Honoring my Crohn's

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MsRockonBelly21
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   Posted 2/2/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I decided I want a tattoo to hornor my Crohn's. Somebody told me it is a crazy idea. Why honor that horrible disease? Because it is a part of me. I want to get 2 Gothic butterfly tattoos on my stomach smilewinkgrin I love butterflies because they are beautiful and reminds me of freedom. I want them to be Gothic style to represent the ugly of Crohn's. When I  get to that "happy place" in my life I will add 2 more butterflies to represent my good fortune. I don't think it crazy, do you? Would you honor your Crohn's?
Don't judge a book by its movie.
 
In the past I have taken Asacol, 6mp, Prednisone(3x),  Remicade, Flagyl, Cipro, Phenergan, Colazal(think there was others).                       
 
I am on Metoprolol 50 mg for high blood pressure and heart beating too fast. On Citalopram 20 mg for my anxiety and depression. Started taking fish oil capsule 1200 mg for my high cholesterol. On Calcium 600 mg+ D 400 i.u.  pills. On Remicade 1,045 mg 
 
Diagnosed at age 14 in 2001, first started sick getting at age 13, Sept 2000. I am now 21


inflamed
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   Posted 2/2/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't honor my Crohn's, but having Crohn's makes me honor my body more. I feel thankful for everything it does for me since I no longer just assume it will work properly. Now I treat my body better and eat better. I just appreciate that it gets me through each day and let's me accomplish most of what I want to. I've been most grateful since the birth of my daughter, my body gave me the gift of a healthy pregnancy and baby girl.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


gachrons
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I already have a scar to honour my crohn's and don't think I'd choose the belly area perhaps a different area if I were getting tattoes. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


LMills
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   Posted 2/2/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I would. And I appreciate it in spite of how terrible it can be. I would never be as happy and grateful for the good things in my life as I am now if not for this disease. It opened my eyes...
But like gachrons also have a scar to remind me.
So, good luck with your tattoos :) I probably wouldn't get any but then maybe I am just not daring enough anymore. I used to want to get wings tattooed on my back though. That would definitely be my choice for honoring Crohn's though hah..some people might view it as a ball and chain, but I see it as otherwise.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


MAG102886
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   Posted 2/2/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Why the heck not...go for it. When I reached my goal on weight watchers I got a tattoo for that.  And when I was in remission from crohns I got a tattoo of a phoenix. Of course Im not in remission anymore, but I dont regret the tattoo because it reminds me of the happiest time in my life, and encourages me to do everything I can to get back to that place.  Ive seen tons of people with pink breast cancer ribbons tattooed on them, some were people who have lost family or friends to cancer, and some were people with cancer, so why not something to represent crohns?  I have many scars from this disease, but putting something on your body that is beautiful representing it is better then looking at the scars, to me at least.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
 

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 2/2/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Ha! After my colon resection I joked with my family about getting a tattoo.
I wanted a "dot" with a "comma" under it. " ; " A semi-colon. Get it? GET it? *laughs hysterically*
heidi
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.


MAG102886
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha Heidi you could always get a winky face ;)



Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
 

lamb61
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   Posted 2/3/2009 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I like it! I often thought if I ever get a tat it would be the letters CD in a circle with a slash through meaning --------- no Crohn's.
 


snohare
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
ROFL, Heidi ! turn
nono MsRockon, you do realise there could be important negative diagnostic side effects to this idea ?
yeah You go see any 2nd rate GI when you have a bad gut, and he'll take one look and say dismissively, "Don't worry, it's just nervous stress, you've clearly got butterflies in your stomach "... eyes
Seriously though, I know what you are up to. You just fancy some acupuncture, don't you ?! yeah

Nanners
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I think tattoo's are great, if you want one. But I second what gachrons said, I would be very careful where you put it on your stomach. about 75-80% of Crohnies will have a surgery sometime in their lives. So you wouldn't want to put a tattoo on your stomach and then get a big scar right down the middle of it. So good idea on the tattoo, but I would think of somewhere else to put them. JMHO
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

MissCris
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing that I would be hesitant about is about the placement. I got a small tat on my lower abdomen when I was 18, before I had Crohn's. The vibration of the needle gave me D! I wouldn't even think about getting one near my intestines now that I have CD :P I had actually thought about getting some kind of tat for the Crohn's too though. I don't really know why, I guess for the same reason as you. Not so much to honor it but just because it has become such a big part of my life. I really like your idea of having the Gothic butterflies and then getting pretty ones later :D GL with it!!
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" ~ Horace Mann


Curly9878
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I did something like this for my friend who has breast cancer.   I got the pink ribbon tattoo'd on my foot...   Its my fav tat fo sho
28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


MsRockonBelly21
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm back after a few days, I was forced to go outside to get  fresh air  Maybe next time I just open up a window turn (Crazy weather. Hot cold Hot cold). At times I forget what is night or day because I only see blue(I have blue curtains) smilewinkgrin My sister said I seceretly want to freak out the doctor(not true). He would say cool . I never thought of placing it on my foot.That would be better because I always in flip flops or mules, even in winter. My family told me to get the Chinese symbols for pain and dirrahea on my stomach(I seen the symbols in the tattoo artist's book). Now Hedi that was funny. Every few months I have a new g.i. doc. It is hard to established doctor-patient realtionship when they keep switching. My first doctor lasted 4 years, I had to leave because I made 18. Snohare,I believe the doctor I have now would say that and then he would laugh. My acupunture comes from when they can't find my veins yeah (the record is 5 sticks; 2 on left arm, 3 on right arm). My second to last Remicade appointment they finally found a vein in my thumb). Remicade next week, hoping no more than 3 sticks. If I can only do something about them stealing my blood.
Don't judge a book by its movie.
 
In the past I have taken Asacol, 6mp, Prednisone(3x),  Remicade, Flagyl, Cipro, Phenergan, Colazal(think there was others).                       
 
I am on Metoprolol 50 mg for high blood pressure and heart beating too fast. On Citalopram 20 mg for my anxiety and depression. Started taking fish oil capsule 1200 mg for my high cholesterol. On Calcium 600 mg+ D 400 i.u.  pills. On Remicade 1,045 mg 
 
Diagnosed at age 14 in 2001, first started sick getting at age 13, Sept 2000. I am now 21

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