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Allison77
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 5/30/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
Sorry i've been so quiet lately....the reason... my husband and I have been chosen as possible candidates for the Napa Rally 5000. It's the Canadian version of Bullrun, except the cars are supplied and instead of car challanges it is mechanical challanges. It is a reality TV show that will follow the contetants as they drive across Canada in 9 days. The vote started today.....so if you can, please log in and vote for Neil and Allie (the prairies)....and I will show the world that ostomates can do ANYTHING!!!!!!
 
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


flchurchlady
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   Posted 5/31/2010 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Allie,
That is AWESOME!!! I just voted. You go girl!!! yeah

Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/31/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Voted!!!! Good Luck:)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Chasblah
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   Posted 5/31/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
COOL! I'll go vote for you!
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


ducridr
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 5/31/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to vote but when I registered it says "Registration and contest entry is reserved for Canadian residents who have achieved the age of majority in their province or territory". Does this mean my vote won't count? confused

GOOD LUCK!! I think that you would rock at this challenge!!
Ducridr - 36 - female

Diagnosed w/ severe pancolitis 11/20/2007
Asacol - 6 (400mg) 2x/day, Xifaxin 2 (200mg) 2x/day, Prednisone 15 mg (started at 40mg Nov 08 - off June 09), multi-vitamin, calcium and vit d supplement, potassium supplement, B-12 supplement, Junel FE (BCP),metamucil capsule (1/day) Coumadin (for blood clot) 5mg/day, 1st Remicade treatment 2/4/2009, 2nd - 2/18/09. Currently getting Remicade every 4 weeks.

J-Pouch surgery #1 of 3 on 8/21/2009!!!
Surgery #2 on 1/4/2010
Surgery #3 scheduled for 3/23/2010


summerstorm
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   Posted 5/31/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
i voted for you!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


Allison77
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 421
   Posted 6/1/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! It is so exciting especially as Neil and I are in the lead! The rally is great exposure for not only our shop (Pug City Euroworks) but also for ostomates everywhere. I personally have never heard a negative thing about an ostomy and all of my friends know that I have a colostomy, heck, most of them visited me in the hospital and I was proudly showing him off then, but this is such a great way to show everyone, especially potential ostomates that it IS possible to do anything you darn well please.
If you haven't voted, please do as every vote counts (Americans too!!!!!) and please send the addy to everyone you know and ask them to vote as well.
As always, all of you are amazing and I thank the man above every day for the friendships I have made on Healingwell.

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


ducridr
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Total Posts : 139
   Posted 6/1/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I voted for you!
Ducridr - 36 - female

Diagnosed w/ severe pancolitis 11/20/2007
Asacol - 6 (400mg) 2x/day, Xifaxin 2 (200mg) 2x/day, Prednisone 15 mg (started at 40mg Nov 08 - off June 09), multi-vitamin, calcium and vit d supplement, potassium supplement, B-12 supplement, Junel FE (BCP),metamucil capsule (1/day) Coumadin (for blood clot) 5mg/day, 1st Remicade treatment 2/4/2009, 2nd - 2/18/09. Currently getting Remicade every 4 weeks.

J-Pouch surgery #1 of 3 on 8/21/2009!!!
Surgery #2 on 1/4/2010
Surgery #3 on 3/23/2010


flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/2/2010 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Allie,

What a testimony you have to share! If you get chosen to compete in this contest, which I think you will, it will be an amazing platform for you to share your story. :-)

I've worked at a large church for over 10 years, so when I got sick with Crohn's, people were praying for me, and when I had surgery 7 years later, they were praying then, too. Most of them know that I had my colon removed and are thrilled to see me healthy now. Many of them have shared with me that they have family members who are sick due to a digestive disease. I feel like God is using me to show them that life can be really good with an ostomy, if surgery is needed for their loved one. Just last week, a couple told me that their grandson had his colon removed a few months ago and is doing great! The joy on their faces was priceless. wink

I'm so excited for you!

Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


Allison77
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 421
   Posted 6/2/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cece!
I do feel I was spared (illness has claimed me 3 times...."clinically dead") for a reason. Between the Crohn's, 3 strokes, septicimia numerous times, gangrene, countless surgeries and numerous hospital stay's, I think Im meant to go on....though im not entirely sure what that reason is yet? LOL. I have started my blog and now with the possible rally, it seem's I am meant to show people that ostomies are not a reason to hold you back from life.
I hope we do get chosen so I can spout off about Oscar every time the camera's roll!

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


Allison77
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 421
   Posted 6/14/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
We did it!!!!!
Thanks to all of you for your support, the hubby and I will be participating in the Napa Rally 5000.
For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a road rally across Canada, driving 5000 km's in 9 days. Insane, and im doing it all thanks to Oscar (my colostomy)
Make sure to check out all the action (webisodes on YouTube and on the OLN)....and watch a person with an ostomy not only live life, but be a participant as well. YAY!!!!!
If you want to be updated, please add me as a friend on Facebook. I will be updating during the race everyday.
 
-Allie Korpesio
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


80sChick
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   Posted 6/14/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Allie!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 


Collicat
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 827
   Posted 6/14/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow...this is exciting tongue We will be watching and cheering you on. When does the actual race happen? I just send a friend request through facebook...real name is Cathy Collins. We are fellow Canadians.

summerstorm
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 6/14/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
woooo hooooo YAY!!!!
Good luck!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


esoR
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 4147
   Posted 6/14/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW Allie, this is great. Just voted for you. That is sooooo cool. Rosemary

Allison77
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 421
   Posted 6/16/2010 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!!!
Neil and I are flown to a `unknown` destination on July 2, then the rally starts on July 3. Napa set us up with a page on Facebook, please add us and as the race progresses i`ll update both that page and my regular page. Im currently reading every `vehicle repair for dummies` to bone up for the mechanical aspect!! LOL.
Allie and Neil page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/korpesio.korpesio?ref=ts
My regular page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=670895220

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


flchurchlady
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 6/18/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations!! yeah I'm so excited for you and will be cheering you on from Southwest Florida!

Cecilia

P.S. - I just sent you Facebook friend requests. :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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