Words of Wisdom to Ring in the New Year

Now that 2016 has come to a close, I often think of the gains I have made with my Crohn’s. I am very satisfied with my overall health this year. My annual sigmoidoscope reveled that I am still in remission, and my medications have continued to keep my condition under control. What I have done differently over the last year that helped me stay in good health is what I want to share with you. I think they worked for me, and it might guide you in the right direction if you are feeling down about Crohn’s.

1. The Power of Positive Thinking

I know this is easier said than done, but I honestly believe that if you think positively, then good things will happen. Throughout this whole year, I will wake up and say to myself, “Today is going to be a great day.” I would also say to myself, “ It’s a great day to be alive.” Even if it is not a great day, just try to look past it. I have had many bad days, but if it’s a day not in the hospital, then it’s a great day! Socialize around people who make you feel comfortable! Don’t hang around with those “Debbie Downers.” You need positive vibes in your life.

2. Reach Out and Talk to Somebody

We all have to deal with the same disease, even though our experiences are so different.  We all have to get through it together. Talk to somebody who has IBD. We all have to vent at some point. Throughout this year, I have made great connections with other Crohn’s patients. This has allowed me to speak my mind, and feel better knowing I’m not the only person going through this!

3. When Something Feels Wrong- TAKE CARE OF IT!

We don’t have great immune systems, so when we get sick, WE GET SICK! If you think something is wrong, don’t wait until it is too late.   Earlier in the year, I had spiked a fever of a 103 degrees. I had gotten the fever over a fifteen-minute span, which really didn’t make sense. Because of all the medications I take, that lower my immune system, I knew something was lurking in my body. I went right over to Abington Hospital and sure enough I had a bad infection in my blood stream due to a IV site that got infected. I had to spend a few days in the hospital on IV antibiotics. I was mindful enough to take care of the situation before it became fatal.

4. It’s Okay to Have IBD

I tell myself all the time. It’s ok to have a disease. I think Crohn’s makes me “cool, and unique!” I have a unique story that I can share with others.

5. Give Yourself Credit

Even the smallest gains with your Crohn’s is a big gain! And if you have a bad week, it’s okay. Everything can change in an instant.

Happy New Year my fellow Crohnies.  I hope this year is a great, and healthy one. Let’s go 2017!

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