Sarah Brocker’s posts

Sarah Brocker

About Sarah Brocker

Hi my name is Sarah Brocker and I have Crohn's Disease. I've got 8 scars and am missing two feet of intestines and my life isn't normal, but whose life is normal? I want to use my experiences to help you, even if it means sharing embarrassing experiences. I am also looking to break the stigmas associated with IBD in order to make living with IBD just a little bit easier. All I want to do is help, so please, let ME help YOU!

Finding your Silver Lining

29Dec

Hello again! It has been quite awhile since my last post. I started a new job in June and have been enjoying the challenge of learning my new position while balancing my health! I’m still not sure what that balance … Continue reading

  

Singing Along to the Radio

9Jun

Have you ever tried turning the volume down on the radio while you are singing along? If you haven’t, you should go try it. It’s hard to remember all the words right? or stay on beat right? Sure you can … Continue reading

  

I'm Just Stubborn

26May

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When people ask me how I made it through college, I have a variety of answers. I tell them it was through God’s providence and my amazing support system and that I wouldn’t have made it without my friends.  I … Continue reading

  

IT CATCHES UP WITH YOU

21Apr

This post is written by Karen Brocker, my mom, about what it is like to have a daughter with a chronic illness. When you live with a chronic disease you sometimes become accustomed to dealing with serious, even scary,  health issues.  This becomes … Continue reading

  

I see , I remember and I PANIC!

2Apr

Another Blog post by Karen Brocker about what it is like to have a daughter with a Chronic Illness. Sarah spends most of her time at school. So when I am with her I am reminded, in a very real … Continue reading

  

Finding ability through my disability

27Mar

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How are you disabled? Someone asked me the other day, “not to be offensive, but how you are considered disabled, I mean I get why someone in a wheelchair is disabled, but I don’t see you as disabled…?” I understand … Continue reading

  

Call In The Troops

25Mar

This post is written by Karen Brocker about what it is like to have a daughter with a chronic illness. I got off the phone with a heavy heart. My daughter is suffering and I don’t know the answers to … Continue reading

  

My New Friend

19Mar

This blog post is written by Karen Brocker.  She writes about what it is like to have a daughter with a chronic illness. When I heard that John was retiring I was in explicably saddened.  What would  I do without John?  … Continue reading

  

My Catch 22 Disease

17Mar

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Ever heard of a catch 22? Well according to Urbandictionary.com, a catch 22 is  “Also known as a vicious cycle – two or more conditions require the other conditions to be fulfilled, but these other conditions also require the original … Continue reading

  

We can’t fix it but we can sure try!

12Mar

Enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life. If you are a parent of a chronically ill child you know the … Continue reading

  

DripDrop: Great Tasting Oral ReHydration Solution

10Mar

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As a responsible blogger,  I want to let everyone know that this product was provided to me free of charge to try.  All opinion expressed are my honest assessment of the product and I have not been paid to say … Continue reading

  

Hurry up and WAIT

5Mar

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Enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life. Part of living with an illness is learning how to WAIT.   We WAIT … Continue reading

  

What to Expect with a CT Enteroclysis

3Mar

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No this is not mine, mine is all screwed up! But you gotta admit this is cool! Friday I had my least favorite test in the world performed.  Well actually it was a double doozie because I had a colonoscopy … Continue reading

  

EXTRA ARMOR PLEASE

24Feb

My mom will be posting once a week throughout February, so enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life. Sarah has … Continue reading

  

I'm not a Pessimist

19Feb

Being a realist is not the same as being a pessimist.  In fact, it makes me kind of angry when people tell me I am being pessimistic about my illness.  There are certain things that I say and do that … Continue reading

  

We Need a Vacation

17Feb

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My mom will be posting once a week throughout February, so enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life. I’m really … Continue reading

  

My Unlovable Insides

15Feb

Ever heard the saying, “I love the person I am, because I fought to become her?”   True, I have fought so hard. But what happens when you don’t love who you are? And I don’t mean loving yourself in … Continue reading

  

A Hard Hitting Disease for Everyone

13Feb

Sometimes I forget how hard it is for people to be in my life. I forget that me being sick is hard on other people as well as hard on me.  Maybe it is because it hurts me to know … Continue reading

  

I’ve Been Hit…

10Feb

My mom will be posting once a week throughout February, so enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life. Crohns is … Continue reading

  

A Google Diagnosis

5Feb

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The Wonderful Internet: The Internet is a wonderful thing and it can provide loads of helpful information, but what happens when all of sudden you have a new symptom and the Internet can give you all of the potential causes, … Continue reading

  

Mom’s Corner:  My Special  Paranoia

3Feb

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My mom will be posting once a week throughout February, so enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life. Most parents … Continue reading

  

A Weighty Issue

29Jan

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Do you see what I see? Weight, What? I am a total Type A, perfectionist, always striving to be and look my best.  But what does that mean for my appearance since I’m so sick? Society tells me that thin … Continue reading

  

I Just Feel Bad?

