Crohn’s Colitis: Just for the record

I was at a local restaurant with my wife where the owner and some of the wait staff know me.  They knew about my story with Crohn’s Colitis. The owner asked me to tell my story to her waitress who has Colitis because she just got out of the hospital after a month’s stay.  So the waitress looked at me square in the eye saying to her manager “tell her there is no cure for Colitis”.

I looked at her and said “you’re asking the wrong person”.

Then in a polite manner she asked, “so you healed yourself?” and followed with “so you must not have been that sick”.

My wife spoke up saying “he has been symptom free for over twenty years and takes no medicines but his intestines still have some ulcers”.

The waitress waited for me to answer her question and as I looked deep I could see her eyes saying “well I’m waiting”. I don’t like to talk about my sickness much but I needed to explain how sick I was to her so she would understand where I had been and how far I’ve come. And that she can too.

To start out I am 6’3” and now weigh 245 lbs.

1.     When I was sick I weighed 145 lbs. and I worked 4 days a week, 12 hours a day.

2.     I lived on TPN a couple of times to give my body a rest.

3.     I was on an assortment of drugs azulfidine, prednisone, immuran, and methotrexate.

4.     I was hospitalized twice.

5.     Usually after I ate I would either end up vomiting or having diarrhea.

6. Then I was told as a last resort I was going to receive an Ostomy.  I said no.

I have a belief about Crohn’s and/or Colitis, I believe we all have weak spots in our bodies and mine is my intestines.  Now I am just speaking for myself here, and I believe when I deal with my stress instead of swallowing it, my intestines feel great, which leads me to outline how I got control of my life and health.

1.     I taught myself meditation to deal with stress.

2.     Through meditation I moved my mind forward from being sick to living health.

3.     Looking back I can see Crohn’s Colitis became the center of my life.  I took my life back.

4.     Twenty years later Crohn’s Colitis does not get any thought unless in trying to help others I talk about it.

5.     The few ulcers that might be hanging around are a beautiful reminder to stay on track in my life, and I have great life.

6.     I don’t take any medicines and I meditate and I live like my beautiful wife put it: symptom free.

7.     I say I don’t have time for being sick.

If you have any question or comments please leave a reply, whether you are an old friend or someone I have not met yet, It’d be great to hear from you.