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Five years since I received my ulcerative colitis-turned Crohn's-turned ulcerative colitis diagnosis! Talking about overcoming five obstacles on the blog today- link in bio. Special shoutout to the UC Warriors and Crohnies running the FULL FREAKIN NYC MARATHON this weekend 🎉 @ehzentner 💩 There in spirit! P.S. ASTROS WIN & I GOT A JOB (pending drug screening). Just wins all around!
Five years since I received my ulcerative colitis-turned Crohn's-turned ulcerative colitis diagnosis! Talking about overcoming five obstacles on the blog today- link in bio. Special shoutout to the UC Warriors and Crohnies running the FULL FREAKIN NYC MARATHON this weekend 🎉 @ehzentner 💩 There in spirit! P.S. ASTROS WIN & I GOT A JOB (pending drug screening). Just wins all around!
I’m one day late, but better late then never. I would like to join @crohnscolitisfoundation and celebrate the #IBDAwarenessweek with this rather cliché inspiring quote 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had enjoyed watching the foundations Instagram stories where lots of young people were sharing their experiences with battling Crohn’s and Colitis. I’m so happy to see the support group growing and more individuals speaking up about it without any shame. It literally takes a lot of guts to experience flares, adjust your life style to this diseases and it’s a constant learning proces - It’s good to know we all can go through it together and share our knowledge. To all the Crohnies and Colities(?) out there - STAY POSITIVE and talk about it ! 💪🏼😘 #UCWarrior #IBDvisible
I’m one day late, but better late then never. I would like to join @crohnscolitisfoundation and celebrate the #IBDAwarenessweek  with this rather cliché inspiring quote 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had enjoyed watching the foundations Instagram stories where lots of young people were sharing their experiences with battling Crohn’s and Colitis. I’m so happy to see the support group growing and more individuals speaking up about it without any shame. It literally takes a lot of guts to experience flares, adjust your life style to this diseases and it’s a constant learning proces - It’s good to know we all can go through it together and share our knowledge. To all the Crohnies and Colities(?) out there - STAY POSITIVE and talk about it ! 💪🏼😘 #UCWarrior  #IBDvisible 
Breaking my #intermittentfasting 18/6 with this delicious #nutrientdense chicken heart salad #aippaleo #ketodiet #ucwarrior
Hello friends, I have some great news to share. Since my Ulcerative Colitis diagnoses in 2013, I've not had further invasive testing to track my healing progress.  I knew I was feeling better as my symptoms diminished, but I still wanted a clearer picture of my progress. Colonoscopy will show the current state of my gut but this procedure can also trigger flares in some people. So when my GI suggested a non-invasion test to check for the inflammation levels of the mucosa lining,  I jumped on it. I'm delighted to share that my IBD is in remission. Honestly, I had no idea I would ever hear those words, especially when I was told, by another GI in the same office, that I would be "one in a million if I thought I could control my condition through diet. " Well, I did it and I think many more people can too. To celebrate my wellness victory,  I'm giving away this Young Living Digize Blend to someone who wants some digestion love. I know I healed my gut through lifestyle and diet change, but I got myself out of the house, past fears and limiting thoughts,  through these amazing pure essential oils. I can't wait to share their magic with you. Let's connect to chat more. Copy and paste this link to enter giveaway ->>> http://gvwy.io/eli9q8s #ibdremission #ucwarrior #gratitude #joy #selflove
Hello friends, I have some great news to share. Since my Ulcerative Colitis diagnoses in 2013, I've not had further invasive testing to track my healing progress. I knew I was feeling better as my symptoms diminished, but I still wanted a clearer picture of my progress. Colonoscopy will show the current state of my gut but this procedure can also trigger flares in some people. So when my GI suggested a non-invasion test to check for the inflammation levels of the mucosa lining, I jumped on it. I'm delighted to share that my IBD is in remission. Honestly, I had no idea I would ever hear those words, especially when I was told, by another GI in the same office, that I would be "one in a million if I thought I could control my condition through diet. " Well, I did it and I think many more people can too. To celebrate my wellness victory, I'm giving away this Young Living Digize Blend to someone who wants some digestion love. I know I healed my gut through lifestyle and diet change, but I got myself out of the house, past fears and limiting thoughts, through these amazing pure essential oils. I can't wait to share their magic with you. Let's connect to chat more. Copy and paste this link to enter giveaway ->>> http://gvwy.io/eli9q8s #ibdremission  #ucwarrior  #gratitude  #joy  #selflove 
Late meal on a busy day. As a #UCer, balancing my meals has a whole new meaning. Fibre can be especially tricky. Some times I can enjoy my #bigsalad with no issues (definitely more than the 10 cups) of greens a day.  Lately, eating just the right amount of starchy root vegetables like yam makes my tummy happy. I am loving these purple yams for their colour, tastes and tummy magic, great with couple slices of leftover grilled turkey thighs and mango. [@astridfox_art]  #AIP4UC #UCwarrior #aippaleo
Late meal on a busy day. As a #UCer , balancing my meals has a whole new meaning. Fibre can be especially tricky. Some times I can enjoy my #bigsalad  with no issues (definitely more than the 10 cups) of greens a day. Lately, eating just the right amount of starchy root vegetables like yam makes my tummy happy. I am loving these purple yams for their colour, tastes and tummy magic, great with couple slices of leftover grilled turkey thighs and mango. [@astridfox_art] #AIP4UC  #UCwarrior  #aippaleo 
One late and one almost missed ferry last night stirred my stomach a bit, but this view and the sound of the ocean is starting to reset my mind. [@astridfox_art]  #AIP4UC #UCwarrior #aippaleo
One late and one almost missed ferry last night stirred my stomach a bit, but this view and the sound of the ocean is starting to reset my mind. [@astridfox_art] #AIP4UC  #UCwarrior  #aippaleo 
Being 6 hours further North then home right after #summersolstice is giving us later sunset. Just need to show you our dinner view too. [@astridfox_art] #AIPmealontheroad #AIP4UC #UCwarrior #aippaleo
Unattended roadside honey and egg stand. Island trust and honesty way. Leave money and take your purchas. #texadaisland [@astridfox_art] #AIPmealontheroad #AIP4UC #UCwarrior #aippaleo
PATIENCE...do you have it? 
It took me a LONG time to realize that the most rewarding things don’t happen overnight. 
