Over the past 26 years I have learned to accept each day as a gift and approach Crohn’s with a smile. Yes, some days a smile is the hardest thing to muster up but I do it anyway. Like so many others, I don’t “look sick”. Then again I try not to think of myself as a sick person. I just have parts of me that don’t work the way that they are supposed to!
I have endured bowel surgeries, hernia surgeries because of the bowel surgeries, medication change after medication change, and I even had a colostomy bag for a few months just to heal my insides.
Being a mother of three, my greatest fear is passing this disease to my children. About five years ago that fear became very real when my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s. To this day we are the only ones that we know of in any parts of our family tree that have this disease.
The medical field has made great advances in the diagnosis and treatments available. The internet can also be a great resource for you to find something that helps in your treatment and diet plan. No two people with an IBD tolerate the same things. My goal is to give helpful hints, advice and some yummy meal ideas to help every day. Be sure to always consult with your healthcare providers before making any changes. Communication is a huge help in your continued health! – All the best until my next post, Kelly
Spiced Cider: A warm soothing drink for winter
1 1/2 qts apple cider
3 C. Pineapple juice
10 whole allspice
5 cinnamon sticks
Combine all ingredients and heat over medium low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot. Use brown cider (not clear) and also use Dole natural pineapple juice that does not have added sugar, etc.
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