Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Been Awhile...

It has been 3 years and two months since my last post. It doesn't feel like 3 years, but...  I definitely miss writing and sharing how I'm feeling and doing.  There are a good amount of things that have
changed for me.
Me out taking photos like always. 

The last time I posted, it was just after the new year, and I listed some goals.   Diet was mentioned.  I can say since 2015 that my diet is better, but still has a way to go. Avoiding certain types of food has become easy.  There are still weaknesses. Ice cream, I'm looking at you.  I think I can say that I am a portion control ninja. That, and I just cannot eat a huge plate.  So, I try to be selective.  I've gotten better control of my weight.  Better eating, and little more active.

I also wrote about being more active.  It took awhile, but I am in the gym multiple days a week, and it feels pretty good.  Since the seasons are changing, I hope to be outdoors a little more.

Pain and cramps are still something I deal with daily. Like right now.  I have my coping mechanisms. But, it still sucks.

Let's see if I can stick to some sort of commitment and actually share here. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, a Better Me

Happy new year! 2014 is behind us, and it's time to look forward to a healthy, pain and flare free 2015.

I plan on accomplishing this for myself a few ways.  First, diet.  I've never really controlled what I have eaten since having Crohns.  I know what foods will bother me more than others, but I've never kept track of everything.  I would like to pay attention to what is bothering me, and actually try to eliminate it.  This goes for drinks as well.  I drink way too much soda, and never enough water.

Second, is stress.  I manage pretty well, but I should would like to remove the stressors from life.  I recognize how my body feels when stressed, and it's just better being happy.

The last thing is physical activity.  My weight has gone up and down a lot since 2007, and even now will swing wildly week by week.  For a long time I was feeling horrible, but since I better, I want to take advantage of that.  I feel great after working out, plus it always helps with stress.

I hope you all have a great year.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Alcohol and Crohn's Disease - IBD

I've had Crohns since 2007, and one of the questions I am always asked is if I drink.   I tell people that I only drink when I go out to bars.  When I do drink, it is usually a cocktail.

Alcohol may affect each us with IBD differently.  For me, beer always bothers my stomach.  From what I had read, it is probably the yeast. Wine always seems to make things feel bad as well.   I think most fermented drinks cause me issues.

But, what about you?  It is always best to do your research.   Read the warning labels that comes with your prescriptions. Some may tell you not to drink at all, or may limit the amount you drink. However, the best things is to check with your doctor.   They will definetely let you know if you aren't sure.

Be safe and happy drinking crohnies.  Cheers!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Loving the #GetYourBellyOut Campaign. Keep up the awesome work!

If you follow a lot of IBD, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis sufferers on Youtube and Twitter, you've probably run across the hashtag GetYourBellyOut.

What is that?  It's an awesome group of people bringing awareness to all forms of IBD.  You will mostly see people bearing their stomachs to show their scars(badges), and ostomy bags.  It is so awesome! These IBD warriors are so brave.  It takes a lot of courage to not be afraid, and not be ashamed.

Crohn's and UC often makes suffers feel soooo self-conscious.  This is bring strength and awareness to IBD.  I hope this get's so much attention.  Maybe this is the IBD ice bucket moment.

Search GetYourBellyOut on twitter, facebook, youtube, and the web.

Updated IBD Public Service Announcement. Please See a Doctor if You Are Having Crohn's Disease Symptoms.

This will be a pretty quick post.  If you are having any of the symptoms listed below, please see a doctor.  You really may be saving your life, or at least stopping things from getting worse.

Like I mention in my video, I waited 7 or 8 months before I went.  The pain just became to unbearable. And since I had no clue what was going on, I just kept doing the things that were causing the pain.

Don't be afraid.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

-Fever and fatigue
-Abdominal pain and cramping
-Blood in your stool
-Mouth sores
-Reduced appetite and weight loss
-Perianal disease
-Increased abdominal sounds

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A New Domain, and my Gluten Free Granola Bar Taste Test

Hey crohnies.  I have a couple things to share today.  Check out this post or watch the video. Or do both! Lol.  

I picked up a couple of new domains.  The first is ImCrohnsFighter.com.  That's what you are reading right now.  I used to have CrohnsFighter.com, but didn't pay attention and it expired.  Makes me sad.  I REALLY loved that domain.  Someone scooped it up, and it points to a shoe site now.  That sucks.  But, I like the new one.  I think it explains the site and who I am. 

The second domain is ImACrohnsfighter.com.  I would love to build a community around that name with all sorts of news and help with IBD. It would be awesome to see that on a t-shirt!  We will see how that develops.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Not exactly Crohn's Disease Related. But, Go Royals

My job got us together to form the KC for the Royals.  It's cool that my hometown team is going to the World Series.  #BeRoyal

Same pic on instagram

A photo posted by Rodney Taylor (@tayloredkc) on


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