Tryna get #Fit while #ill . Making some progress... Nowhere near satisfied tho. Feel like i look like shit. Hopefully i can get near what i used to before being diagnosed. Progress pic in 2.5 weeks and will post transformation pic.
Man it was sooo much easier before #CrohnsDisease and #UlcerativeColitis . once you get used to a workout, you switch it up. But now 3 surgeries later and the removal of my large intestine EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT is soooo fucking hard. And its almost impossible to muster up the energy to fucking train. Luckily Instagram keeps me motivated.
CLC MEMBER FEATURE: Hi, I’m Dave and I am 29 years old, living in New Hampshire. In 2013 my left foot began to drag, and I was having trouble getting my left arm above my head. After an initial diagnosis of a stroke, I was put through a bunch of tests. They found a few spots on the MRI, but could not diagnose me with anything. A few months later, I had symptoms on my right side and started seeing double. After another MRI, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
For most people the day they were diagnosed with a chronic illness will remain as one of the hardest days of their lives. My mind started racing, thinking about all the worst case scenarios and what my future would look like. The google searches were no help either. Honestly, it was depressing.
Then I thought, “What can I control in my life?” Sure, I can’t control my “Multiple Sclerosis future,” but there are so many other things I can control! Mental fitness, physical fitness, my career, my relationships, my spirituality; I started to take control of everything within my power. I started eating strictly paleo, reading and listening to podcasts for self-improvement, and prioritizing what I wanted in life.
This change in mindset was the most important thing for me. I still have my bad days; there is no doubt about it. Symptoms suck, doctor’s appointments suck, tests suck, but it does not control my life. With the reality check of this diagnosis, I chose to live differently. I live with purpose and I’m happier than before. I am in better shape, I got a new job, I bought the lakehouse of my dreams, and I met and married my soulmate!
This diagnosis has changed my perspective of what a good or bad day is and I am forever grateful for that. I am humbled by the experience and grateful that it has allowed me to meet such an amazing group of warriors. There is too much negativity online. Don’t let that get you down, surround yourself with positive people and check out my website www.diseasecantstopme.com. #chronicloveclub
Muito amor envolvido 😍😍😍😍 Regrann from @drabiancaschi - No primeiro Congresso Brasileiro de Doença Inflamatória Intestinal o GEDIIB distribuiu aos médicos sementes de Dente de Leão para simbolizar o conceito de “semear conhecimento”. Ninguém melhor que minha linda paciente Thalita Sousa, gravidíssima, para plantar essa semente durante o primeiro encontro de pacientes em Santos. Que nosso GADIIBS semeie e colha muitos lindos frutos... @gediib_oficial @abcd.org.br #gadiibs#semearconhecimento#ibd#dii#empoderarpacientes
A journalist asked me once if people who are living with gut disorders who experience anxiety and stress which contribute to them, can reduce their symptoms by seeing a standard counselor or psychologist.
...My answer. Highly unlikely.
...In my experience there are 3 stages to gut symptoms that have a psychological or emotional component.
1. Thoughts. Specifically stress producing ones.
2. Emotions. Emotions are the body’s representation of a thought.
3. Symptoms. When those emotions are unresolved, they present themselves as symptoms.
...Those unresolved emotions are living in your body energetically, powerfully. They are no longer part of your conscious cognition.
...They live in your body which means they can only be resolved through your body. You cannot talk your way out of them...or you would have done that by now.
...Gut focused therapy is exactly that. It is a psychotherapeutic process focused on and through your gut symptoms, specifically to investigate what they are holding; sadness, anger, betrayal, grief etc, and which parts of your life are impacting you physically.
...Your body keeps the score. It knows all that is happening, it’s storing it for you. The key is to come in to the body and hear what it’s saying.
...Everything you need is already within you.
Go Gently. #mindbodysoul#mindgutconnection#emotions#chronicpain#ibs#ibd#guthealth#braingutconnection#anxiety#depression#mentalhealth#body#psychology#intuition#instinct#health#compassion#empathy
SIBO. IBS. C..DIFF. IBD. THEY all change your life drastically. There are days when you can eat solid food. There are days when all you can handle is juice, water and baby food. There are days when even drinking water feels like a knife piercing your abdomen. Revisiting diet is next goal
What are some of your "safe foods"? #SIBO#IBS#C .DIFF #IBD#dietgoals#healingyourgut#specialdiet .
