Such a Loving Community I Live In


Last night I went online to check my email and saw I had a mention in Twitter.  I shot over to Twitter to see @Caringforcrohns nominated me for a Reality Blog Award.  I didn’t know what this was until I read about it, and I have to say that I am honored by it.  It just shows how much love there is in our IBD community.

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Of course there is a guideline to the award.  You have to answer 5 questions which I am more than happy to do.

1. If you could change one thing what would you change?  If I could change one thing, it would be teaching doctors how to relate to patients.  A lot of doctors don’t actually listen to their patients and treat them based on how they were taught.  Many are unwilling to use non-traditional treatments or won’t use the newest methods because they don’t know about it.  Doctors need to listen to us, the patients, and if we want to try something, they should learn more about it and support us.  Support will ease our minds and this will help the healing process.

2. If you could repeat any age, what would it be? This is hard because I have learned not to dwell in the past.  But if I really have to choose, I would be 18 again.  I would love to be young and redo my college years.  They were care free days where my Crohn’s didn’t bother me that much.  I learned so much about my self that I would love to rediscover it all again.

3. What one thing really scares you?  One thing that scares me is my lack of good reactions to meds.  I don’t react well to almost all the Crohn’s meds out there so there really isn’t much for me to take.  If I fail on my current med, LDN, there is nothing for me to try next.  That means my Crohn’s can get worse and put me in a hospital.  That really scares me.  But I have to stay positive and right now, I am doing well.  There is no reason to believe this won’t last.

4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?  One of my dreams is to open my own restaurant.  Right now, being gluten-free, I notice it is hard to eat out and I would love to open a completely GF restaurant.  I don’t know if I will ever get to do it.  The one thing that stands in my way is the money.  I need an income and don’t have the money to open my own place.  It is something I would have to work out…but maybe one day.

5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?  Honestly, there is no one I would want to be.  I love being who I am and would not change it for the world.  I think everyone should like who they are and strive to be the best they can be.  Never give up on yourself.

So, enough about me.  Now the real fun is here.  I get to nominate some other people for the award.  Here are my nominations in no particular order:

Alyssa from Love For Mutant Guts – http://loveformutantguts.wordpress.com/  No matter what is going on in her life, she will tell it to you straight.  She doesn’t hold back and will even post the most unflattering pictures just to show you what this disease can do to a person.  To me that takes guts and no matter how much of them she is missing, she has tons of them.

Sara from Inflamed and Untamed -  http://www.inflamed-and-untamed.com/ Sara is probably the most recognized face of IBD.  Everyone knows her and has watched her video.  But most important is that Sara is inspirational.  She has gone through so much and still manages to hold her head high.  She manages to lift the spirits of so many people.

Kelly from http://sickgirldiary.tumblr.com/ – What can I say about Kelly. She is so young and has gone through so much.  She is yet another inspirational woman who despite all the pain she is in, she manages to give out inspiration to so many people.  She maintains her videos and website despite all that she is going through.  Anyone that knows her knows that she has a love for life that she will never give up on and I am honored to call her a friend.

Amanda from http://stopthinkingstartwriting.blogspot.com/ – Amanda is one of those people who has been sick for years yet can’t seem to get a diagnosis.  She has been in a ball in the corner of the room on the floor with no hope.  But a light went on in her and she now has nothing but inspiration for people.  Even without a diagnosis, she keeps moving through life and doesn’t let her pain stop her.

Julie from http://www.semicolongirl.com/ – Julie is such an inspiration.  Despite have a disease and despite having half a colon, she is still out there being active.  She runs a lot and just got involved with the CCFA Team Challenge run in Vegas.  She shows everyone that an illness shouldn’t slow you down no matter what.

For the nominees - here are the guidelines in accepting the award.

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them.
  3. Answer the 5 questions presented.
  4. Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs.
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

So, finally, I want to thank Caring for Crohns again for the lovely nomination.  I am loving the love I have found in our community this year and I hope that this next year brings out even more from us.

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3 comments on “Such a Loving Community I Live In

  1. “I love being who I am and wouldn’t change it for the world” – what a refreshing attitude! I love this. In my experience, having IBD is a character building experience – we’re a resilient bunch, that’s for sure. Happy to be getting to know you and others in this tribe. Have a great day! – M

  2. Amanda Brooke says:

    So honored to be nominated Jeff! Means a lot.

  3. Levi says:

    Congrats on the award! I really like your thought of helping doctors relate with their patients. So many are just focused on what they know and are not open to discussing alternative methods that may help.

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