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   Posted 6/1/2008 2:06 AM (GMT -7)   
... and we're half-way through 2008.

How's everyone going with their health, fitness and lifestyle resolutions? I remember some of the men saying they were thinking about dating again. How's that going?

Fitzy, how's your inspiring diet going?

Has anybody else achieved anything this month? Or has anyone fallen behind and feels in need of some encouragement?

Looking forward to being encouraged myself,


PS. Newbies, please feel free to join in. All we're doing is trying to live more healthily - it doesn't matter when you start :-)
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   Posted 6/1/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   

WOW... Let's just say today is the new year for me!  The first five months have not been well and the last few weeks have been even more not well.  My neice graduates today and it just reminds me of new beginnings!  I'm SO proud of her and it takes me back to a simpler time in my life...

Since I've totally failed all my "New Year" resolutions... nono   I'm starting MY New Year today! :-)


GREAT JOB to everyone who has kept up on their goals!

Thanks ivy... I needed this today!



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   Posted 6/1/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Great thread IVY

I wanted to quit smoking and it was a New Yr Resoulution BUT I went passed NY's and I finally had the AHA moment
I got put on Champix and I was able to smoke while taking this medication ( has a 90% success rate)

THe only prob I had was not having appetite an still having D all the well as keeping hands busy

I am going to tell you it does work or did for me
I had to come off of it though between that and Dad's passing I went into full flares of Fibro and Crohns as well as broke out in PG.........

I AM smoking 2 smokes a day one in the am one in pm before bed.........

Soon it will be none and I do feel good as I was an almost 3 pk a day smoker.......

Great to see the newest things in ppls lives.........

Take care


April.....ALL the best to you in your New year.........LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
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                               FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE

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   Posted 6/1/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I need encouragement!!! I went from doing awesome with my Crohn's (if that's what I have) and pretty much drug free except for little flares
and help from a few weeks of Cipro over the years, to feeling horrible with joint issues and bowel issues and not knowing what's wrong with me. And also very disappointed in my current GI doctor. So I'm praying really hard Friday will get here fast this week when I go see my second opinion
doctor. I started on 10mg of predisone to help get me through these next days until I can hopefully get help. :-(

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   Posted 6/1/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ivy I am glad you started this post so nice to hear what goes on in people's lives.

I am not doing too bad been busy with flower beds and some mowing. Getting the pool up and filled. Loving the new bouquet of leaves that are finally decorating the trees. Got to get caught up on housework soon as I have been letting things slide.

I am having body aches but finding I have to push myself a bit .Hope things are going good for you. lol gail

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   Posted 6/1/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a good first half to the year:

-only had 1 day off work sick,

-this site has given me the positivty and support to start trying for a baby. I've succesfully come off mercaptopurine, tried to come off pentasa but am back on it (but i was brave enough to give it a go) so we're 2 months into trying to concieve

-doing well with my diet of no wheat and reduced sugar and carbs although there's always room for improvement!

Things to work on for the next 6 months:

-i started meditation and have let it slip

-really need to change my mental attitude. Im such a pessimist so would like to try and be more positive, not always think the worst is going to happen

-need to stop being so hard on myself when i can't do things cause of this DD.

SO, generally, my mental health needs some TLC.

Gachrons, im 27 and we bought our first home 3 years ago, we've got quite a big garden and its always been such a chore but for the first time i've genuinely LOVED gardening, im finding it very theraputic and seeing it pay off is really rewarding. Just planted a hymilayan lilac and can't wait to watch it blossom (how sad am i?!!) xx

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   Posted 6/1/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
What a great topic
It has been a rollercoaster 5 months for me. New Years and the holidays I was sick unable to do little at all right after building and moving into a new house. Spent all my time in bed or sititng on the porch. In comparison I now feel great on 6MP and only 2.5 mg of pred woohoo
was on champix too and quit smoking by Feb but have started again recently having a few a day and am finding it so difficult to have NONE as people around me are always smoking
Decided to get serious with diet in the new year and again slipped especially while on high doses of pred - ate like a horse
I have began doing a couple of Exercises at night good for the tummy, MUST start a little cardio
also am trying for a baby so will need to stop the cigarettes, get back into the diet and exercise.

