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Angela101
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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all you wonderful people!
  I thought it might be nice to start a post where we could find out something about eachother that does not relate to our ostomy's, gut's, bum's, bowel movment's, etc.
   What sort of hobbies do people enjoy?
   What makes you smile?
 
Something about me: 
I am a 31 yr old Canadian - no children of my own (yet) but I have a 6yr old neice that I totally adore.  Spending time with her and enjoying her innocence and wonder at the world makes me smile and feel amazing!
 
Does anybody else have something they would like to share?
  I look forward to getting to know you!
 
  
 

Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6+ months.
 
 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
this is a good idea
I have a three year old son who it a wild man, lol. I don't work,but my husband is a nurse. I really am not very interesting, lol. But my AC in my house caught on fire today, and my husbands laptop caught on fire friday night. So apparently my hobby is having electrical fires!
Other than that, i like to play video games (yes i am a nerd) and do stuff outside, or just watch tv,or hang out with friends (i finally have some, lol)

flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
A little bit about me... I'm 37 and a native Floridian ~ we're a rare breed! My mom is from Sweden, so I speak fluent Swedish. My dad is a retired gynecologist.

I enjoy going to the beach and spending time with my hubby, Ted. We've been married 11 years. We have a pool table in our house and like to shoot a couple of games on the weekends while listening to Jackson Browne. We also like to cook at home and watch funny movies.

I have two step daughters, who are really sweet. They're both blonde, like me, and there mother is brunette, so I think they look more like me! I work as an Administrative Assistant at a church and publish their monthly newsletter and Sunday Bulletin.

We have a grey cat named Smokey who loves to cuddle. Now that I'm healthy, I want to do some traveling again. I went to college in Denver and would love to show Ted the Rockies someday.

:-) Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


LadyHawk701
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I homeschool our oldest and I do the bookkeeping for a automotive company from my home.  I have been married for 8 years.  I like to read, do crosswords, Sudoku and organize things:)  I love rainy days and am a homebody.  My husband is able to work Mon-Fri 8-5 mostly so we are able to spend lot of time together as a family.  We are very fortunate.  That about covers it, very random and kinda boring:)
32 yrs old, Mama to my darling daughter (6yrs) and my little boy (2 1/2yrs)
Diagnosed with UP in Feb 2005 Developed into UC by Jan 2006
Rowasa, Asacol, Colazal, Entorcort
Hospitalized July-Aug 2007 Pancolitis Contracted C Diff.
Salumedrol, Flagyl, Remicade, Demerol, Prednisone, Antibiotics
Prednisone tapering currently down to 5mg
Imuran 100mg
Double dose of Remicade every 4 wks HAS STOPPED BEING EFFECTIVE
Prednisone 40mg, Zoloft 100mg, Phenergen
Having a total colectomy Aug 1st 2008
 
 


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Ooooo, fun!
 
I'm 32, and born and raised in the San Francisco bay area. I've been married for 3 1/2 years to my best friend, Josh. I work in Human rEsources for a high School district, I hire teachers. My hubby is a UPS driver. We have a dog, recently diagnosed with Cancer, her name is Maggie. We also have two finches.
 
I love animals, and always adopt injured or special needs animals. I got my finches because no one wanted one of them because he has a deformed leg. I have rehabilitated a WIDE variety of creatures. Cats, kittens, dogs, finches, pidgeons, a dove, even one frog and one turtle.
 
I also love baseball and all sports, really. I love my local teams, the Giants, the 49ers, Sharks and Warriors. we're season ticket holders for both the Niners and the Giants. Now I just need both teams to actually play well. LOL.
 
I enjoy traveling, my husband and I travel to ballparks all over the country, and of course we spend a week at Spring training every year. Other than that, you'll usuall see me with a book in my hands because I'm an avid reader.
 
So, that's me!
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
 
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2008.


Angela101
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   Posted 7/21/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a dog named Maggie too!
She is a black lab mixed with something really big! Got her at the SPCA and she likes to think she is a lap dog and ends up knocking furniture over with her tail..
Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6+ months.
 
 
 


justjenjen
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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I'm 32 and been married for 7 1/2 years. I been with my hubby for nearly 13 years total though-seems like forever...I mean that in a good way. We have one daughter (7 going on 17!) and a stinky wiener dog. I'm not currently working but I will be attending school this fall and working toward a paralegal degree. Hobbies consist of reading, making chocolates, belly dancing, listening to music, hanging with friends, and attempting to learn how to crochet or knit--I can't figure out either!!

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
i love to make chocolates, but i keep eating them all!
I can crochet but only a line, i can't figure out how to join them to make something, and i tried to learn how to knit, and it was dangerous! good luck on that.

