The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 30 Recap


You made it! 30 posts in 30 days! Today, write a recap of your experience. What was your favorite prompt? Least favorite? What have you learned?

 

And another writers challenge comes to an end.  Somehow this one was a little easier to write for then the last one I did.  But, 30 posts in 30 days.  Really makes me think of burnout.  Not the pit of despair that I talked about on day 20, but writers burn out.  It isn’t easy to come up with 30 posts so fast.  I was given the topics which help but just trying to think of what to write puts a toll on the mind.  After this I need to take another break. 

Looking back over the post I see I had some pretty decent ones.  I think my favorite one, and it wasn’t the longest or the best written, was Day 5 Aspiration.  The more I talk about what I want to do in the future the more excited I become.  Just the other night I was talking to some friends about my dream and they really got me excited over it.  It feels good to have something to strive for in life.

Now, for my least favorite..well this is a hard one.  I think my least favorite was Day 25 Learning.  It isn’t that I didn’t like the post.  It is my least favorite because it is the first time my post caused a controversy.  I got a lot of messages about this one and about what ME is.  I kind of jumped the gun when I wrote the post and didn’t do the research first.   But, as a writer not everyone will like what you have to say and will let you know that.  So I guess that post helped bring me up in status.  I feel I am in the Big Leagues now.

As for what have I learned…well I did learn about a new disease (ME).  I literally learned from my mistake.  I also learned humility and how to accept that I did something wrong and admit to it.  After all, I am human and we all make mistakes.

So, as the challenge ends so does this post.  Spring is in the air and I will probably be stepping away from the computer for a bit to enjoy the season.  But don’t despare.  There is a lot going on in my life and I know I will have more to talk about soon.  So until then, go out, enjoy the day….and see you soon.

The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 29 – Congratulations


We all know Health Activists are awesome. Share three things you love about yourself, things you’re great at, or just want to share. Don’t undercut or signpost!

 

This is a hard post for me to write.  I don’t like to praise myself and tote my achievements.  I am a quiet person and keep a lot to myself.  But for this, I will try to open up a little more and bring you more into my world.

1.  One thing I am great at…or I like to think I am…is cooking.  I took culinary arts in college and have a degree in cooking as well as management.  I may not be the best but I think I can handle my own in a kitchen.  Sometimes I have trouble thinking of dishes to make, but I can definitely take a recipe and make it my own.

2. One thing I love about myself is how I have been able to open up so much.  Growing up I kept a lot of things to myself.  I was a very closed off person.  No one really knew what was going on in my head.  This blog has really helped me to open up.  What has really opened the flood gates to my emotions is my IBD community.  Everyone I have met, whether it is in real life or on the internet, have been non-judgemental and always have an ear for me.  This in turn has helped me to do the same for everyone else.  I am so happy to have found my community as you have all helped me grow.

3.  One thing I want to share is that even though I have grown I still want to be a better person.  I want to do more to help.  Throughout the years I have always felt something was missing from my life and now I know what it is.  Helping others is so rewarding spiritually.  One thing I still want to do is start a charity but I need a lot of help with that.  The one thing I need before I move forward is a board of directors.  Once I get that, I plan on moving on it.  I have tons of ideas…just need the help.

The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 28 Must Follow!


Create a must follow list for your community on a single social network. Share your top 5-10 tweeters, blogs, or Facebook pages.

I look at this topic and think…I have done this numerous times already.  In fact, we have done this already during this month.  So instead I am going to deviate a little.

Last week, I was awarded the “I am a Part of the Family” award from the wonderful women at Below the radar.  The post can be found here http://belowtheradar002.com/2013/04/23/bursting-hearts/.

I actually talk about Amanda from BTR in a previous post.  She was always in my mind because she has been suffering so long and no doctors could figure out what was wrong.  To know that she thinks of me and my struggles give me comfort that what I set out to do is working.  People are starting to know they are not alone.

So of course to accept this award there are stipulations.

Here are the rules for accepting:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family
  • Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

And here now are my nominations:

1. Louise at http://youngcrohns.wordpress.com/

2. Cetta at http://cettawrites.com/

3. Sara at http://www.inflamed-and-untamed.com/ (not wordpress but still family)

4. Kelly at http://sickgirldiary.tumblr.com/ (Again, not wordpress but still a great family member)

5. Mary Claire at http://resiliencyspace.blogspot.com/ (Ok, so these aren’t WordPress…but Mary is such an inspiration)

6. Christina at http://livingsick.com/

7. Marisa at http://keepingthingsinsideisbadformyhealth.wordpress.com/

8. Shay at http://asizcreatives.wordpress.com/

9. Heidi at http://ostomyoutdoors.com/ (She really shows that an life doesn’t end with an ostomy)

10. Stephen at http://stephendempster.com/

 

Each of you are an inspiration to me.  Keep up the great work and thanks for being there not only for me but for everyone.

The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 27 Titles


If you wrote a book about your life, your community, your condition, or your Health Activism – what would you title it? Come up with 5 working titles.
What about your biography?

