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It's the last day of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week and so I've decided to share the story of my diagnosis back in 2002. I have found myself over the years being comfortable with isolation however lately the more I've opened up the more I've felt understood. I was raised to never show vulnerability but I'm surprised at how good it feels to actually let people see the real me, gory details and all. It's a bit of a read but it's essentially everything I remember from my first stomach ache, almost dying from blood clots, my 6 week Sick Kids hospital stay, to throwing out the first pitch at a Blue Jay game. Follow the link below to check out how my crazy journey with Chron's began. https://maureenmasterspieces.weebly.com/mos-blog #chronscolitisawareness #chronsdisease #diagnosis #sickkids #bloodclot #dvt #bloodthinners #howitbegan #lifelessons #blog #skydome #bluejays #firstpitch

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✯CELEBRATING THE LAST DAY OF CHRON’S & COLITIS AWARENESS WEEK✯ Elevated levels of white blood cells in your blood are often a good indicator of illness or infection. Specifically for IBD, levels of white blood cells are often used to check for INFLAMMATION in the body. For the whole of 2018 and early 2019, I DIDN’T have a SINGLE blood test come back without above or below “normal” levels of white blood cells (3rd & 4th pic). In particular, my eosinophils were often high as they are one of the main (and many) inflammatory cells involved in the pathogenesis of IBD. But a few months back, after finishing my 3 month course of anti-inflammatories (Pentasa) and corticosteroids (Budenoside)…my blood results came back CLEAR AND GOOD (2nd pic). The first time in over a year! I have practically been symptom- and pain-free for almost 3 months, my longest period yet. Despite being under so much pressure and stress this year at University, my Chron’s hasn’t flared at all. Switching to complete VEGANISM last month after a year of being vegetarian is also probably to thank! Nonetheless, I am also skeptical about what is “optimal” or “normal” when it comes to ranges for the cells/enzymes/toxins in your blood. These “normal” ranges are based on what is PHYSIOLOGICALLY normal; HOWEVER, NORMALITY is RELATIVE and SITUATIONAL. Although a useful means to contextualise results, these ranges DON’T account for uniqueness in individuals, such as gender, age, stress etc. Therefore, rather than focussing on the ABSOLUTE results, we should look for CHANGES in what has been “normal” for us between different time periods. Doing so can help indicate when something is wrong or abnormal.

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CORTISONE 💊💊💊 . The dreaded drug that is the only thing to cure a bad flare up (believe me, I've tried other routes - but when you in deep - this is it). . "You need to go on a course of Medrol" - urrghhh, I can't tell you how much I hate this drug and all the side effects: . . 👉🏼my whole body puffs up (my face becomes balloon) 🦛 👉🏼 hair loss on my head but hair growth everywhere else (eeeww) 👉🏼 hungry. hungry. hungry. All the time 🍔 👉🏼 mood swings 🕸️ 👉🏼 acne (that turns unto scars that don't heal) 👉🏼... the list goes on! . I feel so hideous during this time and hate putting this chemical in my body, but unfortunately when the monster strikes, I just need to buck up and go through the long tunnel to the other side. . This is why I do everything I can to avoid these episodes by living a balanced and healthy life - which isn't always easy. . Prevention is key to conquering 🍌💪🏼 . Follow my journey, where I share all my tricks on how to cope with living with an IBD 💩 #ibd #ibdawareness #ulcerativecolitis #chronsdisease #chronsandcolitis #chronicillness #wellness #nutrition #naturalremedies #ibdwarrior #guthealth #guthealthmatters #guthealing

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"It's not the situation, but whether we react negative or respond positive to the situation that is important." - Zig Ziglar ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #CBD #CBDOIL #CBDISOLATE #CBDCURES #HEMPOIL #CANNABISOIL #ANXIETYQUOTES #ANXIETYRELIEF #ANXIETYHELP #ANXIETYDISORDER #SOCIALANXIETY #NATURALOILS #INFLAMMATION #RECOVERYWARRIOR #RECOVERYISPOSSIBLE #MUSCLERECOVERY #CHRONSDISEASE #CHRONESDISEASE #CHRONS #STRESSEATING #ACNETREATMENT #AUTOIMMUNEDISEASE #EXTRACTMORE #ORGANICHEMP #ORGANIC #WELLNESS

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Recent health complications have meant that some day’s I can’t get out of the house right now (which has been a boon for PhD productivity on the bright side ☺️) I was worried this would mean I wouldn’t get to see many of my Edinburgh friends before the holidays. Luckily I had a brain wave and picked up some beautiful festive treats from #marksandspencer (lots of which are gluten free!), so on days I can’t make it out they can come to me 🥰🎄🎉 . . . . . #christmas #marksandspencerfood #glutenfree #christmas2019 #excited #friends #holidays #nightsin #coffeedate #festivefood #grateful #invisibleillness #butyoudontlooksick #chronicillness #chronsdisease #cosy #fibro #phdlife #friendsaroundtheworld #hygge #family #lovedones #mostwonderfultimeoftheyear #edinburgh #edinburghchristmas #narcolepsy #disabledstudents

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"Courage is on display every day, and only the courageous wring the most out of life." - Zig Ziglar.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cbd #cbdoil #cbdlife #cbdhealth #cbdmovement #cbdtopicals #cbdtinctures #cbdmassageoil #hemp #hempcbd #homepathic #naturalcbd #broadspectrum #CBDCURES #HEMPOIL #CANNABISOIL #ANXIETYRELIEF #ANXIETYHELP #SOCIALANXIETY #NATURALOILS #INFLAMMATION #RECOVERYISPOSSIBLE #CHRONSDISEASE #CHRONS #STRESSEATING #ACNETREATMENT #AUTOIMMUNEDISEASE #ORGANICHEMP #ORGANIC #WELLNESS

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