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   Posted 11/20/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It's that time of year when we can sit back and reflect on our lives.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our health that we tend to forget what truly matters in our lives.  So tell me 5 things that you are grateful for - no talk of Uc or other health troubles.  This thread is to get your mind off your Uc for a little while and remember that things aren't as bad as it may seem and to appreciate the GOOD things you have. 
I am thankful for:
1) Having a wonderful loving husband who understands things and tries his hardest to make things right.  We have been married for 19 years but together for 22 years.  He is an awesome provider for his family and has a GREAT sense of humor.
2) My 2 children!  My son is 17 and is the most level headed teenager I have ever met.  He also has the best sense of humor and can make me laugh no matter the circumstance.  My daughter is 13 and even though she has given me some grief in the past, I love her dearly and she loves me as much.  She also has that great personality that anyone can love.
3) My husbands wonderful family.  They have helped us so much in the past with many things and I know how my hubby got his wonderful sense of humor - definately from his wacky family!
4) My friends.  I have 3 really great friends who I have known for 20+ years.  They have been with me thru thick and thin - have always stood by my side.
5) My husband still having a job!! I know times are very hard right now, so I'm extremely grateful he is still working (though don't know for how long since he works at Ford!).
Ok, now it's your turn.  Tell us what you are thankful for!
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   Posted 11/20/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, I have so much to be thankful for! I have a terrific family, many good friends who have seen me through thick and thin, and one special person who has rocked my world with his love. Also have a good job, and although my special guy was just furloughed from his job, we are still thankful to be making it through life together. It tends to remind us that people are important, not things. So, on that note...Happy Holidays to all! ;-)


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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am thankful for my wonderful friends and family
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)

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   Posted 11/20/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   

What a great idea!

I am thankful for many things as well.....but I will pick my top 5.

1) Still being in the Air National Guard after almost 14 years, and serving proud!

2)Finding this forum (its not about the disease :) and realizing there are people out there that go through what I go through

3) My fiance....I think he must be a saint. He puts up with me and my bolgna, and still loves me and wants to marry me.

4) My family. They really are great and funny.

5) My kitties. They are always the first to make me feel better and they listen so well wink

Happy Holidays!!!

Misdiagnosed with Diverticulitis in 2002
Diagnosed with moderate UC in 2002
Still serving 14 years in the Air National Guard
Colozal 750mgx3, 3 times a day
Prenatal vitamin
3000mg Fish Oil
Rowasa enemas as needed

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   Posted 11/20/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
1. My family! Especially my mom. The last couple months have been really hard and she's been there for me

2. That my sister in law in pregnant! They miscarried 4 times and this baby is a miracle and I can't wait to be an auntie again!

3. That gas is so cheap! lol In MN its around $1.79 and that's nice for a college kid who comes home every weekend
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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   Posted 11/20/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Here are my 5 ---

1.  That at 68 I am alive and kicking!!

2.  Wonderful husband who supports me even when fighting his own battle with cancer.

3.  Grandchildren - wish I could see them more

4.  Other family including my 95 year old Dad and friends!!

5.  Penny - my shizu/poodle - what a friend and she is blind!

ANd you guys!

Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol

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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with so many of you!

My top 5
1. Family and friends. They are amazing for all they have been though with me. My husband may qualify for sainthood. Also, I have the best parents ever!
2. I'm gonna say family just one more time. That also includes my dog who kept me company for the two years I was home sick.
3. Being a teacher. I can't believe they pay me for doing what I love. I would've just taken the insurance.
4. INSURANCE!!!!!!!
5. Remicade. I know without it I wouldn't have a colon.
Kelly, 30, suburbs of Chicago, IL

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion

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   Posted 11/20/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
1. My awesome hubby!! We've been together for 10 years, married for 8. He really is my best friend. He works so hard and is such a wonderful provider.

2. My beautiful daughter. She is almost 6 and in kindergarten. I love seeing her learn and grow. She makes me so happy and is so funny!

3. The rest of my family and my inlaws. At times they drive me nuts but they really do care and are wonderful people.

4. My DH losing his job last year! lol. The reason this is good is because he started his own company and it's doing really well despite the *wonderful* economy we're living in right now! :)

5. My home! We built our home 3 years ago and I love it. I love where we live and where my daughter goes to school. With the way things worked out with DH's old job, there was a fear of having to sell our home. I'm glad things are going well and we're able to make things work out.
Female, Age 37
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Sacchromyces Boulardii 

Mommy pooh
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so thankful for:

1. My husband and daughter. We're living the life we talked and dreamed about in high-school. We've been together 11 years and married 4 and a half. He has the job he always wanted and I get to be a stay-at-home mom. We are so thankful that we got the little girl we always dreamed of before my UC flared so bad I had to start 6MP.