Ohio43
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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!

Let's see...I turned 44 in June. Have been married to my wonderful husband for 24 years. (I sound like I'm on Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.) My one and only son is 22, attends Ohio State University and has moved back home. Sometimes, drives me nuts, but I love him dearly. I decided not to have more children after him because I'm now paying the price with all my colorectal surgeries - one natural birth - eight surgeries 22 years later... : (

I have two cats - one that I adopted from Cat Welfare. I try to visit/volunteer a couple times a month.

I work for an ad agency as a marketing coordinator and my husband is a sales manager for a large foodservice distributor.

Thanks, Angela101 for starting this. It's nice to know who we're talking to.

2much2bear
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Angela
 
 - I am 46 years old with two kids of 26 and 21.  Been married for 26 years and i live just outside London UK. My eldest son is an aspiring actor and my daughter is at Uni studying creative digital media - she went to Indiana PA uni for a few months on an exchange and loved it!!
 
What makes me smile? :-) - cute kittens and babies. 
 
Hobbies - i LOVE singing and listening to mostly rather noisy rock music e.g. Muse, Linkin Park.  On the other hand (in my more sombre moments) i also also love to listen to James Blunt and various indie music.  When i am well i will look to join back up with a guitarist and do some gigs at the local open mic night.  i kept cancelling because of pain, so i have given up for a while.  music is what makes me feel alive, so i try to keep it in my life.
 
I also love dancing (again on the back burner).  salsa type stuff.
 
I am on facebook too if any one wants to add me as a friend!?
 
I have worked from home as a legal typist (a blessing!) for the past 9 months, which is a god send... i think that is it - not much really!
 
 
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I;m sfgiantsjo on facebook, so feel free to add me, too!
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
 
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2008.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
HI! I just turned 40 in April, live in the Akron, OH area with my husband (of 14 years) and my 13 year old daughter who will start 8th grade in the fall.

I work part-time for my husband's business, take two college courses a semester and spend all my spare time with my daughter! We have two dogs, a rabbit and a horse. My daughter rides several times a week so we are ALWAYS at the barn, but I secretly love it. I used to ride as a kid, and have as an adult, but had to take a break until I am better from my last surgery.

I was always afraid to travel but now I have gotten the "bug"...we just returned from 10 days in Nevada, Arizona and California...I loved every minute of it and have already planned the next one!

sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother is from Akron! She went to Kenmore HS. She's in her 50's though.
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
 
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2008.


awesomeame
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   Posted 7/25/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm 27, no wife, no kids, no gf, living in southern ontario...soon to be mississauga!! by trade i'm an aircraft maintenance engineer, but now i work as a quality assurance inspector for a private jet company. i'm into the outdoors bigtime: hunting, fishing, atv, snowmobile, all that stuff....all the stuff i couldn't DO while i had UC/crohns :) i like to cook and dance too. well, that's pretty much all i'm about LOL. i'm on facebook too if anyone wants to add me find me with my email: matthias AT execulink DOT com

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


chili123
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   Posted 7/25/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 41.  I have been married to my husband for like 17 years (it is a guess, though.....I am terrible with dates and remembering lol).  We have 3 kids: 20,17 and 15.  We live on a lake and spend alot of time on the boat fishing (I love to fish).  I travel for a living but only have to work like 7 days a month.  I live in Michigan but lived in Texas for like 12 years (and loved it....if there are any texans out there).

Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.


lolaleigh
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   Posted 7/27/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   

I am 38 years old, met and married my husband of 12 years in six months, we have two kids 11 year old boy and 7 year old girl...I live in Indiana in a lake community close to Lake Michigan so we are boaters.  I truly hate the North...no offense to anyone but, I was born and lived in Mississippi for 8 years then North Texas (HEY CHILI123) for like 20 years...Indiana was only suppose to be for six months...then met my husband and its 13 years later....

I do alot of cake decorating, baking and cooking...someday hope open a cutesy bakery and catering business...I annoy my neighbors with my cooking b/c they don't do it and feel guilty...lol

My husband is an acoustical engineer and works too much....feel bad for him...I have six sisters in law...I'm paying for something I did to somebody..not nice women...anybody want to trade war stories? 

What makes me smile....my kids telling me they love me even though I am sickly but that'll change soon and watching people eating my food!!!

Hobbies..anything where i can be creative, going dancing, anything in the kitchen (except cleaning it)

Jennifer Sugarbug yeah


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/27/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I will trade Sister in laws with you, i only have one, but she is a freakign pyscho! i mean like totally off the wall, so at least if i had six i could spread rumors and turn them against each other and away from me!