Each and every day I show up on my mat because I know that overtime my hard work will pay off!!! What you do every day truly matters!!!!!! Ready for a new daily routine that will be SO rewarding?!? 🤗30 minute exercise
🥑Daily superfoods
💃🏼Accountability 👌🏽Simple nutrition plans 🙌🏽Mental clarity 😜Energy 
January 3rd is the next chance to join my fit club! Message me to learn more. 😍
PATIENCE...do you have it? It took me a LONG time to realize that the most rewarding things don’t happen overnight. Each and every day I show up on my mat because I know that overtime my hard work will pay off!!! What you do every day truly matters!!!!!! Ready for a new daily routine that will be SO rewarding?!? 🤗30 minute exercise 🥑Daily superfoods 💃🏼Accountability 👌🏽Simple nutrition plans 🙌🏽Mental clarity 😜Energy January 3rd is the next chance to join my fit club! Message me to learn more. 😍
dear boys with UC/Crohn's disease,
it is ok to speak out about your symptoms. I've heard more than one story of a teenage boy being too embarrassed to tell anyone that he was having issues - blaming chronic pain, vomiting, fatigue, bloody stools, fever, and weight loss on nervousness or hiding it completely. getting help does not make you weak. getting help does not make you less of a man. you should not have to suffer in silence. Crohn's and colitis need to be talked about. get help. I support you. don't wait until you're too ill to keep it a secret anymore.
love,
Columbia (a girl who believed she was sick but OTHERS blamed her symptoms on anxiety. spoiler alert: she was right about her own body.)
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#fuckcrohns #fuckulcerativecolitis #ulcerativecolitis #crohnsdisease #crohnie #uc #crohns #ucwarrior #crohnscolitisawareness #crohnswarrior #crohnsawareness #ulcerativecolitisawareness #crohnsandcolitisfoundationofamerica #crohnslife #ulcerativecolitissucks
dear boys with UC/Crohn's disease, it is ok to speak out about your symptoms. I've heard more than one story of a teenage boy being too embarrassed to tell anyone that he was having issues - blaming chronic pain, vomiting, fatigue, bloody stools, fever, and weight loss on nervousness or hiding it completely. getting help does not make you weak. getting help does not make you less of a man. you should not have to suffer in silence. Crohn's and colitis need to be talked about. get help. I support you. don't wait until you're too ill to keep it a secret anymore. love, Columbia (a girl who believed she was sick but OTHERS blamed her symptoms on anxiety. spoiler alert: she was right about her own body.) ••• #fuckcrohns  #fuckulcerativecolitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #crohnsdisease  #crohnie  #uc  #crohns  #ucwarrior  #crohnscolitisawareness  #crohnswarrior  #crohnsawareness  #ulcerativecolitisawareness  #crohnsandcolitisfoundationofamerica  #crohnslife  #ulcerativecolitissucks 
Current mood about SCD = #notimpressed 🤔 Before I started I was making AWESOME progress on CBD oil. Bleeding had stopped and stools were solid. Now, 11 days into SCD I’ve got loose stools and this morning, had a tiny bit of urgency and pain!! 🤬🤯 I am getting a bit frustrated and honestly am seriously thinking of stopping SCD and going back into my usual GF/DF diet and letting the CBD work its magic on its own. I think maybe a month of CBD to test out how I feel on that alone is what I should have done before started SCD. I know there’s a “die off” phase but I honestly feel in my gut (literally) that things aren’t improving. Thoughts? I’m just really kicking myself for not letting the CBD trial by itself first!! 😫
Current mood about SCD = #notimpressed  🤔 Before I started I was making AWESOME progress on CBD oil. Bleeding had stopped and stools were solid. Now, 11 days into SCD I’ve got loose stools and this morning, had a tiny bit of urgency and pain!! 🤬🤯 I am getting a bit frustrated and honestly am seriously thinking of stopping SCD and going back into my usual GF/DF diet and letting the CBD work its magic on its own. I think maybe a month of CBD to test out how I feel on that alone is what I should have done before started SCD. I know there’s a “die off” phase but I honestly feel in my gut (literally) that things aren’t improving. Thoughts? I’m just really kicking myself for not letting the CBD trial by itself first!! 😫
For this throwback Thursday here’s a pic of me when I was about 7 years old before I even knew what Crohn’s disease was! Don’t ask what’s up with my hair because I’m surprised my mom even let me take my pic looking like that 😂 #throwbackthursday #tbt #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness
For this throwback Thursday here’s a pic of me when I was about 7 years old before I even knew what Crohn’s disease was! Don’t ask what’s up with my hair because I’m surprised my mom even let me take my pic looking like that 😂 #throwbackthursday  #tbt  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness 
One of the biggest influences to me growing up was this man, Sylvester Stallone. Even though he may not suffer any major illnesses, although his left face is paralyzed, he struggled before his career even took off. What I find ironic is that he always manages to typecast himself as the underdog in almost everything he plays and I can’t help but think he does that to remember the adversity he went through to make it big. As IBD and Chronic Illness Warriors we too are underdogs in our own lives and journeys and we must do all that we can to overcome and defy the odds and to achieve and accomplish the goals that we desire for ourselves! I’ve seen many Warriors on here that have achieved so much and it’s also an inspiration and we all need inspiration to help encourage and motivate us! #sylvesterstallone #adversity #overcomingadversity #positivity #inspiring #inspiration #stayingstrong #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
One of the biggest influences to me growing up was this man, Sylvester Stallone. Even though he may not suffer any major illnesses, although his left face is paralyzed, he struggled before his career even took off. What I find ironic is that he always manages to typecast himself as the underdog in almost everything he plays and I can’t help but think he does that to remember the adversity he went through to make it big. As IBD and Chronic Illness Warriors we too are underdogs in our own lives and journeys and we must do all that we can to overcome and defy the odds and to achieve and accomplish the goals that we desire for ourselves! I’ve seen many Warriors on here that have achieved so much and it’s also an inspiration and we all need inspiration to help encourage and motivate us! #sylvesterstallone  #adversity  #overcomingadversity  #positivity  #inspiring  #inspiration  #stayingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Winner winner chicken dinner!! My spin on a Chicken Pad Thai. Easy and oh so delicious. 🍜✨🙌🏼🤤
Winner winner chicken dinner!! My spin on a Chicken Pad Thai. Easy and oh so delicious. 🍜✨🙌🏼🤤
“To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” - Buddha
“To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” - Buddha
There’s no such thing as bad weather.  Only bad clothing. ❄️☃️❄️ Three week surgi-versary and so off to the gym I go!  Here’s the plan:

15 mins incline walk on the treadmill to nowhere

15 at a moderate pace on the stationary bike to nowhere

Upper body cable work - straight arm pulls, tricep press, curls, chest press, rear delt pulls

A little of everything to wake the system. #wakeywakey  #ibd #ibdwarrior #ucwarrior #butyoudontlooksick #ulcerativecolitis #workoutwednesday
There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing. ❄️☃️❄️ Three week surgi-versary and so off to the gym I go! Here’s the plan: 15 mins incline walk on the treadmill to nowhere 15 at a moderate pace on the stationary bike to nowhere Upper body cable work - straight arm pulls, tricep press, curls, chest press, rear delt pulls A little of everything to wake the system. #wakeywakey  #ibd  #ibdwarrior  #ucwarrior  #butyoudontlooksick  #ulcerativecolitis  #workoutwednesday 
I haven’t eaten a salad in 6 years due to my UC but these superfoods are equal to 5 salads!!!!! Can’t beat it! 🙌🏽
I haven’t eaten a salad in 6 years due to my UC but these superfoods are equal to 5 salads!!!!! Can’t beat it! 🙌🏽
Happy Tummy🌱💚
Happy Tummy🌱💚
What are your go-to safe foods? Mine are bananas, (as seen in this pic taken on Halloween 🐒😜), avocados, eggs, chicken, butternut squash and lean beef.  When in a flare I make a big batch of homemade chicken stock with carrots only and eat on it for about five days.
