Benefits of having Crohn's......

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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I decided to try making a list of the "benefits" of having Crohn's....
At first I thought it would be an empty list, but then actually came up with a couple.

Some are "REAL" benefits.... and others more of a humorous take. But here's what I've come with: (Feel free to add any others if you think of any)

1. - (real) Since Crohn's is an auto-immune disease which basically super-charges the body's immune system, I've noticed that I RARELY get sick! It's crazy, but I don't remember the last time I had a cold, or the flu, or whatever. Viral illnesses don't stand a chance in my body nowadays!!! LOL!
2. - I make frequent trips to the restroom at home, and sometimes take a little extra time. So if I ever want to have a few minutes of peace & quiet, I can "get away" for a bit, and nobody even suspects a thing! Hahahaha!
3. - If my wife decides to make something for dinner that I don't especially like, I can eat something else without offending her by using the "system is all jacked-up today" card. :-)
** If "regularity" is signified by how often you use the restroom, then I REALLY AM just a "regular guy".

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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   

I would have expected Sniper to have put something like this out :)


1 Benefit....we learn what the GOOD toilet paper is.

2.  Playing sick if we don't want to go somewhere (what want to go to your parents house...but I don't feel good) 

36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily

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   Posted 12/30/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Immunity to peer pressure. All through high school, I told my classmates that a single drop of alcohol could kill me, because I didn't want to drink and I was sick of people asking me to.
21, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School.

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   Posted 12/30/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha yeah, I agree with peer pressure. I don't really feel the need to drink or go out ever to have fun. I'm pretty much a homebody but it's okay. Chronic illness = great anytime excuse for anything!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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   Posted 12/30/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah Oh yes, indeedy, there are many and varied advantages. More than the mere ability to part a stationary crowd like Moses with the Red Sea (I'll not mention any names, I can't rely on my good luck to ensure he misses me twice in a week ! smilewinkgrin)

1./ Play our cards right, our family might hang a flatscreen TV in the wee room, thus ensuring we really can complain about c*** television at Christmas.
2./ If I hadn't spent so much time on the porcelain telephone, I would not be half the educated derelict that I am today. I have read countless books and scientific articles, and encountered many novel and mindbending ideas in the khazi - truly a seat of learning ! turn
3./ Having this disease has forced me to learn about diet, and eat only healthy foods lacking in modern/traditional, health-eroding rubbish. It has also led me to take up gardening (to grow my own fruit and vegetables) which in turn has led me to make friends and enjoy a very wholesome, incredibly satisfying hobby.
4./ The inability to work forced upon me has allowed me time to reflect and devote my scarce energies towards good causes (not the least of which is personal development).
5./ And of course having Crohns leads us all to this forum, where we can all learn what good poetry is ! wink
Welcome to Healingwell, tboy, mine is an Assam, no sugar, with oat milk please !

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   Posted 12/30/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
There was a similar thread a couple of months ago:

I think the novelty of Crohn's has completely worn off for me now. I'm tired of it.
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 12/30/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
GDen, I can understand where you're coming from. Most days I would prefer simply to be better. It comes in cycles for me though. I'll have really long periods of feeling rather disappointed (an understatement, surely) to being okay and able to find the silver lining. I'm thinking most people experience this sort of endless cycle. It's better than feeling 100% miserable all of the time though.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking for Crohn's: Pentasa, omeprazole, Loestrin birth control, and Align probiotics.
Also taking Elmiron and RE Methylphen for Interstitial Cystitis.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 12/30/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I really can't think of many benefits other then if I call off work, or say I'm sick no one questions me, ever. 
I have also learned to be more caring about other peoples conditions, but at the same time I've become cynical about "normal" people claiming to be "sick" ...kinda like, if I can come to work everyday and be sick as heck then you can suck it up for one day while your tummy hurts.  I have to remind myself that "normal" people don't deal with things like that on a daily basis.
I've learned not to take small things for granted, and by that a mean being able to take a walk...going out to dinner with friends, have a romantic night with a signifigant other...all over which have been ruined for me by this disease.
I do remember to look for the silver lining though, I do have good days, days that I'm able to forget that I even have this disease...I haven't had one of those days in over a year, but I know I will have one again.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.

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   Posted 12/30/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
My favorite is . Honey,I don't feel good enough to go to your parents.
Used many times.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, 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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   Posted 12/30/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
As nutty as my inlaws are, I think I'd still rather visit with them than have crohn's LOL cuz amazingly crohn's is worse than they are.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

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   Posted 12/30/2009 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
CD actually saved my life. As the doctors searched for the cause of all my bodily woes they stumbled upon the fact that my weak spells and tunnel vision were not caused by my bad intestinal plumbing but was after all atypical heart symptoms which led to the discovery of a 100% blockage of my left main coronary artery . I had this for so long my heart was bypassing the blockage little by little ,on its on. That blockage is called , widow maker. Most folks dont survive it. All those times I hung on a telephone pole , too weak to hook my way back down, I was dying. Now I have another neat scar to add to my inventory , this one from my neck to my stomach and a real bypass so my old ticker may beat freely for a few more years. The heart and the crohns and the A.S. were a knock out punch to my being employed so I had to retire. Now when its cold and raining I can sit on my back porch and drink a hot cup of coffee and not miss work in the slightest.
The real plus of crohns was meeting all of you wonderful people. I feel most fortunate....
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.

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   Posted 12/31/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Rumor has it the armed forces won't let you in with Crohns

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   Posted 12/31/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I have used CD to get out of Jury Duty

36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily

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