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A state in mourning

Tonight’s post will be short and unrelated to IBD.

Today, a horrific thing happened in my home state of Connecticut. This morning, a disturbed young man opened fire in an elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults. We don’t know why it happened or what caused him to kill these young children.

There are no words to adequately express how I feel about today’s shooting aside from saying that I am saddened by the loss and maddened by what occurred. I am not a mother so I cannot relate to the feeling of having a child. However, I do know that there is no worse feeling than losing a loved one, especially to circumstances beyond your control. I can only imagine how much worse it must feel to loose a young child to the insane actions of a madman.

My heart goes out to the families of those who died in today’s Newtown shooting. It aches for the children who died and also for their classmates who, at such a young age, witnessed such a gruesome sight. And my heart aches for the principal who died trying to protect her students.

I ask you all tonight to pray for the families of those who died in the shooting. Pray for their comfort, assistance, and the ability to cope with such massive grief. I ask you to pray for all the residents of the town of Newtown who had their picturesque New England town turned into a nightmare. And I ask you to pray for all the residents in Connecticut who are so saddened and grief stricken by this awful act of violence.

Tonight I will leave you with a snippet of President Obama’s remarks on the shooting.

So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

You can read the full text of the President’s remarks here.

December 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm Leave a comment

My Belated Gratitude Challenge

I found a blog recently written by a Crohnie called My Journey with Crohn’s. Sarah, the site’s author, recently did a week-long series on gratitude. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t find her blog sooner otherwise I totally would have participated.

Every day for one week, she posted five things that she is grateful for (in the spirit of Thanksgiving). On the last day, she also posted what some of her followers are grateful for. It’s such a great idea, given how unsettling and upsetting Crohn’s and UC can be, to think about gratitude and give thanks to the things that are good in your life.

That being said, while I won’t list 35 things that I am grateful for, I will do a short list here in the spirit of her series from last week.

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November 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Hurricane (or any storm) prep for IBD

If you’re like me, the past few days have been a haze of bad weather and destruction. Living on the eastern seaboard, in the past year we’ve had three major storms- two hurricanes and one blizzard. Each storm knocked us out of commission for days with no power and damage.

We were lucky- we neither lost power nor had any damage. But others weren’t as lucky. My heart goes out to all those who had their homes wrecked and ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

That brings me to today’s short post- preparing for a storm with IBD in mind.

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November 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Laughing your ass off

The great thing about having Crohn’s or UC is that there is no shortage of jokes you can make about poop, farting, burping, gas, and all of the other immature slang terms that can be used to reference bodily excretions and noises from the rear end.

That being said, its no surprise that one comedian has embraced that. Ben Morrison has taken his battle with Crohn’s and turned it into a comedy show aptly named Pain in the Butt.

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October 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Join The Fight Against IBD: Your first year with IBD

Join The Fight Against IBD: Your first year with IBD

October 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Would you?

If you could give anybody your disease so they could understand what you go through, what it really feels like emotionally and physically and if they had to endure the very worst of the disease for a month would you do it? Why or why not?

October 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

My best friend, a new Crohn’s patient

Last week, my best friend was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

My heart goes out to her- she lives in upstate New York several hours from her family. She sent me a text message to tell me the diagnosis and when I called her, she had been at the doctor alone except for a friend picking her up from the colonoscopy. She knows what Dan and I have gone through over the past six years. She’s also a nurse, which helps her have a clinical understanding of the disease. But not much can prepare you for the diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease or UC.

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October 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm 1 comment

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