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New School Year

Wow, this summer went fast.  It felt like yesterday that it was the last day of the 2016-2017 school year.  I was finishing up a great school year and ready to work at camp.  My Crohn’s was under control and I felt great.   I will have to say, I had the best summer since I have gotten Crohn’s Disease since 2007!  Camp was great, I got engaged, and moved in to a home with my best friend, my fiancé.

Whelp, as of today, I still feel amazing!  I lost twelve pounds over the summer, and dropped one pant size.  To be honest, I really did not need to lose weight, it was a nice surprise.  For years, I would have trouble with absorbing food, and not gaining enough weight. But for once I am weighting in at an acceptable weight, and losing weight at a healthy pace.  I will plateau!

As I begin my my eighth year of teaching I have set a few goals for myself that have to do with my Crohn’s Disease.  My first goal is to reach out to somebody in my building who is struggling with something they can’t control.  I go through every day.  I cannot control when I have to go to the bathroom. I cannot control the frequency of my bathroom use.  That makes it extremely difficult when it come to teaching.  I want my colleague or colleagues to know that they are not alone with what they are going through.  Yes, I might not know what exactly it is that is affecting their lives, and that’s ok.  As long as they know that I am going through an incontrollable situation, and if you need me, I am here.

Another goal that I would like to obtain is to personally teach somebody how to cope with Crohn’s.  I know I help patients by documenting aspects and tips of my daily life in writing.  I have not coached somebody in a while.  Since I am a teacher, I have the skills to teach somebody how to get through certain aspects of Crohn’s Disease.    I have worked with children before who are going through a rough time with Crohn’s.  There are wonderful connections that the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation makes so that people can talk to other patients about their experiences.

The “Power of Two,” was something I really enjoyed.  I spoke with a Crohn’s patient who was twelve years old.  He lived in another part of the country, so we would speak every two weeks for half a year.  It was great because he was not going to go to camp that summer.  He was really nervous about what the kids would say or do, since he was running to the bathroom a lot during the day.  By the time I was done coaching him, he had gone to camp and had the best summer. That’s a success.  I did well!  I felt good doing it!  I want to reach these goals this year as well as having a safe, and healthy school year.  Here goes another year of teaching!

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    10 months ago

    Wonderful goals. Love that you want to reach out and help others cope with Crohn’s. You have such an amazing story and with that a ton of wisdom to share with others.

    Wishing you the best.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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