27Jan

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So right now I just do not feel good.  My mom asked me how I didn’t feel good and I actually can’t explain it.   I am not more nauseous than normal and I am not in excessive pain, but … Continue reading

  

One Size Does Not Fit All

22Jan

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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 … Continue reading

  

Am I Insane?

20Jan

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  Clinically Insane.  The definition of insane is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time.  By this definition, I am clinically insane.  Want to know why?  Because I keep trying to eat, sometimes it … Continue reading

  

Cheers to the Future

15Jan

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There are certain moments in life that make all the hard work worth it.  It’s like reaching the top of the mountain (I imagine since I’ve never actually climbed one) or finishing a big race (once again, only speculation).  Yesterday … Continue reading

  

You Can Just Call me Vanquish

13Jan

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If there was one thing that I wished people understood about Crohns Disease, it’s that just because I do not look or act sick, DOES NOT mean I am not sick.  I could very easily look sick every day and complain every … Continue reading

  

There is Food Everywhere!

8Jan

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First off, my apologies for being so behind on writing.  The Christmas season was a blur of vacations and family gatherings.  It has been wonderful, but incredibly busy. There was one slight hitch in my holiday festivities: I CAN’T EAT. … Continue reading

  

My College LifeSavers

6Jan

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Yesterday I had my last first day of college.  While the day was a tad bitter-sweet, I couldn’t help but be amazed that I’ve made it this far. It is crazy everything I have been through in college.  To be … Continue reading

  

When Strong is the Only Choice

2Jan

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Enjoying the Florida sun without having to have my port accessed!   What did I learn this past year?  This question keeps running through my mind, yet I am having a hard time finding an answer.   I know I … Continue reading

  

A Mother's Perspective: A New Normal

5Dec

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Me & my Mom on our recent trip to Nashville over Thanksgiving *This Blog Post is written by my mom Karen Brocker about what it is like to have a child grow up chronically ill.  Thanks Mom! When Sarah was … Continue reading

  

#FightingFierce: IBD Awareness Week

2Dec

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Everyday I am Fighting on the Inside BUT Fierce on the Outside.  I refuse to give up and I refuse to give in to my disease.  My life with Crohns makes each day an uphill battle, BUT it has also … Continue reading

  

Chronically Bonded as Friends for Life

1Dec

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Being chronically ill can make it difficult to make and maintain friends. With being in and out of the hospital, limited time and energy, and a very unusual life, I have always wondered how me being sick affects how my … Continue reading

  

When Stress becomes Distress

20Nov

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Stress causes your body’s endocrine, nervous, physical systems to react. All of these responses stem from your, autonomic nervous system (ANS). Your ANS is a network of nerves reaching out from your spinal cord to every organ in your body. … Continue reading

  

Why You Should Care

17Nov

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“The information from your blog has helped me relate to people who are battling sickness, are affected by a loved one who is battling, or an individual who has overcome and beaten their disease or illness.” – Bryan Why should … Continue reading

  

My Broken Puzzle Pieces

13Nov

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Life is a balancing act.  Everyone has to balance their time, money, energy, relationships, and goals.  Everyone’s balance looks different depending on what is important to them.   But inherent in the definition of balance is the idea of having … Continue reading

  

Say Again

11Nov

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I feel like writing something that is funny, but I am not really a funny person, and I know that, so instead, I am going to write about things other people have said that are funny! How am I going … Continue reading

  

Keeping your Sh*t a Secret

6Nov

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When you go to the bathroom as many times as I do a day, you learn some tips and tricks to avoiding potentially embarrassing situations when taking crap.  So here are some of my most prizes tips to to avoiding … Continue reading

  

Come Back Food

4Nov

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Last Thursday I walked to the mailroom to pick up my box of IV nutrition.  When I got there, the box was heavier than normal and my heart sank and my mind started spinning… Heavier box = more TPN = … Continue reading

  

Ridding Yourself of Unwanted Acne

30Oct

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Researched, tested and proven at home treatments that I have developed for Acne and Acne Scars. I have never had a problem with acne, but for some reason, this new medicine I am on, Entyvio, has given me acne in … Continue reading

  

Was it Something I Said?

