Crohn's as a Blessing? Please keep a positive thread. Thanks!!

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   Posted 11/3/2005 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My therapist challenged me to find 10 to 15 ways that having Crohn's is a blessing to me. My first thought was you are freaking nuts. Well as I have spent the past month looking for ways in my life it has been a blessing I was actually able to come up with 12. Here are a few:
1. Helped me become a strong individual that can face adversity and affliction.
2. Brought good friends into my life
3. Teaches me how to be understanding and compasionate with others as they face their challenges
4. Teaches me that I need others in my life and can not face life isolating my feelings from my family.
Give it a try and add your's to the list. Now I am not saying that I don't struggle with this DD. But I know that as I keep trying to find positives in my life, my outlook and overall health is imporved.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
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   Posted 11/3/2005 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Randy, what a difficult exercise. I'll definetely have to think of this one as I'm a pessimist by nature. Glad to hear of your improvements. Keep going Randy :-)
Take care, Softy

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   Posted 11/5/2005 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
In many ways I see my UC as a blessing. ( I have to or I would go crazy )

It has forced me to focus on what really is important in my life. My health, wife and kids are #1. Material possesions, job etc are a distant second that are "nice", but no longer define or complete me. I have learned how to slow down, to be more patient and to have some empathy for others as well.

I really think there is a message for us in any chronic illness if we care to find it and listen. It is our choice for that message to be negative or positive.

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   Posted 11/8/2005 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree 200% with your points 1 and 3, probably no2 but not no4.. but don't worry unlike you I have the family from hell! In my early years coming to terms with the CD it was "for goodness' sake pull yourself together and sort yourself out" but if I did it was "you seem alright to me so what's the problem" see it was a no-win situation..

Anyhow regardless of all of the pain and suffering I've had with the CD since 1978 I would not erase it out of my life from the last twentyseven years, even if I could, it has burned out of me the selfishness and greed I had and made me more caring patient and thinking of others suffering and what I can do to help them. That and my super-powers of course. :-)
'Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds' - Emerson

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   Posted 11/10/2005 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Randy ........I would not change having crohns even as I battle every day with this DD .........I totally agree with all your points and I have one to add .......My Cait has learnt to empathize with peeps dealing with all sorts of chronic diseases/ illnesses and for this I am so thankful and proud as you know of her .........Even with all the battles we face i find I am a very strong person and I enjoy helping others as I find it takes my mind off my DD.....My family is finally starting to "Get It " and show a little more compassion and understanding .........Great thread my friend........You be well .......God Bless .......Lyn
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   Posted 11/10/2005 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Randy,
What a wonderful exercise!  I do not suffer from Chron's disease, but I do suffer from chronic pain due to numerous diseases of the spine.  I am going to make a list of the positives in my life, just like you.
You are an inspiration, Randy!
You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Love and God Bless!
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   Posted 11/15/2005 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My son has Crohn's, (how odd to find this post in the "depression" category.) My other son has depression.
Keeps me busy.

My oldest son is learning to rely more on God and his "thorn in the flesh" is teaching him the fine lessons of "cause and effect". Yes, that's a nice way of putting it. It's been a long road to acceptance. But along the way he's stretched his emotional muscles and strengthened them. His whining is at a minimum because he's learning to let go and wade through the muck.
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