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The Layers of Unhappiness

Eckhart Tolle tells a story in A New Earth about a woman who came to him with a multitude of life's problems and the unhappiness that plagued her. After listing the reasons why she was so unhappy Eckhart asked her if could she be okay with being unhappy? This enraged her. NO of course she's not okay with it. Thus adding another layer of unhappiness. Having Ulcerative Colitis it is a challenge for me (as it is for all suffering from a chronic illness) to not fall into the pit of despair. But, this story illustrated for me the layers [...]

By | 2017-10-16T14:23:36+00:00 October 16th, 2017|0 Comments


The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America are asking for true stories about living with  IBD and for selfies of the people who are living the life. My husband and I were married New Years Eve 2009.  He being American and me being Canadian we were apart the first year of our marriage awaiting his visa.  We sent each other selfies every day, sometimes numerous times a day. During this time I was suffering very badly from an Ulcerative Colitis flare up so the majority of my pictures were of me in bed, on the couch or in the hospital.  It [...]

By | 2017-10-16T14:19:59+00:00 August 18th, 2014|0 Comments

The Origin Story

This is how it began: I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1999 when I was 23. I did not take care of it and spent the next 12 years generally feeling annoyed by it. Shortly after my diagnosis in 2000 I was introduced to The Fellowship of the Ring. I had heard of The Lord of The Rings, but I knew very little of it.  I went with no expectation and left with a hole in my soul and wanting to know everything. I saw it six times in theaters and each night I came home and cried. It [...]

By | 2017-06-21T22:17:15+00:00 August 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Chose Discomfort Over Resentment

Brené Brown famously and bravely spoke at a Tedtalk seminar about vulnerability and it exploded. I have learned much from her research on shame and consider her a mentor to me. Here she writes about the importance of setting up boundaries. When you have a chronic illness that is invisible, it's hard for people to understand because "you don't look sick". In last month O's Brene talks about taking on too much, because you feel obligated etc. As people with a disease we can relate with saying yes to things when we really want to say no.  Not knowing how [...]

By | 2017-06-17T16:30:32+00:00 September 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Chose Discomfort Over Resentment

5 Simple Things That Bring Peace To My Crazy IBD Brain.

Creating a peaceful environment is my first step to silencing the mind.   Like a lot of Colitis sufferers, many of my thoughts and memories are painful.  It's like my mind is trying to numb my physical pain and discomfort by creating mental pain and discomfort.  I know I'm not alone in saying that this is detrimental to our health and if we can't calm our minds we will never calm our gut.  These are a few things that bring me peace and help calm my mind. Lighting a candle -  So simple and it really is very soothing.  It's [...]

By | 2017-08-11T11:54:29+00:00 August 30th, 2013|4 Comments

10 Things Only People With a Inflammatory Bowel Disease Would Appreciate

10.  My pain meds and iron pills are in plain sight.  This last flare up has given me an appreciation for my pain pills and what they can do for me to help me heal.  I continue my homeopathic ways with the pain management, but I needed a bigger stronger hit to calm stuff down.  Still have not done oral steroids. 9.  Leaving the house completely pain and discomfort free is a luxury and few and far between.  When I first started dating my husband I was in constant discomfort for months.  It was only recently that I told him [...]

By | 2017-08-11T11:54:37+00:00 August 26th, 2013|3 Comments