At the begining of my blogging, I wasn’t sure of the direction I was going to go with it. I knew I wanted it to be a blog to help others struggling with digestive disorders…but I just wasn’t sure of what I would write about. After doing much research and reading other’s blogs, I finally figured out that my blog would document my journey through Crohn’s and IBS and would include recipes, product reviews and helpful tips and practices that I have found helpful.
The Gut Gazette has come along way since April 25, 2009. It was quite boring looking and didn’t have much going on with it. With much experimenting and research, I have slowly been able to jazz it up and do things on it that I never knew I could do.
As tomorrow is the first day of 2010, I thought I would reflect on 9 things that have happened to me and The Gut Gazette in 2009.
(Even though the following two events occurred in 2008, I thought I would just reflect on it as part of my journey)
1) November 4, 2008: First colonoscopy – revealed 4 small ulcers in my small intestine
2) December 10 2008: Was prescribed Pentasa, under the presumption I was dealing with IBD
3) January 15 2009: First gastroscopy
4) January 23, 2009: First small barium follow through
5) February 10, 2009: Diagnosis of Crohn’s and IBS
6) February 17, 2009: Saw an Eastern Medical Practitioner who taught me about warm/cold foods and recommended the book Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
7) April: Began researching blogs, was inspired by Ashley from Dancing Through Life and Meghan from Making Love in the Kitchen who have both been able to control their Crohn’s through diet!
8) May: Started practicing yoga and began the warm diet (but I had already eliminated dairy, sugar, corn, tomatoes, alcohol, and caffeine for about almost two years) – took about 6 months to actually feel a difference with the warm diet.
9) December 30: I think that it is safe to say that after 3.5 years, I can finally say that I am in remission! For the past couple months I have felt so great!!! I feel like a new person. My gut hasn’t made me miss school or events and I haven’t had to curl up on the couch since October. I still deal with random pains now and then and my bowels still aren’t normal, but the knife stabbing pain has definitely subsided. Taking out gluten has been a huge step in the healing! My mood is also way better! Looking back, I was so grumpy and depressed when I was constantly feeling sick, but now I’m as happier as I have ever been, I also have way more energy now that I’m on a B12 and iron supplement. I can’t go a day without practicing yoga either, it’s helped me so much.
It’s funny that once things fall in place, opportunities arise and good things come into your life.
Since I have been feeling healthier, I have been able to start a Digestive Disorders Support Group and I have become a volunteer with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada for theHeel n’ Wheel A-Thon.
Life is a never ending journey, but I think that once you have skills set in place to help you get through the rough parts, situations become easier to handle.
I am so lucky to have such loving family and friends who have supported me through all my gut troubles and times of frustration, without them it would have been 10x more harder. I am also so fortunate to have family and friends that are understanding of my diet and what I have to go through. Having so much support and love has been a huge factor in my healing, and I thank everyone who has been so supportive towards me!
I’m really excited to begin a fresh start in 2010 with my new health and new outlook on life!
I’m looking forward to doing more product reviews in the new year, experimenting with new recipes, practicing yoga, figuring out new techniques in dealing with my digestive disorders, and meeting others who suffer the same.
Happy New Year everyone, and I wish you the best in 2010!