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10 reasons to join the Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group

1. It’s full of other people with connections to IBD.
2. It’s a safe forum to ask any and all IBD questions.
3. It’s a way to connect with others on the Mighty community.
4. I’m one of the group leaders (living with #UlcerativeColitis ), and I’m pretty cool.
5. We want to normalize talking about poop.
6. We do Q&As with partners like Girls with Guts.
7. It’s a small but “Mighty” community that we want to grow.
8. It’s supportive.
9. Why not?
10. Do it today!

You can search the groups to join. #CrohnsDisease #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #ChronicIllness #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS

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What is something you wish people knew about living with Crohn's?

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Lack Of Energy

I’m coming up with excuses as reasons not to hang out with a friend. In reality, I just don’t have the energy to be able to do that today. Not right now at least. And that’s the thing with chronic pain and illness. I’m now starting to see and feel the effects. As I have gotten older, I have had to grieve life before as I knew it.
Years of battling eating disorders, mental health issues, trauma, and physical health issues have taken a toll on my body and I’m still nowhere near answers as to what is wrong with me, making me feel like I am crazy.
How do you tell a friend because of your health you don’t have the energy to hang out with him when he takes things personal? How do you tell your family members you love them and want to hang out with them but you just don’t have the energy to be around people or in the general public when you hardly see some of them because they live in Louisiana and East Texas? How do you tell your close school friends that you want to be at that party later but you have a bbq and pool party already reserved for that day and by the end of you will no longer have the energy to be doing anything more? How can you have so little energy when before, you were up for anything- stayed out at bars until 2 am, took midnight trips to walk on the beach at Galveston, hiked, kickboxed, strength-trained, danced, and ran every morning while doing chores and going to college? How did everything fall apart to having little to no energy and spending part time in a wheelchair and part time on crutches after years of being mobile, physical, and having energy despite battling a deadly eating disorder? And suddenly now that I’m in recovery, my body seems to be shutting down. I’ll find out soon if it’s PCOS or something else causing the nausea, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, and non-healing bone injuries to my hips and spine. I’ve been in recovering long enough that my eating disorder shouldn’t be causing any issues. But what if it’s only that that’s wrong? What if it’s more? What if is PCOS and what will my life look like after the diagnosis? My medical team had narrowed it down to that. Now I await answers. How does one go about life in the meantime, not knowing what’s wrong while friends want to hang out? This road is long and it is isolating and like many, I feel alone. I also know I’m not the only one who feels the way I do. For that, I’m thankful for the sense of community and would love to be a voice for others as well when they can’t put things into words. Now we wait. #EatingDisorder #IBS #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #lackofenergy

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Lack Of Energy

I’m coming up with excuses as reasons not to hang out with a friend. In reality, I just don’t have the energy to be able to do that today. Not right now at least. And that’s the thing with chronic pain and illness. I’m now starting to see and feel the effects. As I have gotten older, I have had to grieve life before as I knew it.
Years of battling eating disorders, mental health issues, trauma, and physical health issues have taken a toll on my body and I’m still nowhere near answers as to what is wrong with me, making me feel like I am crazy.
How do you tell a friend because of your health you don’t have the energy to hang out with him when he takes things personal? How do you tell your family members you love them and want to hang out with them but you just don’t have the energy to be around people or in the general public when you hardly see some of them because they live in Louisiana and East Texas? How do you tell your close school friends that you want to be at that party later but you have a bbq and pool party already reserved for that day and by the end of you will no longer have the energy to be doing anything more? How can you have so little energy when before, you were up for anything- stayed out at bars until 2 am, took midnight trips to walk on the beach at Galveston, hiked, kickboxed, strength-trained, danced, and ran every morning while doing chores and going to college? How did everything fall apart to having little to no energy and spending part time in a wheelchair and part time on crutches after years of being mobile, physical, and having energy despite battling a deadly eating disorder? And suddenly now that I’m in recovery, my body seems to be shutting down. I’ll find out soon if it’s PCOS or something else causing the nausea, digestive issues, hormone imbalances, and non-healing bone injuries to my hips and spine. I’ve been in recovering long enough that my eating disorder shouldn’t be causing any issues. But what if it’s only that that’s wrong? What if it’s more? What if is PCOS and what will my life look like after the diagnosis? My medical team had narrowed it down to that. Now I await answers. How does one go about life in the meantime, not knowing what’s wrong while friends want to hang out? This road is long and it is isolating and like many, I feel alone. I also know I’m not the only one who feels the way I do. For that, I’m thankful for the sense of community and would love to be a voice for others as well when they can’t put things into words. Now we wait. #EatingDisorder #IBS #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #lackofenergy

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Reactions by Melanie R.

Reactions, Reactions.
Pulsed like contractions.
Not just the pain,
I’ve been through it;
in my body now all of these years.

Just then it hit me.
Wild fire and crippling.
Felt the burn as I waited,
and prayed in the dark suffering.
As My savior led the way,
because reactions were made.

Can’t hold it back now; not the same.
Don’t feel right being this way.
Passed through old familiar strains.
Flooded fields, fluttered gates.
Did my body betray?,
While reactions were made?

Should’ve known it was coming,
Pointed straight to my trusting.
Would’ve loved this to heal me,
and soul-fire fill me;
but reactions-
were no over-reaction.

As it raced through my veins;
He saved me from hurt,
and the poisoning flame.
Rescued out of that day-
because reactions were made.

There He shared in the low,
Shook it off-
He’s in control.
All my asking He Knows-
My reaction through pain.

Started from a reaction,
New life put me in action-
I am healed through His Name!

#MitochondrialDisease #ChronicInflammatoryDemyelinatingPolyneuropathy #RareDisease #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #InsideTheMighty #RheumatoidArthritis #MightyPoets #RheumatoidArthritis #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease

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Pain Girl by Melanie R.

Pain Girl by Melanie R.

The chronically ill that experience continuous pain in multiple areas everyday, myself included, dread the doctor office doodle I have dubbed “Pain Girl!” She’s infamously found in every pain clinic/doctor office and is said to have the ability to accurately depict the agony the chronic illness sufferer experiences with pencil smudges and a 1-10 score! Of course pain can only go to 10… said no rare chronic illness sufferer ever!
We are usually asked to circle the painful areas on a blurry drawing; labeling S for stabbing, B for burning, etc.
Such little information could be drawn for what I was experiencing with rare chronic illness. I usually had a Picasso painting to present most times! (Some say scribbles of frustration,…I say Picasso!) I don’t think I could even see Pain Girl under my swirling circles and slashes of pain. Making your doctor and yourself laugh while struggling in pain is always a plus.

So in the honor of Christ, the healing of the Body that Christ brings, and infamous pain girl, make a Picasso of your pain and healing.
Draw, paint, doodle, or get crafty making a picture of your pain girl/boy. Color the areas where you experience pain, swelling, stiffness, etc., then draw a cross, put a sticker, a heart, (whatever you want) as your symbol that:

-God is aware
-Hears your cries for relief
-you will be fully restored and healed.
-It won’t be long, etc.
Think of your own too.
Make it fun.
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Today could be the last day of suffering. Today could be the day of His return. Living in the body of Christ it proves that even though we are sick in body, we can heal, and be healed already. Suffer well! Healing will come!

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

3 John 1:2

I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 30:17

#MitochondrialDisease #ChronicIllness #BackPain #ChronicInflammatoryDemyelinatingPolyneuropathy #ChronicPain #Jesus #suffering #InsideTheMighty #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #RareDisease #Hyperthyroidism #RheumatoidArthritis

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