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It just pains me that there are people out there that judge us and not weigh the situations we have been in and endured. For example, I had a boss that would ride people with special needs and handicaps because he believed that they are using their handicap as a “crutch” and that they’re faking it to get out of certain jobs at work and he rode me because of my illness and felt that I was gonna end up doing the same thing which I would never EVER do unless I truly don’t feel well then I’ll give my voice about it and believe me, despite my indomitable toughness, if I say I don’t feel good, then you better believe it! Also, I had an ex-friend that would sit back and say stupid things like “Aw, you don’t look sick!” or “Aw, you’re not tired! You can’t be tired! You work the same hours as me and I’m not tired!” It’s sad that some people just don’t understand that we have a chronic invisible illness that puts on the extra burden and wears us out quicker than the average person and then to belittle us for it?  That really just flat out annoys me!!! It’s people like that we need to cut out of our lives and move on because all they’re gonna do is drag us down and we don’t need the extra stress that we are already dealing with. 💜
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#strength #stayingstrong #willpower #strongwill #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness
It just pains me that there are people out there that judge us and not weigh the situations we have been in and endured. For example, I had a boss that would ride people with special needs and handicaps because he believed that they are using their handicap as a “crutch” and that they’re faking it to get out of certain jobs at work and he rode me because of my illness and felt that I was gonna end up doing the same thing which I would never EVER do unless I truly don’t feel well then I’ll give my voice about it and believe me, despite my indomitable toughness, if I say I don’t feel good, then you better believe it! Also, I had an ex-friend that would sit back and say stupid things like “Aw, you don’t look sick!” or “Aw, you’re not tired! You can’t be tired! You work the same hours as me and I’m not tired!” It’s sad that some people just don’t understand that we have a chronic invisible illness that puts on the extra burden and wears us out quicker than the average person and then to belittle us for it? That really just flat out annoys me!!! It’s people like that we need to cut out of our lives and move on because all they’re gonna do is drag us down and we don’t need the extra stress that we are already dealing with. 💜 . #strength  #stayingstrong  #willpower  #strongwill  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness 
Gym time Round 2: definitely tore it up today! I had a good workout yesterday, but today I didn’t have the struggle or lack of motivation and I seemed to have more energy this time around! Doing my best to get back on track and losing some weight and gain some tone 💪🏼💜
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#gym #gymlife #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransormation #getfit #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Gym time Round 2: definitely tore it up today! I had a good workout yesterday, but today I didn’t have the struggle or lack of motivation and I seemed to have more energy this time around! Doing my best to get back on track and losing some weight and gain some tone 💪🏼💜 . #gym  #gymlife  #weightlossjourney  #weightlosstransormation  #getfit  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
Yes! No matter how big the obstacle may be or how tough the situation is or how far behind you think you are, always remember that with a lot of heart, courage and an iron will, you can overcome and accomplish anything! Even if you have to temporarily quit to regroup and reevaluate the situation, as long as you go out there and give it your best shot and effort then that’s all that matters 💪🏼 BTW, I honestly believe the Hulk can rip Kong a new one......stoma maybe? 😁😏💪🏼👊🏼💜
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#hulk #kingkong #courage #confidence #staystrong #nevergiveup #strong #strength #quotes #inspirationalquotes #inspiring #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Yes! No matter how big the obstacle may be or how tough the situation is or how far behind you think you are, always remember that with a lot of heart, courage and an iron will, you can overcome and accomplish anything! Even if you have to temporarily quit to regroup and reevaluate the situation, as long as you go out there and give it your best shot and effort then that’s all that matters 💪🏼 BTW, I honestly believe the Hulk can rip Kong a new one......stoma maybe? 😁😏💪🏼👊🏼💜 . #hulk  #kingkong  #courage  #confidence  #staystrong  #nevergiveup  #strong  #strength  #quotes  #inspirationalquotes  #inspiring  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
At the gym 🏋🏻‍♂️ Today wasn’t an easy day to go. I had worked a 6 days straight workweek and after I got off work yesterday morning, I just went straight to sleep and didn’t do squat all day yesterday due to back and joint pain. This morning around 2:30 am, I got a bad case of insomnia and couldn’t go back to sleep so I thought I’d go to the gym. However, I just couldn’t get the motivation so I literally had to dig down deep and Hulk myself up and say “Not today, Crohn’s!” I need to get myself back on track so I can reach my weightloss goals so today I’ve been blasting the Rocky and Superman movie themes to get me through this session 💪🏼👊🏼💜
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#gym #gymlife #weightlossjourney #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ibdsuperheroes
