A new year of life . . .

Yesterday was my 29th birthday and even though I said I was not in the mood to celebrate, I kind of did 🙂 It’s hard not to celebrate when your birthday is on a Friday. I spent three hours of my afternoon in a spa and a couple of friends surprised me with tickets to see the Chippendale’s, it was an “interesting” night lol.

This is a very exciting time in my life . I’ve attained my first real job that I believe will be challenging and exciting,  real professional growth.  My health is significantly better than what it was earlier this year. And I have changed for the better as a person. I have the strength, courage, and confidence in myself that I never thought existed. My life has been challenging in the past year and might forever be when it comes to my health, but I’ll be okay. I have to be okay.

As I approach this new year of life, I will try my best not to worry about the future, but instead live in the now. Life is too short.

I recently reached out to all my references thanking them for giving a good reference,which helped me get this job. I received the below kind  message from a former colleague, it’s truly inspirational and wanted to share.

I hope it works out well for you and you can continue to grow and develop your many talents.  You are cable of so much. The sky is not even the limit! Keep reading all you can (serious history, genuine science, worthy novels), attend all the best lectures and expositions possible, and don’t waste your time on silly TV shows, low company, and other empty pastimes.  Life is too short and you have much to contribute.  Be kind and compassionate, and generous to those who need help. Visit the old and sick who are lonely, lend a hand in a soup kitchen once in a while.  And always live your life with high standards.

As always I remain hopeful, taking one day at a time 🙂

Kudos to : Katharine Elkington :)

Photo Credit: Rachael Shane
Photo Credit: Rachael Shane

I hope you all got to read an article that was published via Yahoo News this past weekend titled, This is My Body Today: What I’ve Lost and What I’m Learning. It’s a powerful story about a young woman and her struggle living with Ulcerative Colitis. After reading her article, I had tears in my eyes. Tears of sadness and hope.

I had lost those 16 pounds due to lack of nutrients, but still had a summer tan and defined muscles from yoga. My body was quite literally dying, but I kept hearing how great I looked. I was so angry with those people for complimenting me. How could they not see my constant pain? How could they see what I had lost as beauty? (Elkington, K., “This is My Body Today: What I’ve Lost and What I’m Learning”, 2015)

I’m starting to see this article pop up everywhere and even the CCFA shared it.  So please read and share.

Full article: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/this-is-my-body-today-what-ive-lost-and-what-im-115940443688.html

Kudos to Katharine Elkington for spreading awareness about IBD!

Youth and IBD . . . .

Through my research I was surprised to discover that many “IBDers” are young, like very young, under the age of 18.  According to CCFA.org, approximately 1.4 million Americans have either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. That number is almost evenly split between the two conditions, and one in ten IBD patients are under the age of 18.

I’ll admit having an Inflammatory Bowel Disease can be somewhat embarrassing. Even what IBD stands for might make people chuckle and I’m okay with that, but I am 28. Can you imagine being a teenager and always having gas, the fear of having an accident, or just having people laugh in your face when you explain what IBD stands for? I couldn’t imagine . . . but luckily they are not alone. Camp Oasis that was established 10 years ago by the CCFA, is a summer camp for children that suffer from an IBD.  This co-ed residential summer camp program enriches the lives of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community. For more information  please visit http://www.ccfa.org/get-involved/camp-oasis/ and check out the video below.

Another great outlet for young IBDers is the website, “Me and IBD” http://www.meandibd.org/ by Crohn’s and Colitis UK. it’s an online community  that provides support  for young adults on how to deal with image, friendships, relationships, and many other issues they might face living with an IBD. Check out her story below.

After reading stories of young people with an IBD and how they cope daily with this disease, I can only be positive. Remaining hopeful 🙂