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07-07-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
brianvt
 
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Life is good and I have Crohn's

My name's Brian and I was diagnosed with Crohn's three years ago. Just want to say that it's great that this forum is here. I blog about everything else in my life, so why not something as important as this? I've had my ups and downs with the disease. There was a lot of childhood embarassment involved, but part of that was due to the fact that I never wanted to talk to anyone about it. In my 20's I was a very heavy drinker. Heavy drinkers don't poop right either so it was all good. Things got a little more serious and I ended up dealing with repeat fistulas over a 5 year span. I've had countless visits with doctors and specialists and I now see the g.i. doc every six months. I get remicade every 6 weeks. Since the remicade infusions began, I think I've had one fistula drained. These procedures have been ruthless in time and pain. I've read a lot of posts here and I understand the depression involved with a diagnosis, but I want to share in the last couple of years I've gotten off the booze and depression meds. I have found a diet that works most of the time for me and I've even lost 20 lbs. Getting the diagnosis was a bit of a blessing in disguise. Things aren't perfect but my life is as good now as it has ever been. I guess I just want to say that while I have my bad days, things are pretty good most of the time. Maybe I needed to write this for myself as much as anybody else; and maybe it can help somebody who's having a bad day.
07-07-2013, 08:25 AM   #2
***Lisa***
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Hi Brian & welcome to the forum! Thank you for sharing your success story. Often times, people only post on here when they are down & need help, but once they feel better they leave the forum until they are in crisis again. Thank you for making my day with your success story. I hope your remission continues for a very, very long time!
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