A POSITIVE outlook on this condition

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Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/11/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm gonna post what positives I'm learning from this whole experience, feel free to add yours (hopefully you have some positives!).
 
I lost 13 lbs, and I can stand to lose several more of those 13 pounds (and I do not deprive myself of food, I eat, just 10x healthier than I ever did before and less fat/calories).
 
I am learning to stop and learn to relax and just not feel guilty when I need rest or me time.
 
I'm learning to enjoy life, stop and smell the roses sorta speak, just go to the beach with the family and stop planning things and goals constantly.
 
To chew my food! I haven't been doing this I notice, I'm always in that "rush" I was talking about. Gosh my health issues always slow me down to reality. Get a massage, let your nails go for a few days, so what if the living room is a mess today?!
 
More spirituality. When I'm rushing around in life, I get away from that more than I'd like and when I get a health issue, I have to slow down and focus on my spirituality, health, mind, body health and connections with people and all that. And heal (my adrenals/stress hormones) and all that. Changing my thinking to more positive, spending more time with my kids.
 
I started a new routine w/my son, b/c I notice that my whole family has been hyped up w/anxiety lately (we were gonna sell our house, and my son has chronic ear infections and an upcoming surgery for that and my stomach issues, etc) and I give my son a bath nightly, we just hang out, sometimes I pour in mineral salts, I hang my arm in and we'll just hang out and talk (it relaxes him). He gets his jammies on, I help lotion him and then I give him belly rubs with castor oil (our naturopath said to do for his constipation) with some soothing Hawaiian or other music on in the background (sometimes he gets a back rub, too). Then I will read to him, talk to him and tuck him in (after he brushes his teeth of course). This is our nightly routine, it is special to me and I will remember it when he grows up. Before, I'd just have whoever throw him in the tub, hurry it up, get him to bed and so on. It's helping me reconnect to the IMPORTANT things in life (btw I remember my favorite times with my younger siblings were giving them a bath-there's nothing like that clean baby smell and then getting them in their jammies, throwing them up in the air and blowing on their tummies and munching on their feet (playfully, of course), and reading to them and tucking them in at night. Those are my most special memories of my younger siblings. I realize I've been making everything in my house so stressful lately even baths, hurry up and take one, pour water over your head, get out, get to bed type stuff (not cool!). Or rush out the door, hurry clean this and that. Now it's sit down dinners, and turn on more soothing music or Hayhouseradio, sit down and read...cuddle as a family, talk and so on and I remind everyone to talk in calm voices (I come from a family who does not!).


-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.

Post Edited (Peaceandhappiness) : 3/11/2010 8:55:42 PM (GMT-7)


Sniper
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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Great outlook. Thanks for sharing.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


minou
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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
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wednesday77
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
peaceandhappiness, I love your post!  It's so true to stop and slow down and take time for the little things.  Great outlook!
 
 
33 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
 
Currently on Remicade, starting Humira, 55 mg Prednisone, Multivitamin, Calcium, Probiotics, Vitamin D, a few other herbal supplements my natureopath has me on.
 
Eating a Macrobiotic diet, no meat or dairy, trying to cut way back on sugar and white foods.  Trying to focus on a more holistic approach to healing. 
 
 
 


tewcute
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   Posted 3/12/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
love this thread peace and happiness..here are a few of my positives"
 
I also lost about 12 pounds since this started and can afford to lose 24 more. Luckily the unintentional weight loss has slowed and I actually losing now trying to be healthy
 
I try lots more foods in an attempt to find healthier fare for my gut
 
I cut out 99% of all foods with high fructose corn syrup
 
I discovered how much my family loves me and worries about me.
 
my constant promise to myself that everyday i would start live a more healthy lifestyle finally came to pass.
 
 

Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/12/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
tewcute said...
love this thread peace and happiness..here are a few of my positives"
 
I also lost about 12 pounds since this started and can afford to lose 24 more. Luckily the unintentional weight loss has slowed and I actually losing now trying to be healthy
 
I try lots more foods in an attempt to find healthier fare for my gut
 
I cut out 99% of all foods with high fructose corn syrup
 
I discovered how much my family loves me and worries about me.
 
my constant promise to myself that everyday i would start live a more healthy lifestyle finally came to pass.
 
