I found myself listening to Kesha’s newer song “praying” yesterday while heading to work. The lyrics mixed with the passion she sang with overwhelmed me and I began to sob uncontrollably.
I’m usually okay talking about how I’m feeling with others. I’ll tell them I’m feeling crappy or that I’m pissed off my symptoms are back. But what I don’t share all the time is how it affects me. I get T E R R I F I E D every single time the word “flare” creeps back into my mind, which is hard for others to understand. I think back to the traumatic times I had as a child where flares lasted 6+ months to years, where I looked like a skeleton or a balloon in photos. When I can remember exactly what memories I was robbed of and what “good times” Crohn’s managed to ruin. I think of the one complication that happened 10+ years ago every. single. day that caused me to need Pearle today. And then there’s feeling hopelessness. Like, really? After all this hard work and the time I put this past year to be successful this is how my body is going to repay me? With fatigue and joint pain and extra-intestinal symptoms up the wazoo? .
I think it’s safe to say I have a bit of trauma from my disease and with good reason. But today after seeing how I reacted to listening to one song on the radio I realized I wasn’t dealing with my emotions lately. I’m too good at suppressing those hard emotions, as we all are. But it’s important to feel them when they’re raw like that. And I’m comfortable sharing moments like these with you all here on my platform because this my safe place to do so.
“But after everything you've done I can thank you for how strong I have become, 'cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself” 💙💙💙💙💙 #ostomyawareness#colostomy#ibd#crohns#colitis#ileostomy#ibdwarrior#ostomate#colostomylife#askmeaboutmyostomy#stillgotguts#semicolonstillrollin#inflammatoryboweldisease#chronicillness#spoonie#autoimmunedisease#permanentcolostomy
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), like Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, debilitate about 2 million people in the US, landing them in the hospital and away from their family and their work.
Besides the traditional allopathic recommendations, botanical supplements such as probiotics, Omega 3 fatty acids and berberine can help mitigate symptoms. Eliminating foods such as bread, pasta and sugar, which can multiply harmful bacteria in the gut, can also be positive.
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This post is more for the ladies. 😉 I'm 2.5 years post partum and still haven't gotten my cycle back. I am still breastfeeding, but I nursed my other kids this long and my cycle came back between 18-23 months pp. My doctor just did a hormone work up and that came back normal so it's not hormonal. I think it's because I lost weight during my last big flare (1.5 years ago) and haven't been able to put much back on. I've been under 100 lbs since then, I feel like if I could put weight on, it would come back. I do like mot having to deal with it, but to me, it's also a sign my body/health isn't where it should be. Anyone else dealt with loss of menstruation from UC? #uc#ulcerativecolitis#ulcerativecolitislife#ibd#autoimmunedisease#inflammatoryboweldisease#ucwarrior#ucproblems
I have ridden the 3 Dams Cycling Challenge SIX times and am in the BWA Hall of Fame for my efforts. I struggle with a chronic medical condition so I am pretty proud of my achievement. This year, I have decided to take on a new challenge. I have never completed a trail running event before but just signed up for the five-race Perth Summer Series (gulp!) I am in the middle of a nasty ulcerative colitis flare and some might say I am silly committing to something new and difficult in the middle of a health crisis. Maybe I am. My husband rolled his eyes. But I need goals, I need to strive, I need to get out there and challenge myself, feel normal. I will not succumb to being an invalid. I will be sensible in my training management - my rival is this disease, not other healthy competitors. 🌄🏃✔ #nevergiveup#alwayssmiling#exerciseismedicine#trailrunning#perthsummertrailseries
This is one of my favorite quotes. Many of us are going through things that just do not always make sense right now. We are thrown into journeys that we never anticipated experiencing, leaving us feeling really lost at times. But there IS a meaning behind all of this. You may not understand right now, or next month, or even next year. But eventually it will all make sense. Until then: stay strong, surround yourself with the ones you love, and never stop fighting 💜
Never would I ever have thought I'd be at a point in life when keeping weight ON was a challenge. My pants keep getting bigger & I'm not trying to lose weight. Focus on your gut health vs. trying to lose weight. I wish I would have known more when I was younger. Please message me if you're struggling. I can help. I feel like I'm on a mission, a fucking uphill battle, against all the big food/soda/sugar companies. They all want to keep you hooked. They have been killing us with misinformation. All of the research is now showing the fastest way to health (healthy weight included in that) is to focus on your gut health. If you're not sure where to start, message me. If you're wanting more info, message me. If you want to be healthy but have no fucking clue what that means or looks like, message me. If you're struggling in any area of your health, message me. I'm making myself available AF as a FREE HEALTH COACH for the next 3 months. I don't foresee myself being at this point again so take advantage now 👌🏼
It is currently estimated that 1 million Americans suffer from Ulcerative Colitis. This disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the large intestine (colon) 🔬.
Inflammation occurs as a defense mechanism for the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to destruction of tissue.💥 The body recognizes this destruction and responds by sending T-cells to infiltrate the colon. Subsets of T-cells accumulate in the basement membrane of the affected segment.
