Life is far from a carousel ride in the park and is probably more equated to a roller coaster especially if you are living life with a chronic illness such as Crohn’s Disease. While yes you might be angry or mad at yourself for getting on board, strapping yourself in the roller coaster. Sometimes the drops are terrifying and frightening not knowing what is coming around the corner, but you somehow make it through to the other end and all of a sudden are looking forward to what is next.
The same can be said for living life with Crohn’s disease, there are times when you are beyond scared, angry, mad, feeling like your body has betrayed you, feeling like your body is the enemy. These drops and rapid turns are like a flare you never know when they are coming. Then there are other times where the living is easy and you are smiling ear to ear and BAM another drop! While this could imaginably be hard on anyone, especially if you are young, vibrant, and at a time where you should be living life to the fullest. What makes it even harder is this an invisible disease and while one might look healthy on the outside your insides are all twisted and shouting out in pain. While the advancements have been amazing there is still not a cure and each more and more people are being diagnosed.
My New Year and birthday advice to myself was that life is all about the little bumps and bruises and the hidden curves along the way. To embark on a new outlook towards life. With intensions to be bold and follow my dreams, not settling. Listening to my inner voice. Taking chances. Dance it out in my pajamas. Understanding that yes, sometimes taking a chance gives us a second chance. Here I go with my third year fundraising and raising awareness for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
And while you can’t alway’s choose what is thrown your way, what matters is how we handle these curve balls that comes our way. I like to think that I handle it with a little bit of grace, whole lot of strength, and whole lot of dancing it out! While I can’t hop on a float in the middle of Chicago with Ferris Bueller to spread Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness I can invite you to this virtual dance floor. Join me and let’s twist and shout out Crohn’s Disease!
Will you twist and shout out Crohn’s and Colitis with me on this virtual dance floor? I dare you! I challenge you to dance it out in your pj’s and if you don’t please be sure to click on the link to donate! Every penny counts!!
***Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.