• Gratitude

    Guilt and Remission

    One day in and I want to give up. Trying to find the time to write a to do list is hard enough, carving out time to make this happen for 30 days is excruciatingly difficult. But it needs to happen. I can feel my jaw tighten at the end of the day because I am empty, empty, empty after giving it all away. I used to enjoy doing this. It used to give something back to me. Blogging. Letting the feelings flow from my fingertips to the keyboard and leaving it there. So, here I am, trying again. These posts are going to ramble, and be raw and real…

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  • Resources

    Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

    Were you just diagnosed with a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease? I’m sure you’re going through a lot of emotions right now as you begin to search for information on this autoimmune disease. As you navigate through the pages of the internet looking for answers, please remember this: Your body is exactly that. Your body. Designed to fit you and you alone. You have choices. What works for someone else might not work for you. Do the research to empower yourself to be your own advocate. Trust me, you will need to be. You are not alone! Here are links to some amazing IBD resources and patient advocates, and they…

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  • My Thoughts

    Will Essential Oils Cure IBD?

    Originally Published August 14, 2016   No, they won’t. There is not a cure for IBD.  They do, however, smell amazing and have some pretty cool benefits that could improve your attitude and maybe ease some physical symptoms, and perhaps much more. (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I am not providing advice, I’m sharing what I learned at this workshop and my experience with essential oils thus far. I encourage you to do your own research.) I took an essential oils workshop last week at Hilltop Yoga in Oldtown and really gave my scent sorter a workout. It was very interesting and educational, and I took away a few…

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  • Hope Warriors

    (Be The Cactus) Kenz

    Originally Published September 6, 2017 The lovely woman I’m about to introduce to you all this week is perhaps one of the most resilient human beings I have come to know. Her posts are honest, raw and give a clear picture of what life with autoimmune disease(s) is like. Even though she has been through plenty of trials and tribulations, Kenzie has faith and remains beautiful and looks for the good through it all. Her motto, #bethecactus, is so fitting to describe her. Make sure to check her and her sweet dog Ophie out on her website here and Instagram @accordingtokenz   (Update: her new handle is @bethecactuskenz  Thank you so…

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