These T-cells are cytotoxic to the colonic tissue, this leads to an increase in B cells and plasma cells, which produce antibodies. The body will typically have increased levels of IgG (increased in immune response) and IgE (increased in allergic reactions)⬆️.
Testing for allergens can help the doctor determine what diet would be the best for the patient 👩🏽⚕️. If this is not possible, an elimination diet can work similarly. To start, one could focus on eliminating known inflammatory foods such as: alcohol 🍷, soy 🍱, gluten 🥖, dairy 🥛, and sugar 🍫 and slowly re-introducing them. Exacerbation of symptoms will indicate which food is upsetting the patient. Implementing different herbs and supplements can also help.
📍Probiotics—Reintroduces healthy bacteria into the gut.
📍Curcumin—Has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
📍Boswellia—Has anti-microbial properties, can reduce the synthesis of inflammatory species.
📍Aloe—antibacterial and antifungal activity, stimulates the immune system by increasing macrophage activity. (Avoid high sugar aloe drinks!)
📍Psyllium—works as a bulk laxative, helps with motility within the colon.
"I was particularly impressed how the redness in my eyes and itching improved. I have had chronic blepharitis all my life and the rotational plan and Immuno Bloodprint helped me determine which foods were the cause." Dr. Belanger, ND.⠀
What is Blepharitis? It's inflammation of the eyelid. Why would determining what your food sensitivities are help with a condition like this? The key word here is inflammation. Food Sensitivities cause inflammatory reactions to occur in your body. Change what you eat and inflammation will decrease. So what you eat can affect every part of your body, even down to your eyelid.⠀
If you would like to learn more about food sensitivities and how following the results of the Immuno Bloodprint can help you fight inflammation please feel free to message us.
Great visit with our internal medicine specialist today. It’s been 3.5 months since Monty had his last flare of #inflammatoryboweldisease , and he’s doing great! Weight is stable, he’s active and playful, and we are going to start a slow reduction of the steroid. So grateful he is #petplanprotected !! Thank you @petplanpetinsurance
Do Not Wait until you get diagnosed with cancer! 🙅🏼🙅🏻♂️ 🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫 Especially those of YOU that have ongoing signs and symptoms of digestive issues! Disease Starts in the GUT!! In metastasis, cancer cells break away from where they first formed (primary cancer), travel through the blood or lymph system, and form new tumors (metastatic tumors) in other parts of the body. The metastatic tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. 🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅🔅 Tough Love talk right now! 🗣
👊🏼 Get out of denial 👊🏼 Get out of fear 👊🏼 Deal with YOUR issues NOW before they lead to life threatening consequences!
Preventative ~ Proactive ~ Alternative Self-care & treatments are a great place to start your health & wellness journey! 🥗 get your diet in check
🚴🏼♀️ get your physical activity in check 🌀 get your stress managed
💦 water the body to heal from the inside out
😃get and stay healthy to win the war on cancer!
Back Day!!!! I’m really surprised at how much my lats in particular have grown ... love seeing new muscle growth it’s such an ADDICTION!!!! 💪🏼🙌🏼 *wide grip rows
*Deadlifts (which yes I am a trainer but dang I suck at these but I actually did pretty well!) *wide grip lat pull downs *wide grip lat pull over
Finished with a strip set for biceps 💪🏼
My mammy is staying with us for a few days as she brought Maya home to us after minding her whilst we were away on holiday, so we decided to take advantage of the sunshine yesterday and go see the colourful Autumnal leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum before they turn all brown and scabby! 🍁🍂🍁
It was my first day going on an adventure in my new wheelchair so it was slightly nerve wracking but I needn't have worried as it turned out great and made my day so much better and less exhausting than it would have been otherwise 🙌
If you remember a good few months ago I mentioned that I'd had a couple of appointments but I wasn't ready to discuss them...? Well they were regarding getting a wheelchair! And I felt a bit weird about it because when we collected the chair around Easter time I was actually beginning to feel a little bit better and didn't feel justified in getting it. But, I am so so glad we had it there ready for this Autumn because this past month I've seen a big decline in my health and energy, what with getting that bad stomach bug in September, pushing myself by going on holiday again, and the change in season which seems to have caused a flareup/relapse. Without this wheelchair and my excellent driver (Ed) I would not have managed or enjoyed yesterday at all because I would have been far too exhausted and dazed with super high pain levels from pushing myself to walk so far. With that in mind I cannot look at my first day of using my wheelchair with sadness but rather happiness that it'll help me to enjoy and afford to spend energy on the more important parts of those special days out, without feeling too horrible at the end of the day! ♿️
I do however feel I need to jazz it up a little and give it a name, I'm sort of feeling Betty, but I don't know...any ideas?! 😊
(P.s copying @nnkmll 😽and making a #wheelsfordoof tag for myself!)
