Before I get started with this post, I DO NOT endorse nor recommend the practice of this particular diet that is mapped out in this book. Our diseases affect us differently and our biological makeup is also different than others as well. However, it is a good read about the author and his journey and battle with Crohn’s disease and I will give my account of how I came across this book. To start off, I had a skating buddy that was a mentor to me. However, he had no understanding of what I was going through and there were times he would get annoyed with my constant urgencies to run to the restroom. As time went by, he met author Jordan S. Rubin at a convention and had a conversation about this book and the author’s own struggle with Crohn’s disease. Later on, he came to me in a very heartfelt and apologetic nature and recommended me this book which he gave me. At the time, I was in my 20s and desperate for some sort of “cure” that would help me to get into remission. Well, to make a long story short, it did not work for me! The vitamin supplements that are recommended for us to take were not exactly easy to find because they were made by the author’s own company and you would have to hunt down some of these supplements at a vitamin specialty shops that carried them. Some of the foods that were outlined in this book ended up messing me up further! Instead of slowing down the inflammation, it felt as though it just triggered it worse than before. That’s when I came to the realization that Crohn’s can affect us in different ways and that one plan can work for one but not the other etc. I will admit that the author’s journey is what fascinated me about this book and why I held onto for all these years. As I’ve met most of you on here, I can’t express how amazed I am at the stories and journeys you all have overcome and endured! We all have a story to share and they give us hope and once you have hope, anything is possible 💜
For this throwback Thursday I thought I’d share a side by side pic of me in my early 20s during a real bad flare and a current pic of how far I’ve come along. As you can see, I was so thin, I was literally swimming in my clothes and putting on weight wasn’t easy. I will share my Crohn’s Journey for those that are getting to know me.
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 me to a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me 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 kid’s 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 and by the time I was 21, I had finally been in remission for 4 years until I hit 25 and became hospitalized because of my refusal to take prednisone. 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 doctor had noticed I had polyps and the original plan was to have my colon removed then after I healed remove the polyps and then talk about a reversal. 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)👇🏼