All the best to everyone with thier goals, what ever they are you can achieve them

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   Posted 6/1/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it goes by sooooo fast and I have such a crappy memory anymore that basically the last 17 yrs (the length of time I've had this DD) have flet almost like a blur(or like I'm living someone eleses nightmare)...I don't look back too much if I can help it because it's depressing and I'd rather forget it (maybe it's selective memory issues LOL) and it's enough energy just to get through each day as it comes, good or bad because of never really knowing what it will be for sure until the day is done at least.

Great thread though, it's nice to read the encouragement and support...thank goodness for that everyday!

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 6/2/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   

great post Ivy!


Good attitude pb4!! I also try not to dwell to much on the past.

2007 was a bad year for me so so far 2008 seems great! I almost can't believe it is June!

My current struggle is with some macrocytosis (sp?) I had some blood tests to see if my b12 is low and next I may get b12 injections. I was upset at first cause it seems everything is happening to me sometimes....then I Remembered it could be much worse than this!!!

Keep your spirits up those that are having a rough time!


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also on Prilosec 2x a day for reflux.


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   Posted 6/2/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ivy - my stomach has been doing well so I have been eating more of what I want instead of what I should. My husband thinks his beer gut is coming back and wants to go back on South Beach. I am sure that means I will be eating less carbs again. The last few weeks I have been very bloated so hopefully cutting the carbs/sugar again will help with that. I am still having some hair loss and have been reluctant to go back to the doctor. We switched my b/c to see if that was the culprit. I have only been on the new one 3 months and my body is still adjusting. I have a few big pimples and always had perfect skin so I HATE that. I really think the Pentasa is the culprit but it has worked well for me for so long that I am afraid to change it. I have sort of cut back my dose (on my own) to three times/day instead of 4 and occasionaly just twice/day. I know I need to talk to my docs and make a gyno appointment but I am procrastinating big time. (Sorry Celey - you totally won because I said we would both make our appts by the end of some week and you did it and I forgot!). Other than that, doing well... working full time, starting to consider whether I want to clerk after law school or just start at a firm.... I hate making life decisions. Lots of people love the excitement of where to work, where to live. I hate it. I like consistency not change.

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   Posted 6/2/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
so far 2008 has been less eventful than 07...thank goodness! I was approved for disability 3 months ago, its not much but better than 0. I got myself a nintendo wii also the wiifit and I try to use them dai y although I havent in the past week, I waas dog sitting for my folks who were on vacation. Used my leftover TPN from 11-07 in my garden...did that in 87 too got huge veggies...not like I can eat many,my husband is growing hops for beer...I take care of them lol. My new kitten is getting big and full of energy. He loves cheese so much that if you have some and are standing he will climb your leg like a tree. My abd pain and symptoms are 95% better being on weekly humira and labwork reflects it too. Dealing with these fissures is frustrating. my colorectal surgeon feels as though it isnt cd related but he has only seen 1 of them...he also thought myfistula was fromSx since it was so close to the anastamosis...pathology proved it was my cd.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 6/2/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
:-) TPN in the garden produces huge vegetables. Now *that's* something I haven't heard before. What a hoot! I should do the same with my enteral feed when it expires.

You should patent the idea, dragonfly. Really. With food prices being what they are, you might be on to something helpful... :-)

More responses later, when I'm not so tired.

