Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness

I saw a statistic on a Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Facebook site and decided to create a graphic.

Please share it as you wish!



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Crohn's Refrigerator

My boyfriend, Rich, opened my refrigerator and said, "Stacey would be jealous of all your fresh juice. She'd be asking for all of your juice recipes." Stacey is a mutual friend that just started juicing.

As I looked at my refrigerator I began to think of what it looked like two years ago, prior to my Crohn's diagnosis. Wow, I eat so much healthier today.




Two years ago there actually wasn't much food in my refrigerator because I was one of those people who's idea of cooking was "2 minutes on high" in the microwave. My freezer was filled with pre made meals in a box, and my refrigerator had a shelf full of beer, another filled with bottles of white wine, and a lot of condiments.

Today, this refrigerator full of fruits, vegetables, juice and coconut water, is the reason why I can manage my disease without medication. It was a process to get where I am at today, but after working very hard to heal my ulcers, this diet, along with rest, and proper stress management, has kept me in remission.

Certainly if you have active ulcers, a colostomy bag, or are diabetic, this diet isn't for you. But how many people with Crohn's or ulcerative colitis can say they haven't been on medication for twenty-two months and have been able to stay out of the hospital.

Ironically, Crohn's is the reason why I'm healthier today. that I was two years ago, and is likely going to be the reason for me living a healthier life for the rest of my life. I know it sounds crazy that Crohn's has made me healthier, but it forced me to take a good look at my diet, rest, and stress levels. For that, I'm grateful.

I hope and pray everyday that others suffering with IBDs find their way to achieve remission and a healthy lifestyle, and have as much as I to be thankful for.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Crohn's and Colitis Wristbands

I'm very excited because I've ordered 2000 Crohn's and Colitis wristbands. The Crohn's and Colitis wristbands will be purple and similar to the "gel" wristband available with many chronic diseases and cancers, but for some reason, are not readily available for Crohn's and UC.  

I expect to have them available for sale no later than March 19, 2014. The top image below is the outside of the wristband, and the lower image is the inside. The lettering and ribbons are recessed on the outside of the wristband, and embossed on the inside of the wristband. 


I'll I'll probably create a page on eBay to sell them. Most likely they'll go for $2.49 each, but there will be quantity discounts. I may develop some key chains too :)

I intend to donate $0.50 per wristband sold, to Crohn's and/or Ulcerative Colitis foundations. Very cool indeed!