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This day has been 👎🏻👎🏻 in a lot of ways (one of my children managed to break the headphone plug off inside the jack, leaving the plug part stuck in the iPad 🤯, my doctor at my appointment this morning ticked me off in more ways than one 🤬, blood work is never fun 💉 + is way more annoying when having to walk an obnoxiously long way in the rain ☔️, + my body isn’t reacting as nicely as I was hoping it would with the lunch salad 🥗😩)
Instead of letting all these very annoying (+ admittedly first world problems) be my excuse from working out, I workout out anyways 😅💪🏻💥 One of the things that I’ve learned along the way with this whole journey is that I have never regretted a workout + thankful the same can be said for today 😎
My coworker complained that I haven’t posted any lifting updates in awhile. I’ve been in a hypertrophy phase for a bit and adjusting to better form for all three lifts so there hasn’t been anything all that exciting. Today I did 205x3x6. 205 for 6 was a very recent rep PR at around rpe 8.5-9 so doing it three times today at a solid rpe 7-8 was really neat! Peaking phase for my meet in June starts soon. I’m really excited to see what kind of numbers I’ll manage! I’ve excelled a great amount with my coach @pumping.fe She’s made adjustments to my lifts that have really changed the game for me. I finally feel like a real, confident powerlifter!
Yes, this is me.
I used to be a huge Aerosmith fan, but I'll get to that later 😉
I have now come to that point where I can look at old pictures and think "damn, I was hot!! 👌". A lot of trans people are "taught" by the media and their own minds that they have to hate their old selves, and I used to be exactly like that. (Let me be clear though; there is nothing wrong with hating who you were, especially if that identity kept you prisoner for so long). When I was in my late teens and early twenties I battled severe illness and depression. This pulled me away from everything that made me the person I am; I had lost all my hobbies and passions, I lived a life that was so unlike me, and I literally couldn't recognize myself. The only thing I could hold on to was Aerosmith. I know this might sound kinda teenage dramatic, but back then it was the only thing that kept me going.
I have thought many times about lasering or covering my tattoo because it reminded me so much of that bad time; those years in which I was anyone but myself.
But now I have decided I want to be proud of that tattoo, of my past, my struggles, my losses, my victories, my identity.
I am so glad I can finally stop hating my past (self).
It cost me so much energy to carry the weight of that hate with me every day. And I now see that the struggles I carried with me every day back then, have made me the person I am today ❤
I'm a proud transguy who rocked this beautiful sexy disguise as a girl, and it's okay to admit that. 😊
I was beautiful and I still am now. The only big difference is that now I have peace. Embracing my past, my story, is one of the keys to unlocking that peace.
So let's flaunt this picture! 👐🤗👌❤ Also; look at that hair. I'm dying for my hair to grow out so I can wear it like that again! 😏👌 -
Double chocolate banana chia oat cookies 🍪 And guess who has a recipe for you?!? (hint: it’s me🙋♀️) Swipe left for it!! ▪️These were so quick and easy to make! This was my first attempt using chia seeds as a binder in baking and I’m impressed with the outcome🎉▪️Been a busy busy day today and I’ve gotten a lot done which feels great!Took a little baking break to calm my brain down. Anyone else like to bake or cook to chill out?
Bowel Prep starts @ 5 😥 Currently surviving off of kombucha & coconut water 🥥
Anyone else dread colonoscopy/endoscopy preps? 🤢🤕💩😵😩
🚽 🏃🏻♀️🚶🏻♀️🤰🏻 In hopes to distract myself from the upcoming torture, I wrote an Anti-Ode To The Bowel Prep:
“If it wasn’t for my gut being such a pain in my butt
I wouldn’t have to go thru this
Because no human being in their right mind
Would ever want to do this.
Why is my gut such a pain in my butt?
I must’ve won the genetic lotto
And what evil creature
Invented this tincture
Of diarrhea in a bottle?
I’m not sure
But here, I hold the latest MoviPrep model
Of toilet hugging
And who can tell
What other fun
Awaits the one who’s
Forced to drink it up!
But here I sigh
Because it’s I
Who’s time has come
To drink & run
And groan & moan
Not gonna lie
I’d rather die
Than have to drink this stuff
I know I’m tough
But dang homie
This prep is rough 🤓😜
1️⃣So this is happening today
3️⃣Recalls memories of past preps
4️⃣ Resigns self to the fact that this must happen
5️⃣Look of defeat
6️⃣And butt clenching fear😂
The latest Elderberry crop from my backyard. Will be sprinkling these on everything I can think of, chia pots, yoghurt, granola. I will also be making an Elderberry Kombucha so stay posted. High in antioxidants, immune boosting, clears cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, treats constipation and tastes amazing. ... #pain#bloating#dyspepsia#gut#guthealth#IBD#IBS#SIBO#healthygutmindbody
This used to be me... Every 6 weeks... This is me no more! I am free🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Next month will be one year of remission. The longest I have ever had in over 15 years.❤️ Do yourself and loved ones a favor.
