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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been really down lately...CD flare, not happy with finances, issues with husband.  You know the usual.  I always followed my rule of...If I say I hate something, I have to follow it with 3 things I liked about that thing because hate is too strong.  Well here is my application of that rule to lifes struggles---this thing stinks, but I am lucky because (name 3 things)
Having CD stinks, but I am lucky because...
I can still work full time
I had years of remission
I appreciate food more
My husband stinks lately, but I am lucky because...
he cares for me when I am sick
he can make me laugh
his farts stink more than mine so he understands
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I am feeling lucky because I recently moved to Colorado and it is so beautiful. I am also lucky because my cd is not too bad right now. Now if I could get a job and some insurance I'd be on top of the world, hee hee hee.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I am lucky because -

I have a great boss - which makes it easier to deal with all this crp
I really do have some good friends - even when I think I don't they surprise me
and no matter how much trouble she stays in - I really have a cool daughter - love her so much - BTW - she is 8 and showing signs - have to teach her how to deal till we have to officially treat and I hope she can be as old as I was - mid 30's before she has to take these meds.

I am saying a whole bunch more on the inside - but I do believe it is our attitude that gets us through.
Red (Lee Ann)
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      When life gives you lemons, squirt juice in your enemy's eyes.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm lucky because....

I've finally found some relief using the natural route since I'm either allergic or non-responsive to tradtional oral RX used for IBD...

That I'm able to exercises regularly and able to afford to eat healthy and not junk...

That even though I'm 40 my teenaged kids and their friends say that I'm a "hot momma", LOL!!!

That I have 2 beautiful kids, a boy, 14 yrs and a girl 17 yrs and hopefully neither of them will have have IBD or IBS or any other horrible diseases/conditions...

That I have my "potty van" to drive, a roof over my head, a warm cozy bed and food in my gut.

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

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 10/5/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm lucky because....

1) I didn't know I had Crohn's until my children were older and I didn't have little ones at home. They are now 26, 21, and 15.
2) I have a husband that will pitch in when I need him to.
3) I have a terrific job, that I can still do, with excellent health insurance and enough service (30 years) so if I have to I can retire.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

potty pooper
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   Posted 10/5/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I am very lucky because:

I have a wonderful and caring husband.
I have 3 wonderful and beautiful daughters.
I have 2 wonderful sons-in-law.
I have 2 precious granddaughters.
I have a cute new puppy.
and....I just got finished with my colonoscopy this am!

So much to be thankful for.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Right now I'm not feeling so lucky, but I am lucky because;

I'm alive.
I have wonderful kids & grand kids.
I found all of you, without that I would be lost!!!

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts

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   Posted 10/5/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I am lucky...

because I can go to school ( I love school)
because of my daugther ( I love her so much)
because of my husband
because of this DD I still can function almost everyday
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off now . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it .  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidone and lemotrogine.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
i am lucky because

i had two jobs that medicaly retired me!
i retired at 36
and my wife and i live comfortably, with excellent health coverage


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   Posted 10/5/2007 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't believe in luck. I am grateful for my genetic heritage and the environment within which I was raised, both of which have provided me with strength, resilience and optimism. I know I will be OK, no matter what life throws my way and no matter how hard I have to work to climb over some of the mountains I've encountered along this journey that is my life.

I am grateful to have a husband that I love and respect, a husband who adores me and who still, even after 35 years, has the capactiy to make me laugh, sometimes through the tears.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I am lucky because:

I have correctable vision and am able to walk (as opposed to being vision impaired or deaf or wheelchair bound)
I have a roof over my head, transportation, and a job that gives me health benes
I was able to enjoy eat and drink everything I wanted to until I was 35
Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Asacol 3x day
Imuran 50MG 3 x day
Lamictal 125 MG/day for bioloar II

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   Posted 10/6/2007 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I am blessed because:

I have two beautiful daughters and a grand-daughter on the way
I feel God's loving Grace in the wonderfully kind people in my community
I have two good eyes and a heart that leaps for joy whenever I witness God's amazing creations...trees, birds, animals, sunshine etc etc
But mostly I feel blessed to be able to feel and express love

Sounds corny....but gratitude is a choice....and it makes ALL the difference in the world....It's like choosing happiness over darkness. With chronic diseases it is a choice we Must force ourselves to make everyday.
As a nurse I have worked with people who have lost the ability to feel anything but pain, mostly a deep pain of the spirit. It is so important to teach our chidren that life is flawed, it isn't fair, and bad things come our way....but that the good outweighs the bad always, if you leave your mind , heart and spirit open to it. Gratefulness is the best thing we can teach our children and sometimes our neighbors and friends...it is contagious and makes such a wonderful difference in our lives
Thank you HabHockeyFan for this therapeutic thread>
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 10/6/2007 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I am truly lucky

I am alive
I have wonderful supportive partner that goes the distance with me up to and including holding hair while vommitting...lol
Am lucky as he has been able to get info off of HW and from some ppl to help him know what to do and what not to do

I have a beautiful very EMPATHETIC daughter who is also so supportive of me she belongs to HW as as well


I can laugh and I am alive ..........

I have HW and the great ppl here to come to for support and caring

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   Posted 10/6/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
i am lucky because ....

i have tremendous support from such a wonderful family, i have the best parents in the world and i am glad they are mine

i have a best friend that will tell me when i am being negative, i don't know what i'd do without her

i have two loveable kitties that always make me smile

i have an opportunity to take some time off from working, focus on my disease and also refocus on a lot of things in my life and move ahead stronger than ever before

i am lucky because i could be worse off
.: stephanie :.
32 y/0 female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 40 mg prednisone and 4000mg pentasa daily

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   Posted 10/6/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I am alive
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
Dx'ed with Colon Rectal Cancer March 2007
Dx'ed with Stage 2 Vulvar VIN
On Chemo and Radiation for 6 weeks

Nana CC
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   Posted 10/6/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
This thread is just what I needed today. I had been doing pretty well and feeling like remission might be getting close, then Texas found a class C misdameanor on my criminal background check from 1972 and for now I do not have my nursing license. I felt my livlihood had been taken away. I have been so depressed and we all know that adds to making us sick again which is what happened. I'm sure it will all work out the way it is suppose to but my heart just hasn't been feeling it.
I am grateful my company is continuing to hold on to me while this gets worked out.
I am grateful for my husband who is so supportive.
I am grateful to be alive and not sicker than I am.
Diagnosed 4/07 with Crohn's after hospital stay. Meds: Asacol, Librax, Azathioprine, Prednisone, Prozac, Buspar, and Xanax and percocet PRN.

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   Posted 10/6/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Having CD stinks, but I am lucky because...
I still work full time and my boss is amazingly supportive of me.
My family and friends are very understanding and helpful, giving me the space I need when I'm ill but being there to take care of me if needed.
I have never had (knock on wood) a fistula, a total obstruction, a fissure, or a resection! Whew!
I get up each morning with a positive attitude that I try my darnest to maintain all day...my motto is "this too shall pass"...and it always does ;)
Marci C.
38 years old, dx with Crohn's disease March 2007, currently on Humira, Entocort and hydrocodone (for pain)

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   Posted 10/6/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
having crohns stinks, but im lucky because..
i can threaten to take a crap on my friend's pillow and it actually scares him.
i can sit around all day and get away with it. (for now)
i can clog sewer pipes all by myself.
19, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)

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   Posted 10/9/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Red (Lee Ann)
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      When life gives you lemons, squirt juice in your enemy's eyes.

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