Throw Back Thursday!
Well hello there!
First of all I’d like to give you a big “thank you!” if you’re reading this page. Your interest and support means the world to me and my family.
I never thought I’d be sitting here writing this. I’ve always been private with my personal life so this is taking a big leap for me... and I’m so glad that I’ve made this leap! It just feels like the right thing to do!
The photo attached to this blog is of me, sitting lonely in a hospital bed, probably feeling sorry for myself. It was the night of my son’s fourth birthday. My doctor hesitantly but kindly gave me gate leave for the day... so I escaped not wanting to miss a moment of my son’s big day. Since my diagnosis, late last year, I’d missed many special occasions. I DID NOT want to miss out on my only son’s most special day! I remember the physical pain of eating his birthday dinner that night! And then the emotional pain of saying good bye and crawling back to my hospital bed at the end of the day.
Having IBD is no walk in the park (if you don’t know exactly what it is... give it a quick google search. Just imagine having gastro non stop for a few months with added blood, pain and gore). It is hands down the toughest thing I’ve endured in my life but it has taught me so much. It has taught me how to appreciate life and to live in the here and now! It has taught me to really appreciate those around me. It has also renewed my appreciation of food and what good food is! (Yes I might even be turning into a bit of a food snob).
Two months ago I was sitting in a hospital bed being told there was a high percentage I’d be with a bowel no longer! And now I’m preparing for a 150km running challenge and feeling powerful and on top of the world!
Your body can do amazing things.
The medical world can do amazing things! I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the advances in medicine.
There are so many people just like me living with this chronic condition every day. Kids, adults, teens, elderly. It is most commonly diagnosed in people aged between 15-30. It is debilitating and flare ups can strike at any time, although usually triggered by stress and other environmental factors. No one knows what causes it but flare ups can last a few days to years!! Maybe one day there will be a cure, but for now, it’s about enjoying life whenever you can! It’s about being kind to yourself when you’re at your weakest. It’s about not letting your “disease” imprison you!
Whatever your life struggle is, go out and kick some big butt! Don’t take life too seriously, relax, and enjoy!!
And don’t forget to live fearlessly ?
I'm undertaking the Live Fearless Challenge this September
I'm putting on my sneakers to achieve 150kms and raise awareness and much needed funds for people living in Australia with IBD.
All proceeds go towards Crohn's & Colitis Australia who provide research, education and advocacy programs for people living with IBD.
As I tackle this physical challenge, it will help to know that you have supported me with even a small donation.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Thank you to my Sponsors
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Connie And John Parker
Andrew & Ros