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I think that finding your safe foods and having some always readily available has been a relief and literal life saver. It also helps to reduce stress, which I know you all know is paramount to keeping inflammation down✅
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But I am truly curious, what are your go-to safe foods?
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#monkey #bananna #uc #safefoods #eattolive #foodmatters #foodismedicine #ucwarrior #ibd #chronicinflammation #ulcerativecolitis #autoimmunedisease #staystrong #talesoftheinflamed
What are your go-to safe foods? Mine are bananas, (as seen in this pic taken on Halloween 🐒😜), avocados, eggs, chicken, butternut squash and lean beef. When in a flare I make a big batch of homemade chicken stock with carrots only and eat on it for about five days. • I think that finding your safe foods and having some always readily available has been a relief and literal life saver. It also helps to reduce stress, which I know you all know is paramount to keeping inflammation down✅ • But I am truly curious, what are your go-to safe foods? . . . #monkey  #bananna  #uc  #safefoods  #eattolive  #foodmatters  #foodismedicine  #ucwarrior  #ibd  #chronicinflammation  #ulcerativecolitis  #autoimmunedisease  #staystrong  #talesoftheinflamed 
Reason 4892673 I hate living with a chronic invisible illness. Today my favorite little guy is heading to the surgery center to get his tonsils removed after too many episodes of strep throat. I woke up to go along to hold his hand and to assure him everything would be okay only to realize i have a 102.7 temp. 🤒 and i felt awful. Not knowing what the underlying cause of my fever it was best i stayed home, take some Tylenol and hopefully get some more sleep... oh, and to call the doctors office when they open. But before he left i had to get a quick bathroom selfie in (cause of course i was stuck in there too) and give him a big kiss and a hug. I love you Kadyn! Today will go great and KayKay will have your ice cream ready when you get home! 🍦
#kadynallen #tonsilectomy #auntielovesyou #surgerytoday
Reason 4892673 I hate living with a chronic invisible illness. Today my favorite little guy is heading to the surgery center to get his tonsils removed after too many episodes of strep throat. I woke up to go along to hold his hand and to assure him everything would be okay only to realize i have a 102.7 temp. 🤒 and i felt awful. Not knowing what the underlying cause of my fever it was best i stayed home, take some Tylenol and hopefully get some more sleep... oh, and to call the doctors office when they open. But before he left i had to get a quick bathroom selfie in (cause of course i was stuck in there too) and give him a big kiss and a hug. I love you Kadyn! Today will go great and KayKay will have your ice cream ready when you get home! 🍦 #kadynallen  #tonsilectomy  #auntielovesyou  #surgerytoday 
We’re always going to struggle in our lives but getting back up when we fall and putting up a good fight is what makes life worth living at times. We can’t dwell and put blame or come up with excuses so the best thing to do is learn from what causes these downfalls, move on and try to improve ourselves and go out and show the world what we are made of! #inspiring #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #stayingstrong #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
We’re always going to struggle in our lives but getting back up when we fall and putting up a good fight is what makes life worth living at times. We can’t dwell and put blame or come up with excuses so the best thing to do is learn from what causes these downfalls, move on and try to improve ourselves and go out and show the world what we are made of! #inspiring  #inspiration  #inspirationalquotes  #stayingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Lunch🥗🥗🥗!!! Chicken spinach salad topped with blackberry basil vinaigrette. Simply scrumptious ✨✨✨
Lunch🥗🥗🥗!!! Chicken spinach salad topped with blackberry basil vinaigrette. Simply scrumptious ✨✨✨
The photo on the left is from maybe 1-2 weeks after my daughters UC diagnosis. She was in constant pain and having bloody diarrhea many times a day. Within a few days from when this photo was taken she was admitted again to Children’s Hospital for IV steroids and IV pain meds. She was also consented for blood transfusions but didn’t ultimately get any. The photo on the right is from 6 months after she started the SCD diet and she was at Camp Oasis. After 2.5 weeks on SCD her symptoms were gone, and now at 1 year she still has not had any symptoms, her labs are normal, and she has gotten taller and gained 10lbs. #scd #scddiet #specificcarbohydratediet #ibdwarrior #ucwarrior
The photo on the left is from maybe 1-2 weeks after my daughters UC diagnosis. She was in constant pain and having bloody diarrhea many times a day. Within a few days from when this photo was taken she was admitted again to Children’s Hospital for IV steroids and IV pain meds. She was also consented for blood transfusions but didn’t ultimately get any. The photo on the right is from 6 months after she started the SCD diet and she was at Camp Oasis. After 2.5 weeks on SCD her symptoms were gone, and now at 1 year she still has not had any symptoms, her labs are normal, and she has gotten taller and gained 10lbs. #scd  #scddiet  #specificcarbohydratediet  #ibdwarrior  #ucwarrior 
Looking through old photos and found a bunch from the really difficult time after my daughter was diagnosed. The photo on the left was shortly after her 2nd hospitalization for her UC flare- where she received IV steroids for 8 days. She was on prednisone and azathioprine here. We were only a little over a month out from diagnosis and things just felt grim to me- I was worried she would suffer the rest of her life and I was struggling with the thought of her always hurting and being embarrassed, and needing to know where the nearest bathroom was. The photo on the right was about 9 months later- it was taken 3 months after she started SCD due to starting another flare. She finally looked and felt healthy again and her labs were normal. She hasn’t had symptoms since about 2.5 weeks on SCD- she has now been on SCD for almost one year #scd #scddiet #specificcarbohydratediet #ibdwarrior #ucwarrior
Looking through old photos and found a bunch from the really difficult time after my daughter was diagnosed. The photo on the left was shortly after her 2nd hospitalization for her UC flare- where she received IV steroids for 8 days. She was on prednisone and azathioprine here. We were only a little over a month out from diagnosis and things just felt grim to me- I was worried she would suffer the rest of her life and I was struggling with the thought of her always hurting and being embarrassed, and needing to know where the nearest bathroom was. The photo on the right was about 9 months later- it was taken 3 months after she started SCD due to starting another flare. She finally looked and felt healthy again and her labs were normal. She hasn’t had symptoms since about 2.5 weeks on SCD- she has now been on SCD for almost one year #scd  #scddiet  #specificcarbohydratediet  #ibdwarrior  #ucwarrior 
Just. Don’t. Stop. 👊🏼
Just. Don’t. Stop. 👊🏼
Anyone else feel so accomplished when they make a delicious pie? 😬

Only a handful of clean ingredients to make this beauty!

