Today is not only my 100th post, but it is my birthday!
I can’t believe another year has gone by, but I am so excited for this one to start!
I also can’t believe that I have done 100 posts on The Gut Gazette! I’ve been having so much fun in this “blog world”, reading other’s blogs and working on my own blog. I love the little community that exists in the “blog world”, it’s great to read of others journeys and learn new foods and recipes and tips that others find helpful.
Here is to a great year and 100+ more posts!
It has also been just over a year since I learned what the problem was with my gut, being Crohn’s disease. It has been somewhat of a good thing though, learning about what I have, as with that information I have been able to help myself live an easier life…eliminating certain foods, taking medications, going on vitamin supplements, making sure I don’t over do my exercise, but also making sure that I do exercise, and just listening to my body in general. I also know that I don’t have to worry when I’m feeling sick, as I know what it is. I have learned so much about Crohn’s in the past year, which has also been pretty cool, since a year ago I had no idea what IBD even was.
I think I have embraced having what I have. I used to be really shy about my gut issues, and didn’t like talking about them…but that was just really creating a downward spiral, as it was just negative energy, probably making me even more sick.
Now I’m really positive about it all, and have just accepted it as my new norm. I have been able to do this blog, which has been awesome, read up on IBD through books, the internet and other blogs, volunteered with the CCFC, talked to others who have Crohn’s through the CCFC’s IBD meetings and the support group I created at my school. I think that talking to others who are in the same boat as you is really important in healing, as it just makes you feel better about what you are going through and allows you to realize that you aren’t the only one going through it. Of course you can tell family and friends about your problems, but they just are not able to understand and relate the same way somebody with IBD can.
You can read about my “journey” in the article on the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation website (if you want), just click here!
I also think that it is really important to spread awareness about IBD, as not many people are really aware of it, or how much pain and discomfort one suffers on a daily basis.
IBD is so under the radar, that I only learned about a couple months ago that the colour purple represents Crohn’s disease. Now I have a purple “Know More” bracelet that is from the websitehttp://www.personalizedcause.com/. The website has every colour bracelet for pretty much every single cause there is.
If you, or someone you know has Crohn’s or you are just passionate about spreading the word about it, to create awareness and raise money in hopes to find a cure, I urge you to purchase one of these bracelets and wear them with pride 🙂