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6/26/13 2:55 P

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Don't know if you go to any support groups. I used to go to a lot of them but the one I liked best was www.dailystrength.org/

Both Crohn's and Colitis are in one group, www.dailystrength.org/c/Crohns-Disea
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-Ulcerative-Colitis/support-group
. Because of that the current discussion might not be helpful, but you can search past discussions for topics that might help you. I found it to be a good group of people. Daily Strength is free and safe.

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens


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6/26/13 9:58 A

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I wrote you a reply Susan about foods that bother people with IBD but it contained far more information than most folks would want so I've cut it out and will send you an e-mail message. The gist of it is that we are all individuals and just as we are different so are our symptoms and the causes although there are some generalities. Check your e-mail and if I can answer any other questions I will try to do so.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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6/26/13 3:38 A

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Hello,
You have been through quite a lot. I need to really get serious about my diet choices / lifestyle choices. I got up (it's 3:29 am now) because the arthritis in my knees are hurting (all the time) and my leg is in pain (the biopsy they took last week is infected and part of the tissue is grey, and the specialist said it is 'dying'-she'll be back on Friday to check it).

What foods do you avoid? I really need to get 'all under control'. Thanks so much for your response. Maybe I need to go back and visit my GI. I went 2 years ago (I hate drinking that 'drink' before the procedures). Take care. Susan

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6/26/13 3:32 A

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Hello,
We're quite similar (age and complications); I have a Mitral Valve Prolapse as well. I pray your health gets better and I know what you mean by the 'nutrition tracker' helping you to realize what you're eating. I still need to figure out how to use it. I'll work on that.

I know I need to do 'baby steps'; however, I hope to have a significant change in my eating and exercise behaviors, and by the end of a year, significant weight loss.

Thank you for your encouragement. Be well. Susan

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6/25/13 10:27 A

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forgot to mention - you might want to check out the IBS SparkTeam.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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6/25/13 10:23 A

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Welcome - I haven't been on that long either. I agree with what BeBarb says (I can't get used to the coded names, lol). I'm 64. I don't have coliltis but I have Crohn's and the pain and discomfort and arthritis are similar. I have Mitral Valve Regurgitation as well as Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Congestive Heart Failure, and I'm a Type II Diabetic. There are other medical issues as well. Do try and use the nutrition tracker - I was surprised at what I was eating. I thought I had a handle on the nutrients and such but I was way off. Logging has helped me plan ahead, helps curb impulse eating, helps keep me on track - not all the time - we're human, eh! (Canadian here, lol). Good luck on your journey. You've set yourself quite a goal - you might find it easier to have smaller goals leading to that big weight loss - I know I would.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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6/25/13 9:05 A

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Welcome. I've dealt with ulcerative colitis for the past several years and it just makes you tired if you don't get it under control. Even now, after having had I colectomy that included my ileum leaving only my rectum I have flair ups, which means days and even weeks of having to push myself to do anything. I had the arthritis that goes with it, too, and that is very painful. Thankfully I haven't had an episode of arthritis since my surgery. I know the doctors say diet is not a factor, but if you keep a food diary and change your diet to eliminate the foods that seem to worsen your colitis, it does make a difference, and you'll at least have a start on getting your energy back.

Glad you decided to join us.

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6/25/13 8:24 A

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emoticon I wish you well on your journey towards weight loss and being healthier. you will find lots of support from fellow Spark people.

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6/25/13 7:58 A

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Hi, Thanks to my friend Elaine, I've decided to join Spark People. Anyway, I have so many health issues and I need to change in order to enjoy a better quality of life. I'm now 64 years old, still working (teacher-3 years to the drop), and I have several health issues of which I'm aware: Type II Diabetes; Diverticulosis; Ulcerative Colitis; Arthritis / Joint pain, especially in the knees; Mitral Valve Prolapse and arrhythmia; Depression at times and I'm having some problems with wounds healing. I need to make a severe change in diet. I don't have a lot of energy-I walk off and on. I need to be consistent. I'm making a goal to lose over 100 pounds (I weigh 239 and want to get to, at least, 120). I really like listening to Dr. Fuhrman's healthy eating plan (mostly veggies, grains, etc.) and I've listened to "Fat, Sick, and Almost Dead" multiple times. Very good! But I have a hard time sticking to plans. I need help. Also, I want to write children's books / books and more (dream since childhood). I don't have a lot of time left (being 64 years old). I just need to get serious, get encouragement / support and actually do something. I can't think of anything else to say at this moment. I'll check out the sites that I have seen 'pop-up' above this message board. Thanks. Susan

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