I’m a happy girl. 😍
Anyone else feel so accomplished when they make a delicious pie? 😬 Only a handful of clean ingredients to make this beauty! I’m a happy girl. 😍
This is awesome! I’m just a regular average guy that’s no different than anyone else, man or woman, who is just trying to find his own place in this crazy world and I do my best to be an example to those around me and my hope and prayer is that I can somehow touch those that are willing to learn, listen, watch, etc. and if I have to do it through some of these means to do so then I know that I have done my job 😌🙏🏼💜❤️ #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
This is awesome! I’m just a regular average guy that’s no different than anyone else, man or woman, who is just trying to find his own place in this crazy world and I do my best to be an example to those around me and my hope and prayer is that I can somehow touch those that are willing to learn, listen, watch, etc. and if I have to do it through some of these means to do so then I know that I have done my job 😌🙏🏼💜❤️ #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 
Ok, I know I’ve posted this quote a few months ago but this this still gives me a good laugh and I found it with a pic! Although, this does hold true to an extent 😂🤣 #quotes #funnyquotes #humorousquotes #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Ok, I know I’ve posted this quote a few months ago but this this still gives me a good laugh and I found it with a pic! Although, this does hold true to an extent 😂🤣 #quotes  #funnyquotes  #humorousquotes  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
OMGGGG I haven’t worked out in a WEEK AND I felt it. 
I was down for the count with a virus but I’m finally feeling myself again. 🙌🏽 What I noticed when I didn’t work out:
👉🏼Anxiety increased
👉🏼Aggravation increased
👉🏼Feeling overwhelmed increased 👉🏼Harder to focus
👉🏼Lacked energy/motivation

This time of the year sickness and stress are high! Grateful for this convenient, beneficial, and amazing way of life! 💛 
Take care of yourself during the holidays and enjoy every moment.
OMGGGG I haven’t worked out in a WEEK AND I felt it. I was down for the count with a virus but I’m finally feeling myself again. 🙌🏽 What I noticed when I didn’t work out: 👉🏼Anxiety increased 👉🏼Aggravation increased 👉🏼Feeling overwhelmed increased 👉🏼Harder to focus 👉🏼Lacked energy/motivation This time of the year sickness and stress are high! Grateful for this convenient, beneficial, and amazing way of life! 💛 Take care of yourself during the holidays and enjoy every moment.
My precious, precious parents!! Celebrated my dad’s bday last night and my mom’s last month. So fun!! They are the best support system I could ever ask for. I truly don’t know what I would do without them. If you surround yourself with positive people you will live a positive life. 💞💞💞
My precious, precious parents!! Celebrated my dad’s bday last night and my mom’s last month. So fun!! They are the best support system I could ever ask for. I truly don’t know what I would do without them. If you surround yourself with positive people you will live a positive life. 💞💞💞
Ok I totally already posted this on my story today but I am really loving this facial oil by @kensington_apothecary !! I was on Uceris for a brief period prior to my colonoscopy last month. Although it made a difference and slowed my flare, it made my face break out horribly (along with a few other cray cray side effects)! That along with drinking lots of drinks (coconut water and juices) with sugar for my colonoscopy sent me into full on face freak out. I spotted this little bottle at my local Whole Foods and apprehensively bought it (I’m a bit scared of putting oil on my face, I’m already oily!). But seriously, this stuff doesn’t leave a heavy residue, lies beautifully under make up and has helped soothe and clear up my scary skin. This is Facial Oil Number 2, Pure Clarifying Oil with pumpkin seed oil and tsubaki oil. The company is PNW based, so I can shop local and they use all organic, Non GMO ingredients. I’ll keep you posted but so far it’s a WIN! 😍🙌🏽
Ok I totally already posted this on my story today but I am really loving this facial oil by @kensington_apothecary !! I was on Uceris for a brief period prior to my colonoscopy last month. Although it made a difference and slowed my flare, it made my face break out horribly (along with a few other cray cray side effects)! That along with drinking lots of drinks (coconut water and juices) with sugar for my colonoscopy sent me into full on face freak out. I spotted this little bottle at my local Whole Foods and apprehensively bought it (I’m a bit scared of putting oil on my face, I’m already oily!). But seriously, this stuff doesn’t leave a heavy residue, lies beautifully under make up and has helped soothe and clear up my scary skin. This is Facial Oil Number 2, Pure Clarifying Oil with pumpkin seed oil and tsubaki oil. The company is PNW based, so I can shop local and they use all organic, Non GMO ingredients. I’ll keep you posted but so far it’s a WIN! 😍🙌🏽
Exactly! Don’t let the situations in life take control of who you are! Do your best to take control of it to your advantage and make the best out of it! #jackiechan #jackiechanquote #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
I love this! As we grow from the experiences we encounter in our lives we just tend to develop not only a thick skin but a tolerance so to speak! And then we use that to deal with the challenges that life throws at us to overcome them in a different mentality than from when we encountered them previously. We all have strength we just tend to deal with things differently! Don’t let anybody tell u differently 👊🏼💪🏼💜💜 #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
I love this! As we grow from the experiences we encounter in our lives we just tend to develop not only a thick skin but a tolerance so to speak! And then we use that to deal with the challenges that life throws at us to overcome them in a different mentality than from when we encountered them previously. We all have strength we just tend to deal with things differently! Don’t let anybody tell u differently 👊🏼💪🏼💜💜 #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 
Well, well, well...
