One-Size-Fits-All Myth: There are very few things in life that are truly one-size-fits-all. Actually the only clothing item that is coming to mind that actually works that way is a scarf.
When I am in a store and they claim that a shirt or a dress is one size fits all, I almost want to laugh. Like really? What they really means is that 10% of the population fits into the item, but it definitely is not going to fit everyone. Even more ridiculous is the idea that it is going to look good on everyone…
No Magical Medicine: So maybe what I wrote above made you chuckle because you could identify with the laughable idea that one-size-fits-all when it comes to clothing. However, what confounds me, is that people sometimes treat Crohns like it should be one-size-fits-all. In fact, there have been times when people have told me if I just did ‘X’, ‘Y’ and Z, I could cure my Crohns forever.
It is just not that Simple: I know that these suggestions come from a good place. That people are trying to help. There are even times when I take other peoples suggestions, but to be frank if getting rid of my disease was as easy as not eating this or taking that supplement, I would be better by now.
I have done gluten free and dairy free diets. I have tried elemental shakes, with no food, and been on TPN both with and without food. I have tried Humira, Cimzia, Methotrexate, Imuran, Prednison, Stellara, Tysabri and am currently on Entyvio. Although there are certain medications and diets that help most people, that doesn’t mean that those are going to help everyone; Crohns is just not a one-size-fits-all disease.
Suggestions are always welcome: Now don’t take this the wrong way. Suggestions are always welcome and appreciated, but for me there does not seem to be a magical medicine that works wonders for my body. I try each new medicine and diet with the hope that it’ll be the one to change everything, but to this point, nothing has worked. But i’ll keep trying and smiling each day until I do find the right thing for me in my not so normal life.