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   Posted 6/3/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Fantastic Thread Ivy...Positive posts can go a long way to improving our overall well-being...
I had  terrible first few months with bleeding, d and major mucous issues and colazal just seem to add to the problem along with my usual supps of Omega 3's multi, l-glut, vitamin E and D...Nothing was helping and It was adding fuel to the fire with the stress that goes along with a 'flare'...
I was more than inspired by this board and another to go 'outside the box' and go with my 'gut instinct' and finally got my delayed food allergy testing done that revealed many problem foods as well as looking for all new doctors (my last bunch just used me as a paycheck and poisoned me to the point I couldn't walk or think anymore, I was badly damaged)...I became a lil bulldog and kept plugging along til I got the test results and began the diet, the same time I went off ALL drugs and supps, got new docs, one of which prescribed LDN and ordered the CDSA 2.0 which I just completed...The LDN may be ready tomorrow, however, I may not need it tongue I began my new diet on May 19th and as of June 1st, NO BLOOD, NO D, NO PROBLEMS AT ALL...I can only imagine what is next for me...I see a naturopath that has been instrumental in my healing and I have sought out other avenues of treatment staying completely away from MDs...It works for me...
I am afraid I still remain damaged from a cocktail of Solumedrol and Levaquin along with several other meds as well as an egotistical doc that did irreversible damage that is now classified as PTSD (as if I didn't have enough to deal with) so I am helping my body, mind and soul heal even though we may be going broke in the process confused   I am determined to get well enough to help others avoid the same fate...My new life is becoming an enlightening experience once again and the mornings are tolerable again and I enjoy looking forward to each and every day...My spirit has not been broken after all...It's been a long fight back and while they may have won that battle, I intend on winning this war and obtaining overall good health...
I am also brushing my boys again (2 labs) which I could not do last year due to tendon damage and I bought myself a new mower cause I was going to cut my boys pen if it was the last thing I did...I DID IT!!! I got my dream car (2008 Tribeca Limited, brown exterior with black and camel interior,the colors of my boys) and my hubby also bought me a boat to take me fishing and I can go 40mph on the water to get out some 'anger'...It's all helping!!!
I hope most of us are learning new methods that benefit us cause we all know how different we are and how what may be the answer for one is not the answer for another...The least we can do for ourselves is remember that we only have one body and mind and we need to nourish it constantly...That's what I have done and will continue to do...It is a guarantee to better health even if it only makes a lil difference today it just may lead to a better tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that...I am living proof it does work...Noone can take better care of me, than ME yeah I'm dancing again and it feels wonderful tongue
Thanks for inviting us to share...

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   Posted 6/3/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Well June is winter in Australia (as you already know Ivy) and it is now raining quite heavy here in Sydney - its filled our two water tanks and topped up our pool too  :-)   Mind you my husband swears I brought the rain due to washing my car (with the last dregs of the water tank) the day before the rain started!

 Health - wise what can I say - after my resection in September I am now virtually painfree, but not in remission. Still cant get under 10mg of pred without flaring and then having to up it again and then taper down AGAIN only to up it AGAIN -  vicious circle. I am seeing Gastro on Friday and I know she will push for Remicade, me -  I am pushing for a bone density test, its been two years since my last one  and after 5 long years on Pred I want to know the damage done now. At least my AS hasnt flared this year - must be the MTX working!

I feel quite lucky when I read on here what some people are going through with this DD, so I always look on the bright side and think - it could be worse.

Please let us know how you are going Ivy - this was a great thread to catch up on.

Take care everyone


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   Posted 6/3/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
For me this year has been going great. After having done really bad in college with depression/anxiety/and of course crohns, I made a GREAT GPA in the spring (3.6!!). Right now, I'm trying to take summer courses and work part-time to get caught back up in college from missing time. And while symptoms are getting worse, I'm feeling pretty accomplished! Doing well in classes, working hard, good relationships, doing counseling, having a new GI, and thinking about signing up for exercising classes (if I can overcome my anxiety).

June 11th is my birthday and I'm totally excited about getting 50 bucks to put in stocks (learning to invest now for the future), and I'm excited about going out with my girlfriends and being able to get a (girly fru-fru) drink over a nice dinner (turning 21). It's kinda sad that I don't want to go clubbing or anything...but I think crohn's has aged me to be more mature than most people.

Overall, this is the best year I've had since being dx.
Dx with crohn's since Oct '04.
Have had symptoms since 2000.
Medications: nothing but a daily vitamin
Recently changed GIs, new GI is thinking something else may be wrong.
I see him on June 4th.  Wish me luck.