Look at what the cat dragged in,
My UC is outta control again.
While I suffer and feel the chronic pain,
Everyone will see and want me to explain.
How to tell people what it's like for me to live
To always decide on what I'll be able to give.
All my UC does is take take take,
And all around me, people say fake.
How long before people will start to believe,
That my disease is part of the unseen.
Compare your little flu virus to my condition,
You'll soon be rid of your mild symptoms.
I'll have this for the rest of my life,
To also be afraid if I were to go in remission.
So, go ahead and ask me what it's like,
I'll tell you about all the people that think I lie,
How I can only eat what my body will allow,
And the pressure I get from laying down,
When I should be up and moving around.
While you go about your daily business,
I have to stay home and feel my sickness.
What about medicine,
You might say,
It's not meant to take my pain away.
And then there are people that are sure,
My pain can be stopped with their internet cure.
And the people that think my chronic pain,
Is from the meds that I have to take.
So, How much do you think it's all in my head?
Or will you only believe when I'm dead?
UC and Crohns is bigger than you might think.
It's affected so many people with barely a link.
What about medicine, some would say,
It doesn't cure, my UC will still remain.
The only thing you need to do,
Don't compare us to having the flu.
Show some sympathy or maybe try to empathize,
You may understand more than you realize.
~Luna Sage, UC warrior.

When my flare ups get so bad, instead of lashing out at the people around me, I write poetry and use my chronic pain as fuel.
#artist #awakening #beyourself #bitchcraft #change #crohnsdisease #empathy #empowerment #feelings #feels #guts #ibd #inspire #jointpain #chronicpain #chronicillness #ucwarrior #UCandCrohns #ulcerativecolitis #vibes #wildwoman #guthealth #gutsy #autoimmunedisease #poetry #words
Well, well, well... Look at what the cat dragged in, My UC is outta control again. While I suffer and feel the chronic pain, Everyone will see and want me to explain. How to tell people what it's like for me to live To always decide on what I'll be able to give. All my UC does is take take take, And all around me, people say fake. How long before people will start to believe, That my disease is part of the unseen. Compare your little flu virus to my condition, You'll soon be rid of your mild symptoms. I'll have this for the rest of my life, To also be afraid if I were to go in remission. So, go ahead and ask me what it's like, I'll tell you about all the people that think I lie, How I can only eat what my body will allow, And the pressure I get from laying down, When I should be up and moving around. While you go about your daily business, I have to stay home and feel my sickness. What about medicine, You might say, It's not meant to take my pain away. And then there are people that are sure, My pain can be stopped with their internet cure. And the people that think my chronic pain, Is from the meds that I have to take. So, How much do you think it's all in my head? Or will you only believe when I'm dead? UC and Crohns is bigger than you might think. It's affected so many people with barely a link. What about medicine, some would say, It doesn't cure, my UC will still remain. The only thing you need to do, Don't compare us to having the flu. Show some sympathy or maybe try to empathize, You may understand more than you realize. ~Luna Sage, UC warrior. When my flare ups get so bad, instead of lashing out at the people around me, I write poetry and use my chronic pain as fuel. #artist  #awakening  #beyourself  #bitchcraft  #change  #crohnsdisease  #empathy  #empowerment  #feelings  #feels  #guts  #ibd  #inspire  #jointpain  #chronicpain  #chronicillness  #ucwarrior  #UCandCrohns  #ulcerativecolitis  #vibes  #wildwoman  #guthealth  #gutsy  #autoimmunedisease  #poetry  #words 
Baahahahaha...out of all the memes on autoimmunity, this one sums up my past few years. I’m 3.5 years into the SCD and since then I’ve heard this question THE most. Considering all the crap food that’s readily available and commonly consumed, I get it, I really do. But, Then I became startled once I realized how far society (in America at least) has strayed from eating REAL food. •
But yeah, the conversation that begins with “well where can Becky eat?” every time friends or family want to eat out, has become quite the thorn in my side. There are a few restaurants in this town that I’ll trust, but they’re on the spendy side and people get tired of having to frequent the same places if I’m coming along. •
I could go on and on about how this depresses me, and how much I LOVE eating out..and how I feel so left out and lonely a lot when dining both in and out of the house. But I should save some content for later posts😜
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The quick answer is, it’s a lot easier to tell you what I can eat rather than go through the list of things I can’t🧐
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#foodismedicine #eattolive #grainfree #sugarfree #beyondpaleo #scd #specificcarbohydratediet #ibd #uc #ulcerativecolitis #ucwarrior #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunememe #talesoftheinflamed
Baahahahaha...out of all the memes on autoimmunity, this one sums up my past few years. I’m 3.5 years into the SCD and since then I’ve heard this question THE most. Considering all the crap food that’s readily available and commonly consumed, I get it, I really do. But, Then I became startled once I realized how far society (in America at least) has strayed from eating REAL food. • But yeah, the conversation that begins with “well where can Becky eat?” every time friends or family want to eat out, has become quite the thorn in my side. There are a few restaurants in this town that I’ll trust, but they’re on the spendy side and people get tired of having to frequent the same places if I’m coming along. • I could go on and on about how this depresses me, and how much I LOVE eating out..and how I feel so left out and lonely a lot when dining both in and out of the house. But I should save some content for later posts😜 • The quick answer is, it’s a lot easier to tell you what I can eat rather than go through the list of things I can’t🧐 . . . #foodismedicine  #eattolive  #grainfree  #sugarfree  #beyondpaleo  #scd  #specificcarbohydratediet  #ibd  #uc  #ulcerativecolitis  #ucwarrior  #autoimmunedisease  #autoimmunememe  #talesoftheinflamed 
Christmas tree is up and decorated!! Took us forever to chop it down! 😂 🎄🌟 Merry Christmas!
Christmas tree is up and decorated!! Took us forever to chop it down! 😂 🎄🌟 Merry Christmas!
