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What brings you gratitude amidst IBD?

Living with IBD presents its unique set of challenges, but with the holiday season upon us, let's share our moments of gratitude. Whether big or small, these moments can serve as reminders that amidst the struggles, there are also reasons to celebrate and be thankful.

Feel free to share your thoughts, reflections, and moments that have brought joy or comfort during your IBD journey. It could be the support of loved ones, moments of personal strength, a medical breakthrough, or any other positive aspect that has made a difference.

We'll start: We're thankful for all of you in our supportive community!

  1. I'm grateful for my family!

    1. I love this! It sounds like you have a wonderful family. Sending you (and them) gentle hugs. -- Warmly, Christine (Team Member)

  2. I've thought about how blessed I am for the GOOD things about colitis and I wrote a post about it last year on my blog. Here is a shortened version. I am thankful . . .

    1. That I live today and not a hundred years ago. If I lived back then, I would be dead.
    2. That we have ALL kinds of medicines and supplements.
    3. For medical insurance, good or bad.
    4. For those who go into the field of gastroenterology.
    5. For indoor plumbing. (Aren't we all thankful for that?)
    6. For toilet paper! SOFT toilet paper.
    7. For adult diapers.
    8. To my husband for taking over family responsibilities when I was incapacitated for months.
    9. For masks. For a time, I couldn't have left the house without them.
    10. For television and electronic devices that help distract me.
    11. For those who share their colitis experiences online, create communities, and continually update research and other information.
    12. For the wonderful, caring people who show and extend their understanding and do fun little things to lift my spirits.
    13. For those involved in research of IBDs and ALL diseases and afflictions in general.

    These are all the good things about colitis. As bad as colitis is, my situation could be so much worse. When I start feeling despondent or overwhelmed, I remember all the good things that make colitis easier for me.

    1. Wow , this is a great list. My wife, Kelly, was diagnosed at age two with a severe form of a different autoimmune condition and I can think of how all of these apply (with a few tweaks). Definitely grateful for how options for those with autoimmune conditions continue to increase and improve. Happy Thanksgiving, Richard (Team Member)

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