At the gym 🏋🏻‍♂️ Today wasn’t an easy day to go. I had worked a 6 days straight workweek and after I got off work yesterday morning, I just went straight to sleep and didn’t do squat all day yesterday due to back and joint pain. This morning around 2:30 am, I got a bad case of insomnia and couldn’t go back to sleep so I thought I’d go to the gym. However, I just couldn’t get the motivation so I literally had to dig down deep and Hulk myself up and say “Not today, Crohn’s!” I need to get myself back on track so I can reach my weightloss goals so today I’ve been blasting the Rocky and Superman movie themes to get me through this session 💪🏼👊🏼💜 . #gym  #gymlife  #weightlossjourney  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ibdsuperheroes 
ALL RIGHT!!!! 💪🏼 Made off finding these obscure 80’s comedies on Blu-Ray! I haven’t seen Three O’clock High in ages and I’m happy that they FINALLY made an official release for Scavenger Hunt!! Can’t wait to watch these starting tomorrow 😃
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#bluray #bluraycollection #comedy #comedies #comedymovie #80scomedy #80movies #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness
ALL RIGHT!!!! 💪🏼 Made off finding these obscure 80’s comedies on Blu-Ray! I haven’t seen Three O’clock High in ages and I’m happy that they FINALLY made an official release for Scavenger Hunt!! Can’t wait to watch these starting tomorrow 😃 . #bluray  #bluraycollection  #comedy  #comedies  #comedymovie  #80scomedy  #80movies  #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 some old ice skating pictures of me and my two close friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, me and @77happyashley were buddies and rivals and either competing against each other or fighting over girls 😅😂 @jazzmaster_j is his younger brother. @federalgirl and I were boyfriend and girlfriend for a long while up until we became ice dancing partners then it got to a point where we’d be cool with each other or we’re arguing or fighting over asinine BS 😂🤣 Despite all that has happened, as the years went by, we’ve remained friends but we’ve had our fair share of losing touch with each other and these two were not aware of my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease till we got back in touch after the fact. They’re very supportive of me and I couldn’t ask for any better friends than these two. Oh and the reason me and my dance partner are acting weird in the last picture is because we had to do a practice session at midnight and we were delirious 😜🤪 @thekindwarrior and @crohnsguy I think the two of you will get a kick out of these since we’re ice skaters 😃😄💜
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#throwbackthursday #tbt #iceskating #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
For this throwback Thursday here’s some old ice skating pictures of me and my two close friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, me and @77happyashley were buddies and rivals and either competing against each other or fighting over girls 😅😂 @jazzmaster_j is his younger brother. @federalgirl and I were boyfriend and girlfriend for a long while up until we became ice dancing partners then it got to a point where we’d be cool with each other or we’re arguing or fighting over asinine BS 😂🤣 Despite all that has happened, as the years went by, we’ve remained friends but we’ve had our fair share of losing touch with each other and these two were not aware of my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease till we got back in touch after the fact. They’re very supportive of me and I couldn’t ask for any better friends than these two. Oh and the reason me and my dance partner are acting weird in the last picture is because we had to do a practice session at midnight and we were delirious 😜🤪 @thekindwarrior and @crohnsguy I think the two of you will get a kick out of these since we’re ice skaters 😃😄💜 . #throwbackthursday  #tbt  #iceskating  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
I wanna take this opportunity to thank @crohnsibdcolitis for asking me to make this video for their page so here’s a sneaky peak for y’all 😄 It took me like half hour to get it right 😅😂 I must admit that sometimes it’s hard for me to make videos because, for the most part, I’m extremely shy and I feel my voice sounds weird but I have been gaining confidence little by little as I do some here and there. Also, I can’t bear to watch myself and I have no idea why I feel that way 🤷🏻‍♂️ self-consciousness I guess. Again, thank you everyone for the encouragement and support you give unto me and I will continue to do the same for everyone out there as well! We’re all in this together 👊🏼💪🏼☺️💜
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#crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #instacrohns #myIBD #ibdsuperheroes #myinvisibleillness #invisibleillnesslove
I wanna take this opportunity to thank @crohnsibdcolitis for asking me to make this video for their page so here’s a sneaky peak for y’all 😄 It took me like half hour to get it right 😅😂 I must admit that sometimes it’s hard for me to make videos because, for the most part, I’m extremely shy and I feel my voice sounds weird but I have been gaining confidence little by little as I do some here and there. Also, I can’t bear to watch myself and I have no idea why I feel that way 🤷🏻‍♂️ self-consciousness I guess. Again, thank you everyone for the encouragement and support you give unto me and I will continue to do the same for everyone out there as well! We’re all in this together 👊🏼💪🏼☺️💜 . #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #instacrohns  #myIBD  #ibdsuperheroes  #myinvisibleillness  #invisibleillnesslove 
Some Monday motivation to overcome this beginning of the week blues 😴 Mondays are definitely a pain, but we all must stay strong and press forward! 💪🏼👊🏼💜
