I went around campus interviewing people about what they thought Crohns Disease was. The results were pretty revealing and highly hilarious. Check out, what these students had to say about Crohns Disease
When I get sick, my whole body gets sick, including my hair. During flares, my hair tends to become very thin and hard to manage. Therefor, I have developed some simple tips to help combat thin, limp and brittle hair!
Today's video deals with the dangers of asking What-If....We all do it at times, but what we don't realize is that asking "what if" is actually harmful to us! So check out my video as I give an alternative to asking "what-if"....
Ever been on a liquid or supplemental diet for your IBD, or been on TPN, like me and not been able to eat anything? Well it sucks! So here are 5 tips that I have developed of the last 14 weeks, that make not eating just a little bit easier! Look at tip 4 if you have trouble doing preps for procedures! Hope you enjoy and that this helps you in your battle against food as much as it has helped me not eat in my not so normal life.
This past year was extremely difficult for me. I had three surgeries, stayed about 2 months in the hospital and had 2 PICC lines and now a portacath. Being sick is hard, but learning to "dance in the rain" and live your life despite being sick is even harder...
Today I begin a new journey. I am using TPN to treat my Crohns. It's exciting and scary, but overall, this treatment causes hope. It gives me hope that I can reach remission, even though I haven't been able to do that in the 8 years since I was diagnosed. It's been nerve wracking setting up my own TPN, but years of medical experience definitely helps. We had to flush my port, purge the line, set up the pump, draw up the vitamins, insert the vitamins, and send up a few prayers along the way.
Now I sit quietly listening to my little pump whirl next to me and contemplating how my life changes now that I am on TPN. Truth is I don't know what is going to happen, but I really can't wait to find out what happens next in my not so normal life.
Not Exactly good at making videos yet, so some things aren't quite perfect, but it still makes it's point!
Today I begin my journey with AbsorbPlus Elemental Shakes. I am waiting to start enteral nutrition with a feeding tube, but until I can get the enteral nutrition started, I am going to be using AbsorbPlus Shakes to allow my bowels to rest and hopefully promote healing in my body.
AbsorbPlus uses premium allergen free quality ingredients to provide an elemental shake that promotes rapid uptake and absorption throughout the intestinal track. The product has no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives and uses lactose-free whey protein isolate, without the casein (an allergen within lactose) to provide easily absorbed nutrients. The product comes in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate and berry and although I would not say these shakes taste great, they are easy to drink and provide a palatable elemental option. Because the enzymes are pre-digested, your body does not have to work to digest the nutrients, and only has to absorb them!
This is extremely important for IBD patients who experience active disease in the small intestines because these patients often experience malnutrition due to malabsorption. The elemental shake provide an alternative or adjunctive therapy to treating IBD by providing gut rest along with all of the necessary nutrients your body needs to heal itself. Many patients have testified that AbsorbPlus has allowed them to return to a normal life style and helped their Crohns reach remission.
Although I am only doing AbsorbPlus as an intermediary treatment before I start my enteral nutrition via feeding tube, I still believe that this formula has helped me in the past to live a relatively normal lifestyle and will help me now to stay in school! The taste is similar to many protein shakes and very easy to drink. I would highly recommend this to any IBD sufferer who has pain after eating food, because this is a great way to get much needed nutrients without suffering severe nausea and unbearable pain!
For more information visit the AbsorbPlus Website!
Check out my YouTube video about the easiest way to mix an AbsorbPlus shake in College!
I've got 8 scars and am missing two feet of intestines and my life isn't normal, but whose life is normal? I want to use my experiences to help you, even if it means sharing embarrassing experiences. I am also looking to break the stigmas associated with IBD in order to make living with IBD just a little bit easier. Hope you enjoy!
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