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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!

Sarah Brocker

29 Dec

Finding your Silver Lining

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 …

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9 Jun

Singing Along to the Radio

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 …

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Sarah Brocker

26 May

I'm Just Stubborn

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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 …

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21 Apr

IT CATCHES UP WITH YOU

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 …

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2 Apr

I see , I remember and I PANIC!

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 …

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Sarah Brocker

27 Mar

Finding ability through my disability

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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 …

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25 Mar

Call In The Troops

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 …

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19 Mar

My New Friend

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?¬† …

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Sarah Brocker

17 Mar

My Catch 22 Disease

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

12 Mar

We can’t fix it but we can sure try!

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 …

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10 Mar

DripDrop: Great Tasting Oral ReHydration Solution

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

5 Mar

Hurry up and WAIT

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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 …

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3 Mar

What to Expect with a CT Enteroclysis

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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 …

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24 Feb

EXTRA ARMOR PLEASE

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 …

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19 Feb

I'm not a Pessimist

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 …

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17 Feb

We Need a Vacation

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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 …

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15 Feb

My Unlovable Insides

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 …

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13 Feb

A Hard Hitting Disease for Everyone

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 …

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Sarah Brocker

10 Feb

I’ve Been Hit…

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 …

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5 Feb

A Google Diagnosis

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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, …

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3 Feb

Mom’s Corner:¬† My Special¬† Paranoia

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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 …

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29 Jan

A Weighty Issue

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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 …

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27 Jan

I Just Feel Bad?

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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 …

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22 Jan

One Size Does Not Fit All

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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 …

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20 Jan

Am I Insane?

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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 …

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Sarah Brocker

15 Jan

Cheers to the Future

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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 …

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13 Jan

You Can Just Call me Vanquish

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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 …

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8 Jan

There is Food Everywhere!

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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. …

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6 Jan

My College LifeSavers

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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 …

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2 Jan

When Strong is the Only Choice

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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 …

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5 Dec

A Mother's Perspective: A New Normal

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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 …

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2 Dec

#FightingFierce: IBD Awareness Week

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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 …

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1 Dec

Chronically Bonded as Friends for Life

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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 …

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20 Nov

When Stress becomes Distress

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Stress causes your body‚Äôs 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. …

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17 Nov

Why You Should Care

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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 …

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13 Nov

My Broken Puzzle Pieces

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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 …

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11 Nov

Say Again

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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 …

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6 Nov

Keeping your Sh*t a Secret

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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 …

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4 Nov

Come Back Food

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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 = …

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30 Oct

Ridding Yourself of Unwanted Acne

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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 …

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28 Oct

Was it Something I Said?

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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 …

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24 Oct

Be the Coolest Pooper on the Block–Poo Pourri Review

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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 …

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21 Oct

It Takes Two to Tango

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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 …

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17 Oct

Attention: Out of Order

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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 …

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15 Oct

Bathrooms are Awkward for Everyone

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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 …

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9 Oct

Boom Goes the Dynamite

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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, …

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7 Oct

Making the most of New Prescriptions

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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 …

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2 Oct

Forever is a Very Long Time

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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. …

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30 Sep

Packing for the Hospital

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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 …

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18 Sep

Are you Comfortable with being Abnormal?

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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 …

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15 Jun

To the World that Hears without Listening

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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 …

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30 May

A Climb to Remember

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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 …

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26 Apr

My imPORTant Tanning Problem

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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 …

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26 Apr

My imPORTant Tanning Problem

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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 …

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24 Apr

Conceal don’t Feel

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 …

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24 Apr

Conceal don’t Feel

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 …

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6 Mar

How to get a Massage with a Port!

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, …

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6 Mar

How to get a Massage with a Port!

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, …

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3 Mar

Knock Out Panties Night-Tee Review

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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 …

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24 Feb

A Complicated Question

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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 …

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24 Feb

A Complicated Question

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 …

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19 Feb

I don't like to feel Pathetic

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. ¬† …

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19 Feb

I don't like to feel Pathetic

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. ¬† …

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14 Feb

Combatting Lifeless Hair

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! …

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14 Feb

Combatting Lifeless Hair

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! …

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11 Feb

Going…Going…Gone

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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 …

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11 Feb

Going…Going…Gone

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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 …

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7 Feb

Well What-If I wasn't sick….

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 …

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7 Feb

Well What-If I wasn't sick….

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 …

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4 Feb

Can't Catch a Break

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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 …

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29 Jan

Tips that Make Not Eating Easier

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 …

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26 Jan

The Lesser of Two Evils

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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 …

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15 Jan

Translation: You look like Crap

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 …

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7 Jan

Packing with an Illness

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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 …

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4 Jan

Be Your Own Advocate

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 …

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1 Jan

My Year in Review

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 …

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22 Dec

Health Update on TPN

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. …

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19 Dec

I am a Ninja

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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, …

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