Be your own advocate. Take control. Talk to me. I CAN help. I share because I have proof. I share because I believe.
Travel Tuesday: Brazil, 2014
Back in 2014 my hubby and I spent 6 months travelling around South America and Europe. I was suffering an extreme UC flare this entire time.
I went to the bathroom 15+ times a day plus a few times at night, extreme urgency, lost a lot of blood, had severe pain after eating anything, no energy. Some days I couldn’t even stand straight because of the pain. On top of that, during the last month I also caught scabies! 😳🙈
I was on prednisone, mezevant and imuran which pretty much did nothing but thin my hair, make me bloated and irritable with an angry stare 🤣(thanks pred).
It made travel incredibly difficult, with much planning needed around finding bathrooms and taking time for rest days. Big thanks to @riobody @clod_a @markuburg for being patient and understanding during that time.
When we got back from this trip I ended up on hospital for a week. It was the first time my GI discussed having a colectomy, but we decided to try Remicade instead. If I had known how wonderful life with a colectomy would be, I would have definitely chosen to have one then.
Despite those months traveing being some of the sickest I’ve ever been, I’m glad I did it. Yes I suffered but I also saw amazing things, had new experiences and got to travel to over 10 countries. Don’t let IBD stop you from doing anything. Stay strong warriors! 💜💪
Self- love is more than basking in your light. Self- love is identifying where you messed up, being accountable for it, and correcting it. 💜 I used to not care what I ate, I lived in constant pain. But then a year ago I decided enough was enough 🙅♀️ I decided to finally after 10 years to love myself first!!! I quit my job and started living for me!!! With the help of my husband, I feel better than I ever have!! We must take accountability for our actions and what we put into our bodies! It’s not perfect by all means and I still have flare ups but I’m rarely ever bloated, I rarely ever have diarrhea or constipation. Life is much simpler now but I would not change it for the world 🌎. Start today to notice what you’re eating! Start by doing an elimination diet and remove all allergens from your food. Slowly re-introduce the food back in and you WILL be able to pin-point what foods are causing you harm. I want everyone to feel as good as me. Let’s stop the torture 💜I hope everyone has an amazing Monday night 💜💜💜 By the way this is last year when we were running from Hurricane Irma, we made it all the way to #Nola and I was able see the #mississippiriver 😍
Check out my blog for @lyfebulb 💡on my journey when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and how I got my life back 👊💪
Everyone can relate to facing trying times in their life and feeling denial, anger, and sadness. Positivity, support and hope can help one come out the other side better than ever!✌️❤️
LINK IN BIO!!!
"sickness comes in like a horse and leaves like a snail." I will never forget this experience or cease to be amazed at how my doctors essentially rebuilt my gut. I was diagnosed with UC about 5 years ago and from the beginning it took over my life. I couldn't leave my house and had to be within 100 feet of a restroom at all times in case my symptoms showed up. I learned so much from the disease and most importantly I learned that when basic human functions are taken away.... It sucks! Now that I've had operations to remove my colon and create a J-pouch I am on the upswing and a full recovery is in my near future and I cannot wait. Throughout it all @alia_rae was by my side and I couldn't have done it without her. 2 major surgeries down and 1 to go. Oh, and fuck colitis to hell!!!
Some of my anti-inflammatory meds. This specific one (metoject - methotrexate) was originally developed for people with Arthritis, but is used for many other autoimmune conditions including Crohns. Unfortunately for me, muscle building is an inflammatory response to muscle damage during weight training, so this makes that side of things tougher, but that doesn't stop me. Managing my disease though, is no.1. I've my infusion (Infliximab - remicade) on Thursday, another immunosuppressive drug. All we're really doing is managing symptoms and inflammation here. There's no "get well soon" here. There is no cure, it's do what you can and need to do to be able to live a decent quality of life. Meds, surgeries. Injections every week, infusions every month. This is how we live, so we can live a good life. #20yearsfighting
LOOK BACK 🔙 - Yea, I said it. They say to "never look back" but how will you see how far you've come? If you're having one of those days.....LOOK BACK! ↩️ There's a difference between looking and dwelling. Don't dwell on your past, but just take a look. How far have you come? #lilsipper#ibs#MotivationMonday
Fun day getting some long overdue sister time. Also, this was the first time I’ve been swimming since getting my ostomy and it was such a great time. That’s THREE YEARS+ since I’ve been in the water. If, like me, you’re an #ostomate who’s been putting off taking the plunge, I strongly encourage you to go for it. It was so much fun and my ostomy wasn’t a hindrance at all. #sunsoutbumpsout#ostomy#pregnancywithanostomy#swimmingwithanostomy#ibd