For this post and I’m not sure how many of you will actually read this but since I don’t have too many pictures to share of my past history of my journey, I think I’m gonna go a different route and share my story and do a little info and awareness for our chronic illness and show a serious side to me especially for my real life friends who are probably wondering about my rants.....lol. I was 16 years old when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I had never heard of the illness or was I even prepared for what I was getting into when it first hit me. When the symptoms started to manifest I blew it off as something that would go away. Unfortunately, it kept getting worse. My mother dragged to a doctor to figure out what was wrong only for him to tell her that I was on drugs probably doing cocaine. My mother flipped out and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, not only should you never piss off a Latina but don’t EVER piss off one who’s a single parent and worried about her kids health. She took me over to another hospital where I was better treated and diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. As the years passed, I noticed that I would have flare ups in the fall/winter but would have remission during the spring/summer semesters. They were rollercoaster flare ups by the time I was 21 I had finally been in remission for 4 years until I hit 25 and unexpectedly became hospitalized. That’s when I first learned of remicade which was a new treatment for me at that time and it did wonders for me! By the time I hit 29 I had a bad flare up that just permanently scarred my colon. I toughed it out for 2 more years until I just couldn’t handle the exhaustion and tendencies of wanting to pass out. By the time I was 31, the option of having my colon removed came up. The doctors notice I had polyps and the original plan was to have 3/4 of my colon removed then after I healed remove the polyps and then talk about reattachment. After about 6 months of having my ileostomy, I went to see the doctor about removing the polyps. It turns out that they were pseudo polyps and it was my illness trying to flare up only there wasn’t anything it could do. (This story will continue in the comments)👇🏼
Walnuts are a good source of copper and a very good source of manganese. Unfortunately approximately 64 million Americans have a delayed food sensitivity to walnut. Because of its very high level of reactivity, if nuts are a part of your diet we recommend sending us a message letting us know what chronic health symptoms you have been experiencing. We can connect you with one of our Food Sensitivity Experts to assist you in finding out if nuts, or any other common foods, may be triggering your symptoms.
W o r k o u t • Kettlebells! And foam rollers!! Not doing anything too strenuous this afternoon for exercise but will do a few KB exercises and some stretching 🙆🏼 Looking forward to an online catch up with the team and some online training later 🙂 #kettlebell#foamroller#workout
Throw back to thanksgiving a week ago ! It's 7:30am right now and all I feel is tired and defeated. I have a day of class and studying and life ahead and I'm really not feeling ready for any of it. I would kill to just stay at home and sleep and read 😷😞 I barely see friends anymore and the most exciting part of my life in the past week was going to buy socks 😂 oh well. Hopefully I can start new medication soon /: #ulcerativecolitis#UC#ibd#inflammatoryboweldisease#crohns#chronicillness#healthy
🖤 GIRL BOSS 🖤
Loving this sweater from @shop.bash ! Keeping up with your goals and dreams while battling a chronic illness is never easy. In fact, battling a chronic illness and recovering are full time jobs! The last year, I have been working towards my master’s degree through hospital stays, ambulance rides, and 4 surgeries. I never thought I would be able to still pursue my degree while being so sick, but I just take it one day at a time and do the best that I can.
My health will always come first, but that doesn’t stop me from pursuing my goals! Happy Monday, everyone! ☀️
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So I didn't get a chance to post this on Friday, but Friday was my year anniversary of taking Humira for my ulcerative colitis. A year ago I took my first four starter injections into my stomach in a square pattern around my belly button. My ulcerative colitis was so severe that my GI doctor skipped all of the other medication options and went straight to biologic therapy. I was fearful that my body would fail the medication, one of the strongest options out there for my disease, and that I would have to either drive to an infusion center for medication to be put in me via an IV or worse- that I would lose my large intestine. At first it seemed like I was failing it, until February when my doctor upped my dosage to weekly injections from the biweekly injections I was originally on. By June I felt better than I had in a year, and today (most days) I can't even tell that I'm considered a "chronically ill" person. I'm very grateful for this medication, though the side effects and risks can be horrifying and I'll be on it for the rest of my life (or until my body rejects it), this medication has given me my new "normal" life. 🙌🏻💜💪🏻💉
A new post is up on my blog about my recovery so far! The results of my pathology report from my surgery came back this week, revealing severe, acute pouchitis, cryptitis, abscesses, and severe ulceration within my j-pouch.
It is hard when something you were so hopeful for becomes a loss. I never anticipated to lose my j-pouch, let alone so quickly. But the decision was made with my current and future health in mind and I am so thankful for it. It is only forward from here ☀️
Studies have found #cannabis to effectively combat the symptoms associated with #crohnsdisease . Cannabinoids provide anti-inflammatory effects, subsequently reducing #pain , offering #nausea relief, and reducing the feelings of unpleasantness.
One study, in which #inflammatoryboweldisease disease patients were treated with cannabis for three months, improvements in the patients’ general #health perception, social functioning, ability to work, physical pain and #depression were found. Participants also saw increases in body weight and #BMI .
In another study, patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease reported that cannabis was “very helpful” in relieving their #abdominal pain, nausea and #diarrhea . Cannabis has also been found to improve appetite and sleep in Crohn’s disease patients.
In what is likely due to cannabis’ ability to improve symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, #cannabinoids have also been associated with a reduced need of other #medications in patients with Crohn's disease.