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12/17/13 10:21 A

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I am new to this group as well as another one. Free Gluten my doctor has put me on.

I have colitis. I have the scopes done and also the Biopsy. Just been in Emerge as I had a problem occur as well with Diverticulitis.. So had to go on fluids and now back on a new way of eating. Gluten free.

So trial and error as I have to also deal learning the foods for my diverticular which now is effected but on the mend now.


I keep a diary and will put on here of my own. My moods. Which is very important. I have been a rather doer to all instead of taking care of me.

So that I have to change. It will be a big adjustment. To just lay back. It has to happen though.

I feel I was sort of like Edith on that way back program. Anything anyone would say they wanted me to do. There I was but not to have a hubby she had. Thank goodness. Just going out of my way to do and drop things at my place. Stress is a factor with any of these disease. Relax and smell the roses of life.

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9/21/10 3:59 P

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I was just diagnosed as well, and I got a book about Crohn's from the library, and helwynn is right - so many random things can actually be connected to your crohn's. I am having trouble with the stress part of it; I am a stressed out worrier by nature and that's a definite problem. I've started working out more and going to a counselor to help deal with it. I do get angry when people don't grasp the seriousness of it. I explained to my coworkers what it was and one of them said, "I'm sorry to hear your stomach is kind of acting up again." Then she proceeded to tell me all the horrible things that would happen once I was on prednisone. I am trying to ignore stuff like that!

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8/30/10 10:49 A

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Keeping positive is extremely important. Another suggestion is to keep a food/feeling diary (either paper or online). Write down what you eat but also write down how you feel and what symptoms you have each day.

You might realize some things are connected that you wouldn't have considered. And share this with your doctor.

Try to keep your stress levels down. Stress can aggravate Crohns sometimes, so remember to take time for yourself and find ways to de-stress yourself.

Also, let your GI doc know about any weird things (no matter how you think they might not be related) that are going on with you. Sometimes Crohns can have some odd symptoms. My first doctor I went to didn't really let me know about other things that can be connected to Crohns which was a bit of a surprise.

Good luck!

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8/3/10 9:39 P

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I just take it one day at a time. I try and always think positive thoughts!

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6/20/10 11:58 A

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Hey everyone, I just joined the team, and am newly diagnosed with Crohns, I am wondering how to stay motivated when dealing with a chronic illness

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