A little Sunday #SCD shopping.  Sugar free bacon and found some legal Paleo salad dressing. I’ve made some from scratch but this workin’ girl needs a break from the kitchen! I love that Natural Grocers has so much of what I need in one place! Not gonna lie, going to the grocery store is SO HARD with so many treats and holiday goodies everywhere. I may need to start doing the online/pick it up curbside option more so I don’t cave and buy something I shouldn’t! 😁
A little Sunday #SCD  shopping. Sugar free bacon and found some legal Paleo salad dressing. I’ve made some from scratch but this workin’ girl needs a break from the kitchen! I love that Natural Grocers has so much of what I need in one place! Not gonna lie, going to the grocery store is SO HARD with so many treats and holiday goodies everywhere. I may need to start doing the online/pick it up curbside option more so I don’t cave and buy something I shouldn’t! 😁
Hello friends, I have some great news to share. Since my Ulcerative Colitis diagnoses in 2013, I've not had further invasive testing to track my healing progress.  I knew I was feeling better as my symptoms diminished, but I still wanted a clearer picture of my progress. Colonoscopy will show the current state of my gut but this procedure can also trigger flares in some people. So when my GI suggested a non-invasion test to check for the inflammation levels of the mucosa lining,  I jumped on it. I'm delighted to share that my IBD is in remission. Honestly, I had no idea I would ever hear those words, especially when I was told, by another GI in the same office, that I would be "one in a million if I thought I could control my condition through diet. " Well, I did it and I think many more people can too. To celebrate my wellness victory,  I'm giving away this Young Living Digize Blend to someone who wants some digestion love. I know I healed my gut through lifestyle and diet change, but I got myself out of the house, past fears and limiting thoughts,  through these amazing pure essential oils. I can't wait to share their magic with you. Let's connect to chat more. Copy and paste this link to enter giveaway ->>> http://gvwy.io/eli9q8s #ibdremission #ucwarrior #gratitude #joy #selflove
Hello friends, I have some great news to share. Since my Ulcerative Colitis diagnoses in 2013, I've not had further invasive testing to track my healing progress. I knew I was feeling better as my symptoms diminished, but I still wanted a clearer picture of my progress. Colonoscopy will show the current state of my gut but this procedure can also trigger flares in some people. So when my GI suggested a non-invasion test to check for the inflammation levels of the mucosa lining, I jumped on it. I'm delighted to share that my IBD is in remission. Honestly, I had no idea I would ever hear those words, especially when I was told, by another GI in the same office, that I would be "one in a million if I thought I could control my condition through diet. " Well, I did it and I think many more people can too. To celebrate my wellness victory, I'm giving away this Young Living Digize Blend to someone who wants some digestion love. I know I healed my gut through lifestyle and diet change, but I got myself out of the house, past fears and limiting thoughts, through these amazing pure essential oils. I can't wait to share their magic with you. Let's connect to chat more. Copy and paste this link to enter giveaway ->>> http://gvwy.io/eli9q8s #ibdremission  #ucwarrior  #gratitude  #joy  #selflove 
This week's body scan readings. Interesting week to say the least, with my UC no longer on remission. With the disease active, and another med added to my regimen, things were out of the ordinary to say the least 😜. On the fitness side of things, I did take one day off from the schedule and cut one of my Burnouts short. That said, I only felt my energy and strength lacking a little, and I did have great workouts. On the nutrition side, that's where the crazy happens now lol. With the new med, my appetite was either voracious or non-existent. I won't be able to follow the plan to a T, but there are some very doable adjustments. Those of you living with active disease know that sometimes the meds to help are worse than the condition at times. Last thing is the weight swing of nearly 9 pounds this week from my lightest day to my heaviest. Gonna be an interesting month, but life goes on and without the healthy lifestyle I've adopted over the last 10 years or so, things might be really ugly right now. But, forward we go 💪 Have a great Sunday everyone 😊
This week's body scan readings. Interesting week to say the least, with my UC no longer on remission. With the disease active, and another med added to my regimen, things were out of the ordinary to say the least 😜. On the fitness side of things, I did take one day off from the schedule and cut one of my Burnouts short. That said, I only felt my energy and strength lacking a little, and I did have great workouts. On the nutrition side, that's where the crazy happens now lol. With the new med, my appetite was either voracious or non-existent. I won't be able to follow the plan to a T, but there are some very doable adjustments. Those of you living with active disease know that sometimes the meds to help are worse than the condition at times. Last thing is the weight swing of nearly 9 pounds this week from my lightest day to my heaviest. Gonna be an interesting month, but life goes on and without the healthy lifestyle I've adopted over the last 10 years or so, things might be really ugly right now. But, forward we go 💪 Have a great Sunday everyone 😊
We’re always going to come across failures and disappointments in our lives but the biggest mistake we make is when we dwell and constantly beat ourselves up over them and that will never get us anywhere. What we have to do is learn from them and move on and continue to grow until we can achieve the goals we desire to accomplish in our lives! #johnnycash #johnnycashquote #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
We’re always going to come across failures and disappointments in our lives but the biggest mistake we make is when we dwell and constantly beat ourselves up over them and that will never get us anywhere. What we have to do is learn from them and move on and continue to grow until we can achieve the goals we desire to accomplish in our lives! #johnnycash  #johnnycashquote  #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 
Pizza! Something I’ve missed dearly since being on the SCD. But lo-and-behold, I just have to make it myself (like pretty much everything else). Luckily I’ve found a couple companies that provide SCD legal foods. Yes, I can make these foods from scratch, and I have, but I’m TIRED. And tired of spending so much of my free time in the kitchen.
