A lot of people look at me and say 'I didn't know you had Crohn's'. IBD is not something that always shows outwardly. I may not 'look sick' but there is a battle going on inside of me daily. Having Crohn's has taught me to not be quick to judge anyone- they may be struggling with more issues than you realize. In fact, 1 in 200 people have Irritable Bowel Disease. That's A LOT of people who struggle, often in silence.
This week is IBD Awareness week and I am excited that I get to raise awareness for a cause that is close to my heart and a cause that so many people have a fear of speaking out about.
I have had Crohn's since I was 14. I have been on medications from Remicade to prednisone to 6MP. My body has been through so many ups and downs and my journey continues today. I am one of the lucky ones with IBD who hasn't had to have surgery as of yet. For having the disease for over 10 years that's pretty darn remarkable! I'm knocking on wood, that's for sure!
Some of the complications I have experienced from my disease include infertility, multiple miscarriages, depression, anxiety, and more. IBD can be a brutal disease. When I have a flare it can lay me out for a day, a week, a month, or even longer.
It's hard to explain to people what you feel like when you have Crohn's symptoms. The best way I describe how I feel to my husband is that it's like 'you've been hit by a semi-truck'. And that's no joke.
Although this disease is a large part of my every day life, I choose to OVERCOME it. I choose to let it make me STRONGER. I choose to FIGHT through the hard times and make the BEST of my circumstances. I look at my disease as a BLESSING in disguise.
Each day that I have on this earth is a chance to learn and grow and help those around me see life through POSITIVE eyes. My change of attitude over the last couple of years has made living with Crohn's SO much easier!
Even though I still struggle with my disease from time to time, I am med-free and feel better than I have in YEARS. A large part of that is because I choose to dial in on my nutrition and fitness. That completely changed everything. My mental health also has been a large focus and that has helped heal my body as well.
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