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Career choice

Sunday, March 24, 2013

So I joined Spartanburg Community College.... AGAIN.... (it's been awhile).
I am going to study Culinary Arts..... And will be a chef for people with chronic illness.
....Yay me!!!!!!.... It only took me my lifetime to figure out what I wanted to be "when I grow up"
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ARNETTELEE 3/24/2013 6:13PM

  Congratulations on making your decision! Good luck!

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BECKYBECKY1954 3/24/2013 5:47PM

    Oh, I hope you love your training and your new career. Good for you!

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Specific Carb Diet

Thursday, July 05, 2012

So, I am going to try the SCD to get my crohns and its (crappy...ALL pun intended) side effects under control. So .... from now on I will shop on the OUTSIDE edge of the grocery store. I'm only going to eat fruits, veggies, legumes, meat, seafood, eggs, and limited dairy.
I HAVE to get my crohns under control... There has to be a BETTER way than drugs to "fix" me

Anyone else tried this diet? And DOES IT WORK??????
(has to right?)

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HAKAPES 7/7/2012 3:31AM

    I think it is a good strategy to focus on what you want to eat, and to make sure you eat those - instead of focusing on what not.
I decided to eat a salad for dinner - I might eat something else, too, but I eat a salad first, no matter what.

Here's an interesting article about it:

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MARCIAC10 7/5/2012 6:21PM

    I don't do a specific diet for my Crohns. I do stay away from fried foods and try to eat veggies (cooked, can't always handle raw ones), fish, etc. I have to be careful about fiber intake, too. If you're adding fiber, be careful! When I'm having a bad Crohns day I stick to a low residue diet (low fiber) to ease things through.

Let us know how the diet works for you.

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WICCANCHICK73 7/5/2012 4:09PM

    The elimination diet would work... if what gave me flares was a "constant" but it never is.
After actually reading what the SCD entails? Holy CRAP...
I might try something similar to the anti-inflammatort diet.
The list of safe foods is much bigger with that one.

More Organic... MUCH less processed foods.
MUCH less preservatives...
I guess "healthy" food isn't supposed to come in a box.

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23KAIYA 7/5/2012 3:51PM

    Every time I've added fresh vegetables or legumes I have trouble with my Crohn's. Small amounts of fruit, lots of cooked veggies, fish, chicken, eggs and easier 'processed' carbs like white rice keep me from living on a throne.
Have you tried a strict elimination diet to control it then try adding in 1 food at a time to get specific triggers? I did it years ago and have been so much happier.
Best wishes

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surgery yesterday

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I finally had my hysterectomy yesterday.... I'm sore today...and probably will be for a few days....
however.. this should fix my crohns disease flares....
fingers crossed and hopeful.

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MARCIAC10 5/8/2013 3:00PM

    Did it help? I had a hysterectomy (had a 5 pound fibroid) before my diagnosis with Crohns, but afterwards my Crohns got worse. The rest of my 30's and 40's were filled with too many hours in a bathroom or drugged up to stop the cramping. Everyone is different, which makes the disease so difficult to treat. I hope it's going better for you!

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WICCANCHICK73 3/27/2012 9:25PM

    I had fibroids.... and apparently they have been causing my crohns to flare WAY more often than it should.
I would be fine a month or two... then ALWAYS three days before my period...i would have a flare start...
I asked my gastro, and my family dr. about it..... i tried birth control pills to see if it was my hormones.... Finally went to my gyno and we discussed my options... i chose to have the surgery.
out of TWO YEARS worth of time, my crohns flared ONLY twice that was not related to my period. (I went to the E.R. NINE TIMES last year......nine) ALL period related.
noone really knows for sure WHY one caused the other... maybe i have endometreosisand I have the tissue attached to my colon.... I dont know.
However, I'll tell you all the same thing I told my family dr.
Remove the period. Remove the problem.


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REDSHOES2011 3/25/2012 1:38AM

    I hope you feel better real soon.. As a resthome helper whom is sent out to folks in own home would love to hear about how your hysterectomy can help crohns.. It must be terrible to have issues with both at the same time..
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/25/2012 1:34AM

    I hope you recover quickly! I am not sure how the hysterectomy will help your Crohns but I hope it does!

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Crohn's Walk

Saturday, August 20, 2011

On October 2, 2011, I will be participating in a Crohn's Walk to find a CURE in my neighboring county.

I had initially intended on participating in the 1/2 Marathon on Dec 4, in Las Vegas, However, finances and bills got in the way of me being able to afford to register.
So, I signed up for my local walk (that doesn't require a registration fee)

For any of you who were wondering how to make a donation, here is the link:


I thank you all in advance for your support,
Much love and respect,
Brenda McCullough.

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/4/2011 4:57AM

    Good luck with the walk, AND raising funds


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1/2 marathon...... yes, I will

Monday, July 25, 2011

So, Last year, I was INTENDING on participating in the CCFA (crohns and colitis foundation of America) 1/2 marathon in Las Vegas on Dec 5...... fear of not being able to raise enough money to cover my trip kept me from doing it.

this year, the event is on December 4th....
and you know what.........??????

To Hell with being afraid.

I have lived with this CRAP (no pun intended) for 15 years....I've had it up to my freaking EYEBALLS with letting my Crohns run my life.....

Besides...... what if MY contribution is what finds a cure?

The thought of there even BEING a cure really brings tears to my eyes....

I've had enough.



And I am going to help find a cure.

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69NURSE 8/13/2011 5:37PM

    Last year I had the bright idea I wanted to do a HM - WHY my family asked. Just because I want to I said. I was going to turn 62 3 weeks after the race and it was just something I needed to do; I don't really worry about getting older, but I felt this would be a milestone for me. I AM NOT A RUNNER!!!!! However, I am a walker and I can run a little. So, even without my family's support, I signed up for it. I never really did the training crap, which was really kind of dumb, but hey... I set a time for myself of 4 hrs to finish (figured that was about a 20min mile). I met another woman from SP the night before the race and we determined to just do our best - whatever that was. When I crossed the finish line in 3:06 I was thrilled. I walked and ran the best I could - my family never thought I would finish so soon and they weren't even there when I finished. People I met through the JASR (Just a short run) in Pittsburgh last year told me, that being willing to start is being a winner.

I just told you my story to let you know emoticon you don't have to run at all, walk your best gait, run if/when you can; you might be surprised at where you finish. Good luck and if there is anyway I can help, or make a donation, please feel free to let me know. I am sorry you have Crohn's - I know others who have had it and it is dreadful. emoticon emoticonBev

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CAPTHAMMER 7/28/2011 11:35AM

    It's sounds like a great opportunity to get together with other Crohn's people and find out just how they manage to be fit with this disease.

Received my brochure this week. Recruitment meetings are next month. So very tempted but I'm not a runner and not sure how you "walk" a half marathon in any sort of timely manner.

Good luck to you. Go For It, Crohn's buddy!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/26/2011 6:07PM

    emoticon Go for it!

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DINGALLSTOO 7/26/2011 5:56PM

    woohoo, YOU are gonna kick BUTT on this.

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JEN021072 7/26/2011 9:47AM

    Go girl!!!
You can do anything you set your mind to.

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PEGTIGER 7/26/2011 9:23AM

    As a colon cancer survival, I am especially excited for you. I would love to help you make this trip. Email information about how to make a donation and I will make a small donation for this great cause. emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 7/26/2011 7:15AM

    Awesome!! YOu can do it - good luck!!!

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KIWIEVIE 7/25/2011 10:34PM

You have already made up your mind....
Just do it...
Your going to be fine.
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