Day One – Getting Started

Why you write – tell us a little bit about why you write about your health online and what got you started. Why HAWMC? This is our third year of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge – why did you get involved this year? Are you a newbie to #HAWMC or a veteran? When I first started write in the end of 2011 I was just venting my frustrations and trying to find some peace of mind for all the crap that Crohn’s Disease was unfairly throwing my way. After participating in last years HAWMC I found solace in sharing…

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“… The best you can”

I find myself relating this more and more. In the start of Crohn’s and this “adventure”, I thought I was going to be one of those patients / sufferers that was always honest about everything. But I soon learned a very important personal lesson. It is simply exhasuting doing that. Put simply, life gets in the way of being honest. Not everyone wants to know the details of your life, be it whether or not you’re in pain. Constantly being asked if you’re okay is frustrating and very irritating. So you start to just say that dreaded word “fine” and…

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Hard Slog

It is Friday once more. For me, this doesn’t hold the same euphoria as it does to my friends who have Monday to Friday 9-5 jobs. I still have a weekend worth of shifts to complete before I get my “weekend” break. And this week, it can’t come soon enough. I’ve got alot on my mind. But what is new? I’m probably worrying about alot of nothing, but to me, they are extremely troublesome. Firstly: my pain. For once, this is not in my gut but has migrated into my knees, ankles, hips and lower back. I was foolish enough…

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The smallest room in the house

You can’t hide from the fact that as IBD sufferers we spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom. We are taught to monitor and examine our bodily functions in an attempt to grasp a hold on how our condition is going. Bowel movements (BMs) are a good indication of what is going on inside; from the frequency of visits to the types of visits we are having an on regular occurrence. Increased BMs can mean many things: inflammation, infection, bad diet, flare up triggers; where as a decrease in BMs can mean strictures and blockages. For myself, I’ve…

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Caught in the middle with you.

Ever had that feeling when youre struck by just the pure catch 22 of the situation? Where you are damned if you do and damned if you dont? I feel this way, currently, about eating. I’m usually a girl with a hearty appetite and since the not eating phase because it caused me pain phase of my life was over and my appetite came back with some avengance, I have always wondered when the scale would tip in the opposite direction once more. It seems it has. I’ve begun, slowly, to experience more and more significant pain in my gut.…

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