28Oct

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Interviewing can be nerve-racking for everyone.  Saying the right thing, avoiding saying the wrong thing, and making yourself seem awesome.  But as I search for jobs for after graduation, I am faced with an interesting dilemma.  Do I mention my … Continue reading

  

Be the Coolest Pooper on the Block–Poo Pourri Review

24Oct

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Warning: This Blog post will contain explicit material, but you are going to want to continue reading anyways because I will be talking about poop in a highly entertaining manner! I have a riddle and I encourage you to delve deep … Continue reading

  

It Takes Two to Tango

21Oct

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This isn’t a normal blog post for me, but I believe that I have a rather unique perspective on the issue of dating. Therefore, this post is written to women and men everywhere, but especially the ones who claim that … Continue reading

  

Attention: Out of Order

17Oct

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Someone the other day, told me I need to really delve into how I feel and share that with my readers.  And it’s true.  Emotions and real life experiences make a person relatable to others! But for me, right now, sharing … Continue reading

  

Bathrooms are Awkward for Everyone

15Oct

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-Some Crohns Patients use the bathroom upwards of 20 to 30 times a day during a flare- Long Car Rides: Too many Bathroom Breaks So this past weekend was my fall break and my mom and I traveled to Wisconsin … Continue reading

  

Boom Goes the Dynamite

9Oct

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“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” -Fitzgerald Think back to the last time an unexpected crisis affected you and how you felt at that point in time.   Maybe a family member got sick and/or died, … Continue reading

  

Making the most of New Prescriptions

7Oct

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Know the ins and outs of all your medications.  Starting a new medication can be both exciting and scary.  A new medication brings the hope of remission.  It can also bring the fear of another failed drug and sometimes even … Continue reading

  

Forever is a Very Long Time

2Oct

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There are very few things in life that truly last forever, you can change how you look, you can change partners, people die and families change, you can change your personality, and you can fall in and out of love. … Continue reading

  

Packing for the Hospital

30Sep

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Last week I found myself heading to the hospital mid-afternoon, and although I was not completely surprised, I had not packed for the hospital at all. In fact I had brought business casual clothing, makeup and hair accessories in order … Continue reading

  

Are you Comfortable with being Abnormal?

18Sep

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“To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity” William Arthur Ward To the average observer, I look normal.  I look like the the average college student: in a sorority, serving … Continue reading

  

To the World that Hears without Listening

15Jun

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Words words words.  Everyone wants me to talk about how I am feeling, to share how it feels to be ill. To explain to them why I feel the way that I do, and they want me to use words … Continue reading

  

A Climb to Remember

30May

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Two weekends ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Intense Intestines Foundation 3rd annual rock climb event!  I was both nervous and excited about the trip, but lets me honestly, I was mostly just excited!I had never flown … Continue reading

  

My imPORTant Tanning Problem

26Apr

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So since it’s spring break, and I can’t actually go any where near the water because of my port, I decided I was going to tan at home.   Simple enough for the most part, but for starters, I was … Continue reading

  

My imPORTant Tanning Problem

26Apr

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So since it’s spring break, and I can’t actually go any where near the water because of my port, I decided I was going to tan at home.   Simple enough for the most part, but for starters, I was … Continue reading

  

Conceal don’t Feel

24Apr

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.   It’s been a long time since I’ve really thought or let myself feel about being sick. When things get too much for me to handle, I do this thing called “survival … Continue reading

  

Conceal don’t Feel

24Apr

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.   It’s been a long time since I’ve really thought or let myself feel about being sick. When things get too much for me to handle, I do this thing called “survival … Continue reading

  

How to get a Massage with a Port!

6Mar

Can you get a massage with an accessed portacath?  This is the question I kept asking myself over the past couple months.   I get so stressed with school and being sick, that sometimes I just really need a massage, … Continue reading

  

How to get a Massage with a Port!