2. My family who babysits and helps in every way they can despite their busy schedules. Especially my sister.

3. The fact that I was able to know 3 of my great-grandmothers. My husband never knew any extended family and they had all passed away by the time he was old enough to remember. Those 3 ladies were strong widows that continued to run family businesses and raise families. I love strong independant women. Right now my daughter has all 4 of her great-grandmothers still alive.

4. That my grandparents are in their late 70s and in great health. We still travel to their house every holiday just like when we were kids. I love tradition. My grandpa still makes pancakes on Christmas morning and my grandma decorates anything you can sit something on. I know one day that will change and we'll have to make new traditions, but I am thankful that for now, my daughter gets to enjoy time with them.

5. I am so thankful to be in remission. After my first flare, I was healthy for so long (and a pregnancy) that my doctor and I thought maybe it wasn't UC and stopped all meds. Three months later I had a bad flare that we just got under control this summer. I am thankful for all of my family members being in good health.
  • 25 years old, married, Mommy to 22 mo. old 
  • Ulcerative Colitis since Sept. 2004
    • 1st flare Sept-Nov 2004
    • 2nd flare Aug. 2007-July 08 
  • Currently taking:75mg 6MP, 4 Lialda, Digestive Advantage Chrons/Colitis, Loestrin 24, and allergy shots once a month 
  • Past meds: Pred., Entocort, Dipentum, Asacol, and Canassa
  • 10/6/08 Found a 1cm kidney stone in right kidney.  Had the stone blasted and passed the fragments.


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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! This is hard, but a good topic. What I'm thankful for......

1) A wonderful, loving, supportive, and protective husband who has been there for me since before our dating years. Which goes back to 2002.
2) My job with supportive co-workers who understand me.
3) A wonderful family I married into 3 1/2 years ago. My husbands family is so wonderful I get to call his parents Mom and Dad, and his brothers call me sis.
4) I guess this ties into #2, but.... I am thankful for my kids at my work. They are good kids who always run up to me every morning an give me hugs.
5) This one to me is BIG. I am thankful for my husband getting very close to finishing College. He graduates in December of 2009. smilewinkgrin
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 11/20/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmm life in general.
27y old male. Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
Current daily treatment:                             Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                       Digestive enzymes
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Prilosec                                              VSL#3 probiotic 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads,alcohol. Stay natural as possible. A not so strict form of the SCD.  
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 11/21/2008 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Great topic...

I'm thankful for

God & my church

Family: husband & 2 awesome sons

getting to stay home with my kids


my home


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 11/21/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I am thankful for my God, my Jim (dh), my children and grandchildren, my parents and the rest of my family. I am also thankful for my health and a supportive husband. I am thankful that I can go outside and breath the fresh air and look up into the heavens! Even when I'm at the worst part of a flare, I am thankful that I can get up every morning and live life! I am thankful that I am able to clean house! and cook! and do laundry!

I am thankful for all that my sister, Pam, taught me before she went home. The biggest thing she taught me was to relish in life no matter what because we are just here for a short time. I am thankful for Ronnie, my brother-in-law who re-inforced that lesson to me, before he too went home.

Live life, laugh often, and relish in it - smell that rose and be thankful - eat that piece of chocolate cake and savor the flavor!

And THANK YOU, HEALING WELL, for all the love and support you continually give to me and to so many others.

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

Elite Member

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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Aww that is so sweet everyone! Now doesn't that just give you the warm fuzzies??? :)
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   Posted 11/23/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Someone once said that a life fulfilled has 3 elements: someone to love, something to do and something to hope for.

I think that is the ultimate model of what you need in life, with one addition, ......Manchester United!!!!!!

Probiotics and maintenance 5ASA's in rectal form
"Whatever you do in life don't berate yourself too much nor contragulate yourself too much. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody elses'"

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   Posted 11/23/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
As a Canadian, we've already celebrated our thanks giving last month, but I'd like to say I'm still thankful for every moment I don't have to be on the toilet, and of course family, friends and all the wonderful things that I do have in my life...

Hope you all enjoy a fantastic thanks giving and can all indulge in your dinner.