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#monday #motivationalmonday #courage #staystrong #nevergiveup #strong #strength #quotes #inspirationalquotes #inspiring #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Some Monday motivation to overcome this beginning of the week blues 😴 Mondays are definitely a pain, but we all must stay strong and press forward! 💪🏼👊🏼💜 . #monday  #motivationalmonday  #courage  #staystrong  #nevergiveup  #strong  #strength  #quotes  #inspirationalquotes  #inspiring  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #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💜
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#brucelee #bruceleequote #inspiring #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #quoteoftheday #failure #overcomingfailure #strenth #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💜 . #brucelee  #bruceleequote  #inspiring  #inspiration  #inspirationalquotes  #quoteoftheday  #failure  #overcomingfailure  #strenth  #stayingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
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 💜
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 💜
Some days are easier than others to deal with, especially when dealing with a chronic illness. On those tough days, it’s best to take it at a slow pace and one step at a time. My mistake half the time is pushing myself too much especially when I’m not feeling my best and I’ll be completely drained to do anything else. It’s ok to just take small steps to get through the day and there is no shame in it just so long as we continue to do our best and stay strong doing it 💪🏼💜
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#courage #confidence #staystrong #nevergiveup #strong #strength #quotes #inspirationalquotes #inspiring #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #crohns #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife
Some days are easier than others to deal with, especially when dealing with a chronic illness. On those tough days, it’s best to take it at a slow pace and one step at a time. My mistake half the time is pushing myself too much especially when I’m not feeling my best and I’ll be completely drained to do anything else. It’s ok to just take small steps to get through the day and there is no shame in it just so long as we continue to do our best and stay strong doing it 💪🏼💜 . #courage  #confidence  #staystrong  #nevergiveup  #strong  #strength  #quotes  #inspirationalquotes  #inspiring  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #crohns  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife 
I do my best to help those that are in need especially if I know they can’t help back but that shouldn’t matter because I know that the biggest reward I can receive is the friendship of that person I have helped. To me, the many friendships and relationships we make are the real treasures in life and that’s something that no amount of money can buy. I’m happy with the friendships I have made on here as well as the ones I know in my personal life. I will continue to do my best to help give support and encouragement to those that need it regardless of the situation they may be in 💜
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#kindness #love #support #encouragement #inspiring #inspirationalquotes #quotesoftheday #helpingothers #friendship #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnscolitis #ileostomy #ostomy #ostomate #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #ibd #ibdsucks #ibdwarrior #crohnswarrior #irritablebowelsyndrome #inflammatoryboweldisease #ulcerativecolitiswarrior #ucwarrior #chronicillness #invisibleillness #superstoma #stomalife #ostomyawareness
I do my best to help those that are in need especially if I know they can’t help back but that shouldn’t matter because I know that the biggest reward I can receive is the friendship of that person I have helped. To me, the many friendships and relationships we make are the real treasures in life and that’s something that no amount of money can buy. I’m happy with the friendships I have made on here as well as the ones I know in my personal life. I will continue to do my best to help give support and encouragement to those that need it regardless of the situation they may be in 💜 . #kindness  #love  #support  #encouragement  #inspiring  #inspirationalquotes  #quotesoftheday  #helpingothers  #friendship  #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 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.
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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)👇🏼
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)👇🏼
Very true! Everyone has their fair share of struggles and even through we may not post everything that goes on in our lives, there are times where sometimes, words of encouragement or kindness thrown our way can help us get that push we need to overcome whatever particular struggle or problem we go through. Always do your best to drop some kind words to others because you may never know if they’ll need it or not 💜
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Very true! Everyone has their fair share of struggles and even through we may not post everything that goes on in our lives, there are times where sometimes, words of encouragement or kindness thrown our way can help us get that push we need to overcome whatever particular struggle or problem we go through. Always do your best to drop some kind words to others because you may never know if they’ll need it or not 💜 . #kindness  #love  #strength  #support  #encouragement  #inspiring  #helpingothers  #overcominglonliness  #beingstrong  #crohns  #crohnsdisease  #crohnscolitis  #ileostomy  #ostomy  #ostomate  #colitis  #ulcerativecolitis  #ibd  #ibdsucks  #ibdwarrior  #crohnswarrior  #irritablebowelsyndrome  #inflammatoryboweldisease  #ulcerativecolitiswarrior  #ucwarrior  #chronicillness  #invisibleillness  #superstoma  #stomalife  #ostomyawareness