 
 
Yeah!

-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


newfoundsun
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
YES!!!  I think a positive attitude is KEY.  This is a post I wrote on my blog on a day when I was questioning why I got this disease.  It has some of my positives in this whole thing.  Cheers!!!
 

Tonight is one of those nights that I ask, “why now?”

Why did Crohn’s have to hit me now, in my mid-thirties?

Why now, when my kids take so much time and attention in order to raise them right?

Why now, when I’m just trying to discover who I am?

Why now, and not in 10 years, or even 5?

Why now, when the financial difficulties we are having make treatment and supplements difficult?

Why now, of all times? 

Life was going good, so why now did I have to get a disease that changes such a very basic part of my life as eating?  Why do I now have to deal with the daily wonder if I’m going to be alright?  WHY NOW???

I can tell you some things, of why now.

I’m so glad it didn’t hit any earlier.  I was not strong enough even a year or two ago to tackle this.  I would not have survived and been able to continue being a good mom and wife had it hit earlier in my life.  I’m strong enough right now, so that’s why now.

This changes things for my kids.  But, they are young enough that the changes will be normal as they grow up.  If it would have hit in a few years, incorporating my diet into theirs would have been a huge struggle.  They will benefit from the better eating.

God wants to teach me something through this.  Why now?  Because he knows I’m ready.  I’m honored that he thinks that I’m ready for this next step.  It says a lot about El Papa Dios, and what he wants for me.

Why now?

Because…..I am strong.  I am a fighter.  I am determined.  I will not let this get the best of me.  God’s got me wrapped up in the palm of his hand, and he’ll never let me go.  Why now?

Why not?


newfoundsun
 
http://www.newfoundsun.wordpress.com/  (my blog about this journey I have just started)
 
CD diagnosed 11/12/09
Seeing a Naturopath and modifying my diet, so far


tewcute
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Newfoundsun - love this...It reminds me of the question I am sure we have all asked at ne time or another..Why me?? And I guess the answer again is why not me. Why wish it on someone else.

newfoundsun
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm....that' right.  You wouldn't want to wish this on anyone.  What I love about the people here that I'm reading about is the strength they have found within themselves to cope and live. 
newfoundsun
 
http://www.newfoundsun.wordpress.com/  (my blog about this journey I have just started)
 
CD diagnosed 11/12/09
Seeing a Naturopath and modifying my diet, so far


tewcute
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, I am new to this board and I have encountered stories that really reflect the strength of the people here. It is so nice to have a safe place yu can talk about meds symptoms and other stuff. Not many people Iknow as supportive as they are want to hear about my bowel habits or other issues.

Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
newfoundsun said...
YES!!!  I think a positive attitude is KEY.  This is a post I wrote on my blog on a day when I was questioning why I got this disease.  It has some of my positives in this whole thing.  Cheers!!!
 

Tonight is one of those nights that I ask, “why now?”

Why did Crohn’s have to hit me now, in my mid-thirties?

Why now, when my kids take so much time and attention in order to raise them right?

Why now, when I’m just trying to discover who I am?

Why now, and not in 10 years, or even 5?

Why now, when the financial difficulties we are having make treatment and supplements difficult?

Why now, of all times? 

Life was going good, so why now did I have to get a disease that changes such a very basic part of my life as eating?  Why do I now have to deal with the daily wonder if I’m going to be alright?  WHY NOW???

I can tell you some things, of why now.

I’m so glad it didn’t hit any earlier.  I was not strong enough even a year or two ago to tackle this.  I would not have survived and been able to continue being a good mom and wife had it hit earlier in my life.  I’m strong enough right now, so that’s why now.

This changes things for my kids.  But, they are young enough that the changes will be normal as they grow up.  If it would have hit in a few years, incorporating my diet into theirs would have been a huge struggle.  They will benefit from the better eating.

God wants to teach me something through this.  Why now?  Because he knows I’m ready.  I’m honored that he thinks that I’m ready for this next step.  It says a lot about El Papa Dios, and what he wants for me.

Why now?

Because…..I am strong.  I am a fighter.  I am determined.  I will not let this get the best of me.  God’s got me wrapped up in the palm of his hand, and he’ll never let me go.  Why now?

