Self-Care

Self-care is the most important part of recovery, for any and every chronic illness. Taking your medication, receiving your infusions, following your restricted diet, etc. are all amazing and essential to achieving remission, but your mind needs to be taken care of as well. My method of self-care takes on many different forms. Some people…

Hair Loss

I think anyone who has gone through a period of hair loss, whether minor or major, can attest to how traumatic of an experience it is. My hair loss, which began around Christmas of 2016, was caused by one of my medications (Lialda) and because I had been in a flare for nearly nine months…

Book Review

This blog post is going to serve as a review of Jenna Farmer’s book “Managing IBD: A balanced guide to inflammatory bowel disease” – a very enjoyable read. The author, Jenna, is an IBD warrior herself. The fact that the book is written by someone who has experienced Crohn’s disease firsthand allows me to appreciate…

The Good & The Bad

If only we lived in a world where the medications we are prescribed in order to save our bodies didn’t cause an abundance of other issues. I have had my fair share of time dealing with horrible side effects. I don’t think many people recognize that IBD sufferers deal with far more than stomach pain…

The Rainbow

When you’re chronically ill it is easy to mark your days off as either good or bad. Often times it may seem as though the bad outweighs the good by a landslide. It is rare for a sick person to live through a day in which their disease does not control most of their thoughts…

The Second Time Around

When I was first diagnosed with UC four years ago I had no idea what was happening. My doctors and nurses were basically speaking another language to me as they threw around medical terms. I had never heard of IBD or ulcerative colitis in my life. I felt as though I was expected to understand…

The Divine (Damn) Truth

I originally started this blog with the intention of it being a therapeutic outlet while going through some exceptionally hard times. I kinda failed, I guess, considering as my UC flare progressed over the winter and sucked me back into it’s hellish downward spiral I didn’t write at all. I was too consumed by everything…

The Daily Struggle

Living with colitis is┬álike having a really mean, bitchy friend follow you around 24/7. When they finally shut up for a moment, you want to bathe in the peaceful silence forever. But you can never completely relax and let yourself go. You never know when they might get all loud and obnoxious and over-bearing again….

The Fight

Tonight ends the last day of Chron’s and Colitis Awareness Week. I’ve never been one to publicly talk about my disease, so writing this blog post right now is taking huge amounts of courage and bravery. It’s taken me more than three years to get to this point. After reading countless stories of others struggling with IBD this week…

The Forest I Have Grown

“One day when you wake up, you will find that you have become a forest. You have grown roots and found strength in them that no one thought you had. You have become stronger and more beautiful, full of life giving qualities. You have learned to take all the negativity around you and turn it…

The Wound

I recently picked up a book titled “Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration” by Meera Lee Patel. I hadn’t been feeling great mentally for a few days when I came upon this little treasure. I’d gone to the mall to get a head start on Christmas shopping, and rather than leaving with gifts…