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   Posted 4/14/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
This is a little off topic but I have spent the last few weeks hashing thru all the negatives and now I need to feel positive! smile
1.) My family who has been so supportive of me thru this whole process
2.) My boyfriend who has seen me at my worst and is still here
3.) This board where you can vent and everyone understands because they have been there
4.)My doctors office both GP and GI who are always respectful and helpful
5.)Supportive coworkers
6.)Last but not least my most faithful friend Duncan who is my 13 year old brown tabby cat. He always seems to know when I need comfort and just lies beside me to comfort me.
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)

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   Posted 4/14/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
* drugs
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 4/15/2010 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree tewcute, I think if we all take a moment we can see alot of things to be grateful for. I know I have the best husband around. He massages some part of my aching body every single night. And he spoils me rotten:)
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 4/15/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree I do this all the time try to look at the bright side of life but also be realistic but not drown yourself in the negative things.

I am very grateful for my hubby who is very helpful with all my needs, but still does not baby me to much hehe.
my 3 Standard Poodles who always make me laugh and get me to go out for a walk.
My wonderful GI and his nurse who are always there for me.
My parents who do everything for me.
My forum buddies who always know how I am feeling ;)
My wonderful bed.
All the lessons I have learned form begin sick, like be patient from all the wait.
And I could go on and on

And the fact that I am alive ;)
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with : Endometriosis march 2007, Anxiety disorder august 2007, CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008, Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009
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My wonderful dogs :) ~ ~

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   Posted 4/15/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
My eye site as im deaf
my daughter she is my life
living thru the hades of last yr

Having the parents i did as they were the best in my heart
my family
my healing well family n great friends i have made here
being alive

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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am grateful that snakes usually run and hide when approached,but those that doint, have a white mouth you can see in the dark and they hold it open while waiting to bite,, that gators usually prefer to eat small animals, that big blue herons crap while flying low instead of high less I get hit with something that looks like a bucket of white paint but smells like dead fish. I am grateful that the state bird, the brown pelican , is rare here because they have been known to land in your boat and fight you for the fish you just caught . I am grateful that airplane toilets no longer flush out of the plane while flying .I am grateful that the pythons released by ,ahem, people in Florida have not made their way to Louisiana,,,Yet,,,. Neither have piranha, or pocket rats. I am grateful for never being hit by the jumping carp that have invaded the waterways here . I am grateful that we dont have that little fish called a (spl) Candyru here because they will swim up an important orifice while you are in the water. Best keep your knickers on. I am grateful I live in the country because there is always a trusty woods to run to when you have the runs. I'm grateful that some chef has not found a recipe for crawfish that has the world clamoring for our mud bugs, because the price is high enough now. I am grateful for fireant killer, roach spray, mosquito repellent, gnat spray, wasp killer and the kling free softener sheets,,they remove the lovebug splatter from my windshield and truck bumper during the dreaded lovebug season. If you have lovebugs where you live, though we have another name for them that i can't say here, you may want to try the klingfree fabric sheets . I am also glad I can come here and express such goofy things and maybe bring a smile to someone...
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 4/15/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am am grateful that I am not having worse health problems right now even though I am in a small flare. I have a friend who has kidney problems and if push comes to shove, I can get my colon out and perhaps be better for her she may lose her kidneys and that sucks. Along with all the pain she has been through. We are a good support system for each other and I am grateful for her. I am grateful for EVERTYIHG in my life, my hubby, my dogs, that I have a job, family, health insurance, medications even though I grumble about the system, living in a safe place and it could go on and on. Yes, Sniper, indeed, you brought a smile to this face. What a cute sense of humor you have.
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   Posted 4/16/2010 1:12 AM (GMT -7)   
tewcute said " cat...always seems to know when I need comfort and just lies beside me to comfort me."  I have 3 cats who always seem to know when I'm feeling bad and want to lie with me and comfort me. Or is it the heating pad?smilewinkgrin
Grateful for family and friends,for you all and for God and a Big Book!scool

Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 4/16/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Too funny!! Aren't kitties womderful???
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)

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   Posted 4/16/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
This has been a good thought provoking topic. I'm thankful for so many things, but we'll see if I can narrow it some:

1. Thankful for my family who have supported me during the ups and downs of this DD
2. Thankful for a church family that has supported me like my actual family since we live 10 hours away from all of the actual family
3. Thankful for a job that allows me some flexibility with my schedule
4. Thankful for an outstanding doctor, great nurses, and a talented surgeon in a small town in Arkansas
5. Thankful for a God that can still do miracles and hears my prayers
6. Thankful for pain meds when things get bad
7. Thankful for a beautiful 5 year old daughter, who has faith that God will heal my tummy
8. Thankful for this board and the wonderful people who understand what I'm going through and give great advice to help each other through the difficult times
9. Thankful for skills, knowledge, and talents that I am able to share with others both on this board and at work. I get to combine all of these things this summer on a mission trip as an athletic trainer for Athletes In Action's Men's Basketball Tour in Guatemala. If your interested in following the trip and have a Facebook page, check out "Shawn's 2010 Mission Trip to Guatemala."
10. Thankful that God has given me remission (at least for now) of this disease and allowed me to begin getting into outdoor activities like hiking, running/walking 5K races, and geocaching.

Probably better stop there. Hope everyone has a great day!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in July 2005. 2 Bowel Resections in 2008.
Currently taking Pentasa 1000 mg 4X/Day, 6MP 100 mg/day, multivitamin, Lopressor 100 mg/day (Blood Pressure), Remicade IV every 8 weeks, Omeprazole CR 40 mg/day, Lomotil BID, Immodium BID, Cholestyramine 2 grams daily

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   Posted 4/16/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm thankful that elephants cant fly.
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 4/16/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
isergodur... shouldnt you be glad you live on the other side of the island? ;-)

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   Posted 4/16/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
And those pink elephants I see sometimes aren't really real. (Are they?)
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 14. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal. 
Dr. wants to try Humira...STILL waiting on that! Not sure what is taking so long...
Currently just take a probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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   Posted 4/16/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
as for me, that i was able to comfortably retire after being so sick.
that i have met so many people, good and bad
that i have been so many places in the world ( at someone else expense)
that i have skied on glaciers in switzerland
that i have swam in the pacific, the atlantic and the indian oceans
that i have eaten on 4 continents but only crappped on 3!
that i have flown a small plane for a short time
that i have been able to shoot many bullets but never in anger
that i have touched the most awsome power of destruction but in peace
that i have helped protect all my fellow citizens from war without having to fight
that i have driven over 120 mph LEGALY
that i have CD or my life would have been much differant

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   Posted 4/17/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
This was a great topic to start especially for new people like myself just realizing what crohn's is and how depressing it can make you feel. My husband always tells me to stay positive and that the mind is very powerful (as far as how you feel).
The people and things I am thankful for:
1) GOD

2) My husband who has been so suportive through my anxiety and now crohn's (and slight depression from finding out about crohn's). oh and even after all my weight loss he still says I am beautiful (love is blind)

3) My children who drive me crazy but I love them to death

4) my toy maltese Gina, my two cats, and my sun conure

5) MY TOILET (I want to decorate my bathroom since I am in there so much, lol)

6) a roof over my head

7) My flat screen TV my husband bought for the room since I have to spend so much time in here

8) My car so I can get around because I would never leave the house if I had to take the bus or subway

9) looking forward to remission and being able to finish college and graduating

As I sit and think of all the positives it has really made me feel much better then to keep thinking of everything I am scared of. I would also like to say that I am very thankful for finding this site and all the wonderful people on here that not only post the bad but the good too.

Thank You

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   Posted 4/18/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I like this topic:)
I am grateful for...
Number one my amazing family, they might not always understand but they try!
My amazing boyfriend who takes care of me.
Having a place where people actually do understand!
Having a place to live.
My family again.
I am grateful that Im starting to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel :)
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