Why not?

 

 

Great spirit and attitude! Yes, our minds can tell us all that, me, too with raising kids with their needs (my son is a sickly kid who's having surgery in two weeks) and yes, financial stuff and so on. It's like "we shall get through this" and not only get through this but "I'm gonna enjoy every moment I have with my children and husband and so on". I have was really focused on selling our townhome and moving up to a bigger home; a big stress b/c I don't really work (except online) and one income so that makes it difficult w/the price of homes these days (and our equity is kaput). Now I realize how much stress I put into that, It was even making my son stressed out (yes we do need another bedroom and I would like a little patio or yard or something for the kids, something low maintainance). But this may not be in the cards for us now, so it's either stay here and enjoy our beautiful townhome, or a better idea, we can go rent a little house somewhere and save a bit of money to pay bills better with (and heck get a trip or two once in awhile!). I miss my sis in Colorado, so that's a trip I def need to plan out sometime.


-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
tewcute said...
Newfoundsun - love this...It reminds me of the question I am sure we have all asked at ne time or another..Why me?? And I guess the answer again is why not me. Why wish it on someone else.
 
 
 
 
You're right...I don't wish anything on anybody, Crohn's, gallbladder, thyroid, cancer, mental issues, any of that, obesity, addictions and you name it.
 
I have a new found respect for doctors...some have treated me poorly over the years (like sending me home in labor ) and I went through a love/hate relationship w/them. I now have good doctors, who are only trying for my health, nobody's perfect and they aren't miracle workers. But I do have a respect for them, in fact I definitely need to show/send my appreciation a lot more, so I thought of sending some postcards soon. All the front desk people, nurses, cna's, helpers, doctor's, arnp's and all that counselors and nutritionists, etc etc, all work so hard in this health field!

-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want to post my APPRECIATION that all of my family is doing well.

My Mother-in-law got a bit of breast cancer a few years ago and w/radiation treatment was able to get rid of it (yeah), my Father-in-law had a rough year last year, but he's HERE!!!! In a few months time: prostate cancer (w/hormone treatment and hot flashes), heart attack (on father's day and had a stent put in), and diabetes and before that was a pretty DANG healthy guy and very vibrant! He's doing well.

My mom: ovarian cancer scare, but with some supplements (mushrooms), positive thinking and eating better, it went away, and a lot of doc's trips to keep an eye on it. She did have appendix issue a few months ago and had to ER it out, I think they left her gall bladder. And she has fibromyalgia, pstd/anxiety and deals and takes lots of meds. I've learned not to worry about her, and preay she always makes good choices, she probably doesn't have the best eating/exercising schedule but she does not smoke or drink or anything (and tries).

My aunt who has Crohn's but has control of it mostly after years of ups and downs and even goes on cruises! Other aunts who go through health issues (food intolerances, thyroid, weight, mental stuff, gall bladder and so on).

My dad and stepmom who have health problems (I don't know much b/c I don't see them much) but wish them well.

Stepdad who I adore; who has Zoloft and family to help him through his pstd/anxiety stuff (yeah)!

And my sister who's DOING REALLY WELL (finally). She's BIPOLAR and had so many mental things break downs, depression, irritability, tiredness/complaints/insomnia, anxiety and so on. She is now on a good combo of low antidepressant mixed with lithium (that does not make her gain wt or thyroid bad, yeah-in fact she is very fit), and I think Lorazapram or Klonipin for anxiety 1x a month or something. She's doing GREAT!

My Cerebral Palsy sis who is in a group home, doing good and her twin who is like a homeless bum kinda gal but she loves that hippie lifestyle- she has her issues and gets through them and Thank the Lord for that!

I did lose an aunt a few years back (heart attack from diabetic complications). She prob didn't take care of herself as well as she should have. R.I.P. and my grandma last summer (colitis). Another biological grandma (years ago, I didn't know her really) to Pancreatic Cancer. All in their late 40's and 60's.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Wolfie40
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   Posted 3/12/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats something I need to learn to do.
I'm Go! Go! Go!
I need to slow down and not let life rush by me.

Thank you!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications:Humira,  Asacol, FolicAcid,  Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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