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

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   Posted 11/23/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm grateful for friends, family, God and Internet! hehe, I'm grateful too for the nearly three years I was on remission, I enjoyed it I look forward to being in remission again :)
Peter, 21. Puerto Rico
DX: Ulcerative Colitis as of 06/05
Remissions: Remission: 01/06 till 10/08
Current Treament: Asacol 2400 MG 2X daily, Rowasa nightly, 1MG Folic Acid, 40 MG Prednisone, Remicade, New ChapterĀ® Multivitamin, New ChapterĀ® All-Flora Probiotics, Dolomite Calcium Supplement
Status: Flare!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 11/23/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Family, friends, cats, trees, doctors, medications, good food, having a job with really good health insurance, books, yoga, ballet, tea, hikes in the woods, Merlot, music, humor, making amends, moving on, getting a new president in January, and all of you. =)

Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

Old Hat
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   Posted 11/23/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My country with its shining new President-elect, my family, my inquiring mind, my education, my health insurance, my gastro, and some very fine neighbors, plus FM radio, CDs & DVDs, and The New Yorker (magazine), and the Internet, most definitely. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 11/27/2008 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm thankful for a wonderful marriage to an incredible husband. It's great to be married to your best friend. I'm thankful for 3 terrific, HEALTHY kids and 3 silly, strange cats who make us laugh. I'm thankful for all the other usuals...a roof over our heads, warm beds to sleep in, etc.
Although I make Thanksgiving dinner at other times during the year, this is the first time in many years that I am hosting Thanksgiving. We usually head to PA to visit my husband's family. This year, they are coming here (my MIL died in August so my SIL and family are visiting the families on LI). I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner!
Bratcat is doing great. She no longer has near misses (or oops I got to the toilet a second too late!). She's been out and about with us this past week. She can go many hours without thinking about where the bathroom is. Sometimes she feels a little butt burn but nothing like she experienced right after she started eating solids. She goes back to school on Monday (and is almost looking forward to it). Her scar is healing nicely. It doesn't really hurt. She loves Thanksgiving and the past 2 years she had been coming out of her flare at this time so she didn't have much of an appetite and was very cautious about eating. This year she is ready to take it on!  
I'm so sorry that Bratcat was diagnosed with UC and nonamejames was diagnosed with Chrons but in many ways, it has made us stronger. And it brought us to this incredible forum with the smartest, sweetest FINMY (friends I've never met yet).
--Mom of bratcat (17 years old) and nonamejames (19 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Flared Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Asacol, Rowasa, hydrocortisone enemas, prednisone, 6-mp, Remicade
7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery and no more meds!
11/10/08-Step 2 reconnect!
Son nonamejames was diagnosed with Crohns in Spring 2008
Asacol, Pentasa, 6-mp

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   Posted 11/27/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
^Bennie, I'm glad that bratcat is doing so well! That's great that she doesn't have to worry about the bathroom even just a couple weeks after surgery. (I thought most people had large amounts of BMs after takedown for weeks)

I'm thankful for my parents and brother, health insurance, understanding doctors, tv, music, HW, and the president-elect.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (5 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement

UC Mom
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   Posted 11/30/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Dearest Bennie. I am so happy for you and Bratcat:) You have been through so much. My son is in total remission thanks to 6mp. I want to pinch myself. When our kids are good, we are good. Congratulations and have a wonderful holiday, and happy 2009 a little early!!!!
UC Mom
Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
6MP 100 mg. per day
Vitamin Supplements

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 12/1/2008 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
These are the five things that Im VERY thankful for: (Seriously, im crying when im writing this)

1. My mom, who's hoping that in the future i will be cured. She always do things that she thinks that will heal my illness. Right now, she always wakes up in the morning to make me vegetable juice. She believes that it will help me in some liitle way. But she's right it makes me feel better..

2. My two sisters, who understands me always. Even im moody always, because most of the time im not feeling well.

3. My few friends and co-religion that knows my illness.

4. My officemates that understands my situation so they give way to me, for having a day time shift only.

5. My job, which is not that stressfull and demading.
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"

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   Posted 12/1/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I am thankful for:
My kids are smart and healthy
My husband is loving and supportive
My home is warm and comfortable
I have a car and plenty of food on the table
I have lived through so much and am now in a position to help others who are going through tough times
Tressa 35 (F) in WNY
UC w/skip lesions & stomach ulcers
Asacol 12/day, prilosec twice/day, Canasa as needed

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Total Posts : 385
   Posted 12/15/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am thankful for having my health back!  100% completely healthy
Pharmacy Student, Class of 2009.  Diagnosed 8/99.  Suffered for almost 10 years.  I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission.  I feel fantastic!    I have lost so many years to this disease.  I decided to become a pharmacist to understand these drugs, and to help fellow sufferers of IBD.  My goal is to open up a pharmacy and take care of my patients(particularly explaining what the drugs do to you), compound special medications, and have a great practice. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE SCD DIET? IT HAS PUT ME IN REMISSION AND I PLAN ON GETTING OFF THE ASACOL SOON TOO!  (In remission since 2/15/08)
Meds 3200 mg Asacol, 2.5 mg Prednisone.  Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications!  For me, diet works...

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