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   Posted 9/19/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope this post isn't too religous for anyone.  If so, mods, feel free to edit.
I just wanted to share something really moving that happened to me today and maybe when we are all feeling down and out about something we will feel better after praying about it.
I was raised Catholic but I am not really practicing anymore.  There are some things I believe and somethings I don't.  I'm just prefacing my story that I am just a typical young adult, not a preachey type.
So I had a big job interview today for a clerkship position in my state's supreme court.  I had been a little nervous but also felt very prepared.  I took a xanax the night before to help sleep but nothing this morning or all day.  Last nights xanax was .25 so not still in effect.  Crohns has given me some anxieties that really make it a lot worse.  I was just hoping to feel well and not be a nervous wreck and to be confident in my interview and not intimidated by the 4 Justices.
Well throughout the day I had this strange sensation that someone was watching over me, telling me what to do.  "Just work on this memo, don't worry about the interview."  Just eat some yogurt so you don't feel too hungry.  Just take one more immodium, just in case.  On and on.  It was like I was thinking outside of my body.  As I got to my interview I had a huge dirt stain on the foot of one of my nylons from my car.  I didn't care.  When I arrived the bathrooms were so far away and I had to ring two doorbells to get to the waiting area of the interview.  I wasn't nervous, I didn't have to poop or pee.  Which for me is unreal.
As I felt the excitement rather than feeling anxiety I felt something tell me to open my notebook and review my resume, read some notes I had taken for the interview, etc.  The interview went GREAT!!  I then interviewed without notice with 2 law clerks.  I didn't even worry about being late for class or the client interview I had after.  I still didn't have to use the bathroom.  My mouth was dry from the meds but I politely asked if anyone would mind if I had some of my water.  No worries.
Anyway, when I left I was noting this weird presence that had been with me all day and thought, gee, I wonder if people had been praying for me.
I got home and I had an email from my mother in law that said "I hope your interview went well, I said a lot of prayers for you today."  I also know my parents and husband are big prayers.  I am just overwhelmed that I sensed the effect of the prayers and in fact people had been praying for me.
So when you feel down or like you can't help someone you love, say a prayer.  Even the non-believers might feel the presence.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 9/19/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
lol. thanks for sharing. I was just informed recently that people are still praying for me during my very complicated pregnancy and I know it's helping because my intestinal obstructions went away and my crohn's isn't flaring as bad as it was earlier in the pregnancy. Also, so far my sugars aren't as high as they were with my first pregnancy and just so many other little things that I am grateful for.

Hope you get the job!

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   Posted 9/19/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
What a great story, FitzyK23! It brightened my day! Thanks!

Good luck with the job!
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   Posted 9/19/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you shared that with us. I can relate but I cant share my story,,not yet anyway. I'll just say that lots of you guys have prayed for my wife and me and I appreciate each and every one..
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   Posted 9/19/2008 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
What a wonderful story. I'm glad you shared it with us. Thanks
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   Posted 9/20/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy I am one who definetly believes in the power of prayers. I have seen so many good things come about thru prayer. Thank you for sharing your story and good luck with job!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 9/20/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
What an uplifting story. Thank you for sharing Fitzy.

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   Posted 9/20/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
i firmly believe in the power of prayer. it is mind boggling how God works. gotta love it.

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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   Posted 9/21/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy... I am a great believer in the powers of prayer... I have experienced things in my difficult journey that are inexplicable...I am so happy you felt that presence and that it kept you in the moment and relaxed... Hope you get the job.

Someone once told me that when you suddenly dream of or think of somebody you haven't thought of in years... and old schoolmate..neighbour... etc. that it is not coincidence... it means that they are in need of prayers... So whenever this happens to me... I make a point of praying for them.. I may not know what the prayers are needed for... but somehow the universe has let me know that this person is in need....

Love and prayers always dear Fitzy
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.

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   Posted 9/21/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
the "weird presence"...footprints in the sand dear, footprints in the sand. a very special gift to be cherished and remembered always.
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   Posted 9/22/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
How wonderful! Thank you for sharing this. I know that it is only by God's power & presence that I can cope each day to ocntinue in His will. It is He who gives me strength.
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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always felt we were all gave this disease for a reason. Could be religion, family, compassion for others, patience, so many areas it impacts and a lot of times we only notice the negatives.
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