this year, including two moves, 🏙👉🏻🏡, becoming a Holistic Nutritionist 👩🏻‍🎓, getting certified as a BIE Practitioner 👩🏻‍⚕️⚡️, getting married 👰🏻 to my best friend, starting my business 👜 and growing deeper and more spiritual in my own personal practice, but because I’m ready! I’m ready to take what I’ve accomplished this year and use it as a catalyst to launch 🚀 me into 2 0 1 8❗️
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#balancedbykayla #ulcerativecolitis #crohnsdisease #uc #candidacleanse #inflammatoryboweldisease #ibs #ibd #colonoscopy #celiac #ibdawareness #ulcerativecolitisawareness #holisticnutrition #bioenergetics #biohacking #allergies #guthealth #microbiome #BIE #bioenergeticintoleranceelimination #energywork #kwawesome
The 🕊holidays are fast approaching and for some, they have already begun. I’m reminded daily for everything that I am 🙏🏼 thankful for. . . 2018 has a lot on the horizon though and I’m really looking forward to this year coming to a close! Not because it wasn’t amazing, because a lot happened for me this year, including two moves, 🏙👉🏻🏡, becoming a Holistic Nutritionist 👩🏻‍🎓, getting certified as a BIE Practitioner 👩🏻‍⚕️⚡️, getting married 👰🏻 to my best friend, starting my business 👜 and growing deeper and more spiritual in my own personal practice, but because I’m ready! I’m ready to take what I’ve accomplished this year and use it as a catalyst to launch 🚀 me into 2 0 1 8❗️ . . #balancedbykayla  #ulcerativecolitis  #crohnsdisease  #uc  #candidacleanse  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ibs  #ibd  #colonoscopy  #celiac  #ibdawareness  #ulcerativecolitisawareness  #holisticnutrition  #bioenergetics  #biohacking  #allergies  #guthealth  #microbiome  #BIE  #bioenergeticintoleranceelimination  #energywork  #kwawesome 
Throwback to last week's #Stelara injection 💁🏻💉 My 3rd dose to date (thanks to #crohnsdisease) 🙄
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Stelara is by far the easiest injectable I've done over the years. No painful burn, bruises, or big itchy welts like I've had with Humira, Arixtra, or Lovenox.
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I have had a hangover with my prior two Stelara doses though. As well as the feeling that my skin is on fire. BUT my reaction afterwards has more to do with my #mastcell than the actual biologic itself.
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Mast Cell tends to complicate things and make my reactions out of the norm. This time around though I tolerated the Stelara so much better 🤗 Instead of just premedicating with antihistamines an hour beforehand - my Immunologist had me double up on all of my MCAD meds for 4 days prior - which made a huge difference. NO crazy hangover or days spent in bed afterwards with my skin on fire 🙌 Yay for small victories! ... Plus who doesn't like a little bandaid humor on a hard day (it's the little things) 🙅🏻😝... #myIBD #autoimmunedisease
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#IBD#nocolonstillrollin#invisibleillness#crohnsandcolitis#ileostomy#inflammatoryboweldisease#dysautonomia#eds#ehlersdanlos#fibromyalgia#chronicallyill#survivor#hospital#ostomate#potssyndrome#chronicpain#autoimmune#crohns#potsie#invisibledisease#crohnsawareness#chronicillness#mastcellactivationdisorder#posturalorthostatictachycardiasyndrome #IBDvisible 📷: @crohns_spoonie
Throwback to last week's #Stelara  injection 💁🏻💉 My 3rd dose to date (thanks to #crohnsdisease ) 🙄 . Stelara is by far the easiest injectable I've done over the years. No painful burn, bruises, or big itchy welts like I've had with Humira, Arixtra, or Lovenox. . I have had a hangover with my prior two Stelara doses though. As well as the feeling that my skin is on fire. BUT my reaction afterwards has more to do with my #mastcell  than the actual biologic itself. . Mast Cell tends to complicate things and make my reactions out of the norm. This time around though I tolerated the Stelara so much better 🤗 Instead of just premedicating with antihistamines an hour beforehand - my Immunologist had me double up on all of my MCAD meds for 4 days prior - which made a huge difference. NO crazy hangover or days spent in bed afterwards with my skin on fire 🙌 Yay for small victories! ... Plus who doesn't like a little bandaid humor on a hard day (it's the little things) 🙅🏻😝... #myIBD  #autoimmunedisease  . . . . . . . . . . . . . #IBD #nocolonstillrollin #invisibleillness #crohnsandcolitis #ileostomy #inflammatoryboweldisease #dysautonomia #eds #ehlersdanlos #fibromyalgia #chronicallyill #survivor #hospital #ostomate #potssyndrome #chronicpain #autoimmune #crohns #potsie #invisibledisease #crohnsawareness #chronicillness #mastcellactivationdisorder #posturalorthostatictachycardiasyndrome  #IBDvisible  📷: @crohns_spoonie