Backpacking around SE ASIA!!!

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   Posted 4/17/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, as of today, it looks like I'm going backpacking this summer for 6 weeks with a friend of mine around south-east asia!! we're flying to bangkok, going to travel northern thailand and the islands, go to the full moon party..! go to cambodia and Vietnam..can't wait!!
HOWEVER.... (there's always one isn't there?!)
My crohn's. Am I insane to do this? I'm 22, have lots of energy but the crohn's..well it has a mind of its own! I had an emergency resection last summer. That was very serious, and it happened when I was in Madrid for a weekend. I've been fine for a while afterwards but I have been flaring lately and I think I'll have to go on Humira. But I think the Humira will work, for a while anyway, and if I be careful with what I eat/drink then I'll be okay.
Does anyone have any experience with backpacking with crohn's???
P.S. Forget about the crohn's, my family don't know yet and they're the ones who are going to KILL me!!! ;-)

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   Posted 4/17/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I am sooooo jealous! That sounds like a great trip, and a great opportunity. Hard to pass up. I had a resection 7 months ago, almost an emergency, so I know how scary it can be wondering when the next thing is going to happen. But if it were me, I would go. My favorite saying these days (because of a teenager who doesn't want to do anything or go anywhere if it doesn't involve an Xbox!) is: You will regret the things you didn't do more than you will the things you did. That helps me get up and get going in the morning sometimes!
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   Posted 4/17/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!! you're so right, and that's my motto too! The episode in Madrid did shake me up but at the same time it strengthened my resolve to do the things that I've always wanted to do, and one of those things is see the world! I don't think I could live with putting things on the back burner of "when I feel better" because then I'll never get anything done!!!!

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   Posted 4/17/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hipsy, I'm new to Crohn's and just feeling my way still. But . . . gosh . . . I'm 55 and did some backpacking a few years back before a bad Lupus flare . . . . I sure do have great memories from that. Even the training part is good memories. I keep trying to build back up to enough stamina to do some more backpacking but haven't accomplished it yet. On a good day, I can walk a slow 2-3 miles with no pack. So . . . maybe some day.

If you feel well enough to start out . . . I sure would love to hear about it when you return. I'll live vicariously through you! I just wonder what kind of medical facilities are available in the area you will be hiking. That might be a consideration.

Maybe I'll go for a short walk!!


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