This is funny because growing up I wanted to be an author.  I had always loved to read.  As I got older I realized I couldn’t write so well.  So that dream died.

Then I go and start a blog.  What is a blog but just short stories.  My parents read this (hi Mom and Dad) and are always saying I should write a book.  Problem is my memory isn’t the greatest so it would be real hard to write one about my past.  But..I can write one about the present.

So if I was to write a book about my life, my community, my condition or my Health Activism…what would I call it?  Hmmm.  Well here are some ideas.

1) IBD…All Guts, no glory.

2) IBD Warrior – How I Fought the Disease and Won

3) My Life as an IBD Warrior (This one is plain but says a lot)

4) No, IT’S NOT THE FLU!!!

5) Poo!  No, Not the Bear.

The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 26 Pain Free Pass


What’s a day that you wish you could have used a pain-free pass (either in the future or the past)? How would being pain or worry-free impact that day?

As most of you know, I don’t get too much pain from my Crohn’s.  I know there are many out there that have pain all the time.  Whether it is from strictures or inflammation or obstructions, pain is a reality with IBD.  Since I have a mild case, I have been spared the pain…most of the time.

There are some days though we I feel some pain.  For me it feels more like someone touching an irritation.  It is usually dull and annoying.  When I do get these pains, I worry a little because since I don’t normally get them it is usually a sign of a flare or that I am getting sick.

So to answer the first part of the question, I can’t say of any day I wish I didn’t have pain.  It isn’t really part of my life.  In fact part of me likes it because it is like a signal that something is about to happen.

Now if we talked about having a symptom free day….that is another story.  I don’t have pain, but I can go to the bathroom a lot at times.  I get run down and lazy.  My eyes are getting worse.  Rashes don’t heal as fast.  My joints ache at times.  I would gladly give all of this up.  If I had to pick one day, I don’t think I can.  I think  a lot of people might say that for their wedding day they would like to be symptom free.  I know for mine, I was so happy that I didn’t feel nervous so I didn’t have a lot of symptoms that day.

Thinking about my life, I can’t pick just one day where I would like to be symptom or pain free.  Of course I want to, but I just can’t pick One day.  There are times though when I read online when some people have really bad days.   There are days when I read about Kelly, a fellow IBDer who suffers from so much and is always in pain.  On her worse days, I feel like I want to take that pain from her…even if it is just for one day.  I think the activist in me wants to help so I would want to take some of the pain from those that can’t deal.  I wouldn’t mind a day in pain here and there if it meant someone else can be pain free for a while.

This is a nasty disease.  It robs us of so much.  I just would like to be able to give some people back a normal life so they can enjoy what I have been lucky to enjoy.  Everyone deserves to live pain free.

The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 25 Learning


Share something you learned from another Health Activist (that everyone should know).

First I think you need to read this post from Amanda http://stopthinkingstartwriting.blogspot.com/2013/04/we-know-our-bodies-best.html

I am using this post as a good example.  I have known Amanda from online only.  We were introduced through another activist.  When we were introduced, Amanda had been sick for some time and couldn’t seem to find a diagnosis.  She presented with symptoms of IBD but no GI could seem to find anything.

Throughout time, she would have her good days and her bad days.  But through it all Amanda would not give in.  Even when doctors would tell her nothing is wrong she would fight and look for another doctor.  Eventually some diagnoses would come it but they wouldn’t be the big one she was needing.

Now, she finally has the diagnoses she was waiting for and reason everyone should know this.  She has Mast Cell Hyperplasia (consistent with Mastocytic Enterocolitis).  Now most of you, and I was one of them, probably have never heard of these terms..but Mastocytic Enterocolitis is a form of IBD.

Many people think IBD is only Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  Those are the 2 main diseases but there are others.  ME is one of those others.  I have often only talked about the former two.  Now I have another disease to learn about and possibly talk about.

I look forward to learning another form of IBD and I look forward to our newest IBD Warrior and her challenges to now beat this disease and heal up.

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This is being added after this post was already posted.

I have done some research…and was shocked to read what I did.  Turns out Mastocytic Enterocolitis (ME) isn’t IBD.  It is similar to IBS.  ME isn’t chronic and is very treatable.  Here is one link that is reputable:

http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/gard/10176/mastocytic-enterocolitis/case/24223/case-questions

Amanda, I don’t know if maybe you were led astray by a doctor.  Just know that I and many others still care and hope you do get better.  From the looks of it, you will and real fast.  The treatment is a simple one and I wish all disease were easily treated like ME.

I am sorry if I offended anyone that took offense for me saying it was IBD.  I didn’t do the research ahead of time and just got excited that Amanda had a diagnoses.

The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 24 Wordless Wednesday


Create a Pinterest board for your health focus. Pin 3 things. Share the image.

I actually have 2 boards for IBD on Pinterest.  They haven’t been updated in a awhile.  If you would like to add anything to them, let me know.

Here are my boards:

Enjoy