6Mar

Can you get a massage with an accessed portacath?  This is the question I kept asking myself over the past couple months.   I get so stressed with school and being sick, that sometimes I just really need a massage, … Continue reading

  

Knock Out Panties Night-Tee Review

3Mar

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KnockOut Panties Night-Tee from knockoutpanties.com Okay so lets be real for a second, when you are living with a Chronic Illness, night sweats are just something that you learn to live with.   When I am flaring, I have night … Continue reading

  

A Complicated Question

24Feb

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For someone with a Chronic Illness, “how are you” is a complicated question.  In a split second, you have to analyze how much the person cares.   Because with a chronic illness, you aren’t just good, fine or okay.  Each … Continue reading

  

A Complicated Question

24Feb

For someone with a Chronic Illness, “how are you” is a complicated question.  In a split second, you have to analyze how much the person cares.   Because with a chronic illness, you aren’t just good, fine or okay.  Each … Continue reading

  

I don't like to feel Pathetic

19Feb

I have this unbelievable fear of overreacting to a symptom.  For some reason, I am terrified that one of these days, I am going to make a big deal out of a symptom that turns out to be nothing.   … Continue reading

  

I don't like to feel Pathetic

19Feb

I have this unbelievable fear of overreacting to a symptom.  For some reason, I am terrified that one of these days, I am going to make a big deal out of a symptom that turns out to be nothing.   … Continue reading

  

Combatting Lifeless Hair

14Feb

When I get sick, my whole body gets sick, including my hair. During flares, my hair tends to become very thin and hard to manage.  Therefor, I have developed some simple tips to help combat thin, limp and brittle hair! … Continue reading

  

Combatting Lifeless Hair

14Feb

When I get sick, my whole body gets sick, including my hair. During flares, my hair tends to become very thin and hard to manage.  Therefor, I have developed some simple tips to help combat thin, limp and brittle hair! … Continue reading

  

Going…Going…Gone

11Feb

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So I don’t like to cry.  At all.  In fact when I cry I often feel weak and I know that isn’t the case, but I really really don’t like to cry. Plus sometimes when I cry, I can’t stop … Continue reading

  

Going…Going…Gone

11Feb

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So I don’t like to cry.  At all.  In fact when I cry I often feel weak and I know that isn’t the case, but I really really don’t like to cry. Plus sometimes when I cry, I can’t stop … Continue reading

  

Well What-If I wasn't sick….

7Feb

Today’s video deals with the dangers of asking What-If….We all do it at times, but what we don’t realize is that asking “what if” is actually harmful to us!  So check out my video as I give an alternative to … Continue reading

  

Well What-If I wasn't sick….

7Feb

Today’s video deals with the dangers of asking What-If….We all do it at times, but what we don’t realize is that asking “what if” is actually harmful to us!  So check out my video as I give an alternative to … Continue reading

  

Can't Catch a Break

4Feb

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Do you ever just feel like you can’t catch a break with your health?  That one thing after another goes wrong with your body and there is nothing you can do to stop it?  Well that is how I feel … Continue reading

  

Tips that Make Not Eating Easier

29Jan

Ever been on a liquid or supplemental diet for your IBD, or been on TPN, like me and not been able to eat anything?  Well it sucks!  So here are 5 tips that I have developed of the last 14 … Continue reading

  

The Lesser of Two Evils

26Jan

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So as some of you know, for the past 4 weeks or so I have been experiences headaches and vision problems.  I went to the ER two weeks ago to have an MRV, which is different from an MRI, done … Continue reading

  

Translation: You look like Crap

15Jan

Ever had someone tell you that you look tired?  How did that make you feel? Uh it probably kind of made you feel like crap.  Ya if you didn’t feel like crap before, you definitely did after.  Now imagine always … Continue reading

  

Packing with an Illness

7Jan

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Being sick makes moving around so incredibly complicated.  Not only because I feel crappy, but because I have to lug all my medical equipment with me wherever I go.  For me, whenever I travel overnight, I have to have my … Continue reading

  

Be Your Own Advocate

4Jan

Going into a doctor’s appointment can be entirely overwhelming.  They use big words and talk a lot, and in general. when people use big words, I just smile and nod.  But when you are at the doctors, you can’t just … Continue reading

  

My Year in Review

1Jan

This past year was extremely difficult for me.  I had three surgeries, stayed about 2 months in the hospital and had 2 PICC lines and now a portacath.  Being sick is hard, but learning to “dance in the rain” and … Continue reading

  

Health Update on TPN

22Dec

I haven’t been writing much lately because I don’t really have anything to write.   I’ve been on TPN for almost 3 weeks and haven’t seen any significant improvements.  In fact in some ways I seem to be getting worse. … Continue reading

  

I am a Ninja

19Dec

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I do not want your sympathy.  I can’t speak for others with Irritable Bowel Disease, but I know personally, that I do not want sympathy.  Even worse than sympathy is pity.   Why would I want you to pity me, … Continue reading