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Tonight I was able to whip up this personal sized pizza in about 5 minutes, and let it cook for about 10. THANK YOU Liberty Specialty Foods and Wellbees!  Now, it certainly doesn’t come without a pretty penny...The pizza crust was 16.99 for three 8” crusts, and the marinara from Wellbees was 6.49 with steep shipping costs. But a little bit of costly convenience is worth it once in a while, especially when you’re home taking care of your husband who just had a vasectomy✂️😐
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Now, as far as cheese goes, I don’t do dairy well at all. But as long as I take my enzymes and only have fine aged cheese ever so sparingly, I do ok. Supposedly anything aged over 30 days is “legal” for this diet, but I usually buy at 12 months, and even then keep it rare. And that’s the only dairy I’ll do...cuz I love me some stinky cheese erry once in a while😜
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#scd #specificcarbohydratediet #ibd #uc #ulcerativecolitis #foodmatters #foodismedicine #youarewhatyoueat #pizza #wellbees #liberatedspecialtyfoods #eattolive #eatingforremission #girlswithguts #beyondpaleo #recipes #staystrong #ucwarrior #warrior #talesoftheinflamed
Pizza! Something I’ve missed dearly since being on the SCD. But lo-and-behold, I just have to make it myself (like pretty much everything else). Luckily I’ve found a couple companies that provide SCD legal foods. Yes, I can make these foods from scratch, and I have, but I’m TIRED. And tired of spending so much of my free time in the kitchen. • Tonight I was able to whip up this personal sized pizza in about 5 minutes, and let it cook for about 10. THANK YOU Liberty Specialty Foods and Wellbees! Now, it certainly doesn’t come without a pretty penny...The pizza crust was 16.99 for three 8” crusts, and the marinara from Wellbees was 6.49 with steep shipping costs. But a little bit of costly convenience is worth it once in a while, especially when you’re home taking care of your husband who just had a vasectomy✂️😐 • Now, as far as cheese goes, I don’t do dairy well at all. But as long as I take my enzymes and only have fine aged cheese ever so sparingly, I do ok. Supposedly anything aged over 30 days is “legal” for this diet, but I usually buy at 12 months, and even then keep it rare. And that’s the only dairy I’ll do...cuz I love me some stinky cheese erry once in a while😜 . . . #scd  #specificcarbohydratediet  #ibd  #uc  #ulcerativecolitis  #foodmatters  #foodismedicine  #youarewhatyoueat  #pizza  #wellbees  #liberatedspecialtyfoods  #eattolive  #eatingforremission  #girlswithguts  #beyondpaleo  #recipes  #staystrong  #ucwarrior  #warrior  #talesoftheinflamed 
This is why i take pictures. Because sometimes when you feel like you haven't made a ton of progress you have something to look back at. A lot of changes in 9 mo ths but the most important change is my state of mind 
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#weightlosstransformation #transformation #changes #dietiseverything #momswholift #girlswholift #momlife #girlmom #fitness #fitlife #gains #uc #ulcerativecolitis #ucwarrior #ibd #chronsandcolitis @whole30 #whole30changedmylife
It's been real, Entyvio, but you're really not working for me.

Also, the nurses asked to feel my sweater because it is that soft and amazing.

#Entyvio #Infusion #UC #UCWarrior #UlcerativeColitis #IBD #IBDvisible #myIBD #Spoonies #OnToTheNextOne
So I found this meme and had to share it. How do you feel about taking these powerful medications that will never cure your disease, just suppress the symptoms and opens the door for your body to develop other diseases or life changing conditions? I know it stressed me out everyday being on Remicade. It was not worth the risk of a brain tumor or all the other long term side effects.  #ulcerativecolitis #autoimmunedisease #remicade #ucwarrior #crohnswarrior #medication #medicationfree #colitis #crohns #invisibleillness #inflammatoryboweldisease #gut #guthealth
So I found this meme and had to share it. How do you feel about taking these powerful medications that will never cure your disease, just suppress the symptoms and opens the door for your body to develop other diseases or life changing conditions? I know it stressed me out everyday being on Remicade. It was not worth the risk of a brain tumor or all the other long term side effects. #ulcerativecolitis  #autoimmunedisease  #remicade  #ucwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #medication  #medicationfree  #colitis  #crohns  #invisibleillness  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #gut  #guthealth 
A little stroll through all of my @spartanrace this season (scroll to see more pics)...so far...Tuxedo 1 & 2, Palmerton, West Point, DC (x3) and NJ.  Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll take on Central FL to complete my trifecta and to round out my total races for the season to 10. I started out 2017 not anticipating this list. I truly believed I might only get in a few sprints if I was lucky. I have been beyond fortunate and I worked my tail off to get to where I am now. My mom asked me...”why so many races?” And my simple answer was, “Why not?” I don’t get paid. I don’t get sponsorships. I don’t even get near the podium.  But that’s not why I race. I race because it reminds me that I’m alive...that I have the capability to do whatever I set my mind and heart to. I am stronger than my fears, tougher than my pain, and more powerful than my self-doubt. I race because I’m 40. I race because I’m a woman. I race because I’m a mom. I race because I have a chronic illness. I race because I am in pain much of the time. I race because I won’t let those “excuses” hold me back or keep me down by saying “I can’t”. I am a fighter and a warrior...and I’m ready to slay the Beast. I see it as a metaphor for all of the struggle I’ve endured this year, because in spite of it all, I have persevered and I have come out victorious. Tomorrow I will do whatever it takes to finish, however long it takes because I only have one person to prove anything to...ME. #spartanup #spartanstories #ambsdr #spartanba17 #spartan40 #fitat40 #vcnstrong #myIBD #autoimmunedisease #ucwarrior #vcnfitness
A little stroll through all of my @spartanrace this season (scroll to see more pics)...so far...Tuxedo 1 & 2, Palmerton, West Point, DC (x3) and NJ. Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll take on Central FL to complete my trifecta and to round out my total races for the season to 10. I started out 2017 not anticipating this list. I truly believed I might only get in a few sprints if I was lucky. I have been beyond fortunate and I worked my tail off to get to where I am now. My mom asked me...”why so many races?” And my simple answer was, “Why not?” I don’t get paid. I don’t get sponsorships. I don’t even get near the podium. But that’s not why I race. I race because it reminds me that I’m alive...that I have the capability to do whatever I set my mind and heart to. I am stronger than my fears, tougher than my pain, and more powerful than my self-doubt. I race because I’m 40. I race because I’m a woman. I race because I’m a mom. I race because I have a chronic illness. I race because I am in pain much of the time. I race because I won’t let those “excuses” hold me back or keep me down by saying “I can’t”. I am a fighter and a warrior...and I’m ready to slay the Beast. I see it as a metaphor for all of the struggle I’ve endured this year, because in spite of it all, I have persevered and I have come out victorious. Tomorrow I will do whatever it takes to finish, however long it takes because I only have one person to prove anything to...ME. #spartanup  #spartanstories  #ambsdr  #spartanba17  #spartan40  #fitat40  #vcnstrong  #myIBD  #autoimmunedisease  #ucwarrior  #vcnfitness 