Ohio43
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   Posted 7/27/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
OHIO76, is there a hotel in Akron that is made of Silos? It was the Quaker Oats plant for some time? Just wondering. Would love to stay at the hotel if it's still around. Love to stay at unique places.

Thanks!

Mary (Ohio43)

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/28/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 41 and live alone with my two gorgeous furbabies - kitties (much cheaper to look after than human kids - no school fees, clothes, etc to worry about). I've never married, never had kids, don't really want either of them now - I'm far too selfish to change my single ways and don't really want to have to worry about another person when making plans, etc lol
 
I own my own home (or will do once I pay it all off) and I work as admin co-ordinator for the Lions Hearing Clinics (an offshoot of the not-for-profit Lions Clubs most of you may be familiar with) - we do hearing tests, fit hearing aids, etc.
 
I'm an Aussie but have travelled to the USA, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and most of Australia. Would love to do some more traveling one day.
 
Most of my spare time at home is spent either moderating ostomy boards like this, working on my site, chatting with new and old ostomates and moderating an ostomy chat channel lol


I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
Moderator of the Ostomy Forum
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Post Edited (Shaz032) : 7/28/2008 7:59:28 AM (GMT-6)


peggy113
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   Posted 7/28/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Re Hotel made out of a silo ---   There is! Quaker Square Inn  http://www.quakersquareakron.com/   is there, or used to be.  I have never stayed there but been to the Quaker Square Mall. 
 
I am originally from a little suburb southeast of Akron.  I worked for the City of Canton as an Admin Sec'y for almost 10 years, then moved to Indiana with my then fiance when he graduated from University of Akron with an Electrical Engineering degree for his job.  Been here in southern Indiana, for 18 years now.  I worked full time at Indiana University in the Registrar's office for 11 years, then took some time off to take care of my ill mother in OH.  I returned back to working only part time, but I could work 39.99 hours a week if I wanted that many hours.
 
I am an avid Nascar fan, but love NHRA, USAC -- about anything with wheels and an engine!  My hobbies used to be making my own cards, rubber stamping, even some crocheting, reading and I used to love to cook when I had more time pre building our house!
 
No children, no pets any longer in the house.  We used to have a Bichon for 13 years but we had her put to sleep when she got really really ill.  We have a black/white cat that adopted us - he's an outside cat cause of the shedding and hubby's allergies.
 
As most of you all know, my hubby was diagnosed with ALS, initiallly in March and final diagnosis in June.  We are just taking one day at a time and living life and being thankful for each day that we have together since we don't know how long that may be.
 
What a great thread this is!  It has been so much fun "getting to know" everyone.  What a great opportunity for all of those folks who just drop by to read this board to join up and post their introduction here!!!!  (Hint, hint)
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


mommyphotographer
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   Posted 7/28/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a photographer since 1999. and i have 5 children. my kids are 17,16,12,6,4 I have been married to the same man, just took a break between the older ones. I am adopted also. So glad i was. I love my family so much. cant imagin being with the other lady who gave birth to me. ( i do know her but LONG story)
like to help others, very cheap and find way to make old things work for me. or for someone else.
Christian women also.
ok enough about me.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
ohio43/peggy-I cannot tell you if it is still open...I do remember about 12 years ago having dinner there but I am not sure of anything else (I'm a Connecticut transplant!) and I didn't know the history at the time!

Ohio43
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   Posted 7/28/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy and Ohio76, thanks for getting back to me about the Silo (Quaker) Hotel. I went to the website. It looks like it's still open. Pretty cool - the round rooms.

Thanks everyone for sharing your life with all of us!

peggy113
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   Posted 7/29/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
bump

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Indabag
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   Posted 7/29/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Am I the first guy to post on this thread? Well ok, I'm secure enough in my manhood to start (I even wear the occassional pink shirt to the office!).

I'm a 52 year old CPA living in New York. I have been married for 32 years (a child groom!) to a wonderful woman. I have 3 sons ages 31, 30 and 27. No grand kids yet but I'm hoping!

I like to play golf, garden & read. I am a faithful NY Mets, Jets, Rangers & Knick fan.

I have also been a fan of this forum. The wonderful people on this forum have helped me in more ways than I can count. I have had many ups and downs but I have found solace here. I have gotten first rate information, kindness and encouragement from my ostomates (I will always consider myself one even though my ileostomy was reversed in May).

Hopefully I broke the ice for all of the dudes out there.
 
Richard
 
P.S. I just realized that Matt posted! Guess I'm the 2nd guy on board.
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 

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