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   Posted 6/3/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
This year has been good for me so far. My husband races and he has been doing great!!! Only 1 bad wreck that he walked away from w/just scrapes. As for me, I have been in remision all year until a few weeks ago. I am currently taking Lialda, but Rawasa works good for me to stop a flare, so am now on that. I have not ever tried 6-MP, Humira, or anything like that yet. 2 wks ago I found out I am pregnant (which was a HUGE concern for me since I am still flaring right now). I read the posts on pregnancy that ya'll posted and it was a BIG stress releif to find out all ya'll flared and still had big healthy babies! That is how I found this website - I was doing research on CD & pregnancy. The remainder of this year should be great if I can go into remission and deliver a big healthy baby (boy I hope) in Jan!
Diagnosed w/Crohn's @ 19.
Currnetly taking Lialda and Prenatal Vits

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   Posted 6/3/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, this is all really positive!!

I suppose i should add to this thread, shouldn't I :-)? I cut right back on sugar and chocolate a few months ago and have been able to do a lot more exercise than usual, thanks to the Humira. A few months ago I was on a walking stick several days a week and struggled to walk at all; now I can walk 3 - 4 km on good days and am even putting in a bit of cardio exercise too. I've lost some weight (the dietitian is impressed, seeing as I'm still on steroids) and am even gaining some muscle tone.

The bad news is that I'm still very tired a lot of the time and struggling to do more than basic housework and a bit of exercise each day. I'm trying not to get impatient because it's still more than I could do a few months ago, but I find the fatigue hard to cope with and I get quite lonely because I don't have the energy to build a social life.

Social life & mood is in the too hard basket at the moment. Right now I'm attending to my physical fitness and I can *see* progress there. My theory is that if I can improve my fitness I might have more stamina, and maybe then I'll be able to have a social life.

And now I'm off to do the chores. I'ts 3.30 pm and I'm only just starting to wake up... and now I have a bed to make, a house to tidy, and dishes to do. *sigh*

Ivy, in an exhausted and fibromyalgic slump this week.

PS. Jo, I actually wrote your letter today!!! I'll try to post it this week.
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   Posted 6/4/2008 2:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Mamadove-what does you're new diet involve (not invlove).

Im just starting to get interested in how i can help myself with diet, alternative therapies etc. but it's a bit of a minefield! I've started by cutting out processed foods and junk and i've reduced sugar and carbs. I have to say i feel much better.

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   Posted 6/4/2008 2:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Good for you! Cutting out sugar is hard, especially if you're not feeling well.
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   Posted 6/4/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Its SOOOOO hard to do but i've done it gradually and haven't really missed it too much-i substitute honey so i do get a hit still! Reducing carbs has been the hardest as i crave stodgy stuff!

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   Posted 6/4/2008 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
How are you going with reducing carbs? One thing that helps me (when I remember to do it) is to substitute sweet potato for white potato but I think we could all use some helpful ideas, so fire away.

Heavens, I'm bored. I have been too tired to do anything for two days now, and seem to find myself simply crashing in front of the net, staring into space, desperately hoping for someone to (incoherently) type to. Thanks for being here!!

Ivy, zombified.
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   Posted 6/4/2008 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ivy, sorry for the delayed reply-hopefully your not still zombing out! I hate feeling like that, it hits me most afternoons and i end up having a nap and then feeling 10 times worse!

The carb thing is so tough. I mainly just substitute more vegetables as luckily they don't give me too much trouble but i never get that satisfied stuffed full feeling!

I like sweet potato and celeriac is really good too, just boil and mash like potatoes. Quinoa (pronounced keen-waa) might work, it's a protein (got all the amino acids in it) but it's like cous-cous, it's really nice but goes straight through me, so gave up on it!

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   Posted 6/4/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
TThis year should have been good for us .My husband has just retired and we had planned to travel . Crohns and depression has put paid to that -good it wasn't this time last year I had a flare as my Son was married in June. I hope to be better by October when we had planned to visit my niece n Australia

Joe sandy

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   Posted 6/4/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Ivy - I was just zombie-ing out at work. Oops. Great new word.

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   Posted 6/4/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Where in Aus does your niece live, Joe?

Ivy, still zombified :-(
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