It’s day 11 on CBD oil and also day 4 of SCD. I’m happy to report I’ve had NO blood for almost a week! My bms have been kinda weird and soft. I’m wondering if it’s the change in my diet but hopeful it firms up soon. I was having super solid ones before I began SCD on Monday. I’m still taking Lialda and Rowasa daily. A big THANK YOU 🙏🏼 to everyone for your SCD suggestions and recipe advice! After a small trial period I’ve decided dairy is absolutely a NO (I’ve been DF since 2014 and was quickly reminded why I don’t eat it). That aside, I’ve been feeling so much better and actually waking up before my alarm! I’m thinking positive thoughts that the trend continues! #myibd
It’s day 11 on CBD oil and also day 4 of SCD. I’m happy to report I’ve had NO blood for almost a week! My bms have been kinda weird and soft. I’m wondering if it’s the change in my diet but hopeful it firms up soon. I was having super solid ones before I began SCD on Monday. I’m still taking Lialda and Rowasa daily. A big THANK YOU 🙏🏼 to everyone for your SCD suggestions and recipe advice! After a small trial period I’ve decided dairy is absolutely a NO (I’ve been DF since 2014 and was quickly reminded why I don’t eat it). That aside, I’ve been feeling so much better and actually waking up before my alarm! I’m thinking positive thoughts that the trend continues! #myibd 
Its been a few months since I had to go for a blood test and I almost forgot I had the scripts to get this done. While I was on medication and seeing doctors left and right I was getting blood drawn every week just to make sure the medication was not killing me to fast. Fortunately these are just basic labs to see how my body is taking to my lifestyle changes. Also there is one to see if there is an more Remicade left in my body. Hopefully it’s all out 🤞🤞🤞!! #blood #labsofinstagram #labwork #needle #nurse #labcorp #remicade #lab #autoimmunedisease #ulcerativecolitis #selfhealing #healthy
Its been a few months since I had to go for a blood test and I almost forgot I had the scripts to get this done. While I was on medication and seeing doctors left and right I was getting blood drawn every week just to make sure the medication was not killing me to fast. Fortunately these are just basic labs to see how my body is taking to my lifestyle changes. Also there is one to see if there is an more Remicade left in my body. Hopefully it’s all out 🤞🤞🤞!! #blood  #labsofinstagram  #labwork  #needle  #nurse  #labcorp  #remicade  #lab  #autoimmunedisease  #ulcerativecolitis  #selfhealing  #healthy 
Alright here we are on Day 7 of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week and for this post I’m going to integrate it with Throwback Thursday! Here are some pics of me and my mom from back in the day and now! My mom was there for me when I struggled with this god forsaken Crohn’s Disease and she had to watch as I had to endure all the pain I was going through. There were times she said to me that she wished it was her and not me. I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today if wasn’t for her. Many people have influenced my life but she is the one who raised me to be the kind gentleman to all the ladies out there and I will not let her down. It was hard for her being a single parent and raising two boys and one of them having a chronic illness and getting either none to little assistance from my dad. She has been there for me always! I’m very thankful that she had AWAYS put me and my brother first and none of the guys she dated and I will be forever grateful for all that she has done for me ❤️ #throwbackthursday #tbt #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness #instacrohns #crohnsandcolitisawareness #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek #myIBD
Alright here we are on Day 7 of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week and for this post I’m going to integrate it with Throwback Thursday! Here are some pics of me and my mom from back in the day and now! My mom was there for me when I struggled with this god forsaken Crohn’s Disease and she had to watch as I had to endure all the pain I was going through. There were times she said to me that she wished it was her and not me. I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today if wasn’t for her. Many people have influenced my life but she is the one who raised me to be the kind gentleman to all the ladies out there and I will not let her down. It was hard for her being a single parent and raising two boys and one of them having a chronic illness and getting either none to little assistance from my dad. She has been there for me always! I’m very thankful that she had AWAYS put me and my brother first and none of the guys she dated and I will be forever grateful for all that she has done for me ❤️ #throwbackthursday  #tbt  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness  #instacrohns  #crohnsandcolitisawareness  #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek  #myIBD 
Being “healthy” is expensive, and laborious! Growing up I always felt that feeding myself was such a huge chore. Now that I HAVE to cook nearly everything I eat I realize how easy I had it before UC.  As much as I love food, I get sick of spending so much time in the kitchen. And sometimes I think, hey I take so many supplements (that contain calories) I should be able to just live off those! Lol.. Yeah I wish😝
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Finding a balance between getting what I need and not spending an arm and a leg to get it, while maintaining quality AND avoiding “illegal” filler ingredients has been an ongoing learning process. (Amazon Prime baby😁) But being this high of maintenance was never my style and it bugs me. I miss those days of getting up, brushing hair and teeth, grabbing something to eat on my way to work or school and that’s it. Those were the days🌾
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Can’t spend a lot of time looking back though, it’s full steam ahead or else I get depressed. Soon I’ll be posting more about recipes/food, what’s worked for me, what hasn’t etc, in hopes to help anyone else through their journey. That is how I’ve found much needed guidance in my own these past 6 years. My GI only wanted to hand me a pill and in my gut I knew there was more to it than that. (Pun intended😂) And as always, my gut was right...
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#ulcerativecolitis #uc #ibd #supplements #lialda #warrior #ucwarrior #staystrong #eattolive #foodismedicine #foodmatters #girlswithguts #talesoftheinflamed
Being “healthy” is expensive, and laborious! Growing up I always felt that feeding myself was such a huge chore. Now that I HAVE to cook nearly everything I eat I realize how easy I had it before UC. As much as I love food, I get sick of spending so much time in the kitchen. And sometimes I think, hey I take so many supplements (that contain calories) I should be able to just live off those! Lol.. Yeah I wish😝 • Finding a balance between getting what I need and not spending an arm and a leg to get it, while maintaining quality AND avoiding “illegal” filler ingredients has been an ongoing learning process. (Amazon Prime baby😁) But being this high of maintenance was never my style and it bugs me. I miss those days of getting up, brushing hair and teeth, grabbing something to eat on my way to work or school and that’s it. Those were the days🌾 • Can’t spend a lot of time looking back though, it’s full steam ahead or else I get depressed. Soon I’ll be posting more about recipes/food, what’s worked for me, what hasn’t etc, in hopes to help anyone else through their journey. That is how I’ve found much needed guidance in my own these past 6 years. My GI only wanted to hand me a pill and in my gut I knew there was more to it than that. (Pun intended😂) And as always, my gut was right... . . . #ulcerativecolitis  #uc  #ibd  #supplements  #lialda  #warrior  #ucwarrior  #staystrong  #eattolive  #foodismedicine  #foodmatters  #girlswithguts  #talesoftheinflamed 
Salad Rolls!🌱And made a delicious Peanut Sauce to keep them company! 💚
Salad Rolls!🌱And made a delicious Peanut Sauce to keep them company! 💚
Platelets dropped from really great healthy numbers to below 100 so next step is a new #infusion called #rituxan at #cancerandhematology #infusioncenter #chemo.  #chronicillness #chronicpain #spoonies #ucwarrior #ucfighter #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunediseasessuck #itpwarrior #itpfighter #lowplatelets