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  • My names Lauren I’m 19 and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2008 after I lost a lot of weight, lost my appetite and was in a lot of pain with my bow...
  • My names Lauren I’m 19 and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2008 after I lost a lot of weight, lost my appetite and was in a lot of pain with my bowel. 🔸 I have been on azaphioprine, steroids, methotrexate and infliximab infusions. I had a colostomy surgery on the 19th of November 2018, unfortunately this turned into an emergency operation as a part of my bowel had perforated and I had to have a section of it removed. 🔸 After surgery was really tough as I was in ICU and then in high dependency as I had an infection which they couldn’t find the right antibiotics for. After 2 weeks in hospital my wound opened up and is still open now, they said it will take around 12 weeks to heal! 🔸 After around 3 weeks I was discharged from hospital just in time for Christmas! I am still very weak and tired but having the colostomy was the best decision of my life as my stoma has given me a new life which I didn’t think was possible. 🔸 #ItTakesGuts to talk about Crohn's, this is Lauren's story @laurencawleyx
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  • On Monday, January 7, 2019 I had a [planned] surgery.
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During my 12th year living with Crohn’s I developed my first ever complications and last we...
  • On Monday, January 7, 2019 I had a [planned] surgery. . During my 12th year living with Crohn’s I developed my first ever complications and last week at the start of my 13th diagnosis anniversary I had my first ever surgery (for anything). . Our bodies take care of us so well. So when I developed a fistula (a connection that formed between my intestine that shouldn’t be there), it created an abscess (pocket of infection). It peaked in September but originated in March. Abscesses create their own walls to keep the infection inside where it can’t leach into the rest of the body. . Unfortunately, this means abscesses are difficult to treat. Despite weeks of antibiotics and a drain and MONTHS of wearing dressings and ostomy bags to catch constant draining, the abscess wouldn’t go away entirely on its own. . Every day I see myself improve. I wanted to let you all now about this big moment in my life and Crohn’s journey and that I am okay. And if YOU are going through something, i understand how painful - mentally and physically - chronic illness can be, but you WILL get better and THRIVE. 💜
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  • Upper body day! My tiredness levels have been quite bad this past week, I’m so exhausted!
  • Upper body day! My tiredness levels have been quite bad this past week, I’m so exhausted!
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  • Today is 41°c and I feel drunk from the heat 🥴my health has been okay lately and I’m really happy about gaining weight but I still have hard days ...
  • Today is 41°c and I feel drunk from the heat 🥴my health has been okay lately and I’m really happy about gaining weight but I still have hard days and I still have pain. I’m seeing my surgeon next week and I’m anxious about what this year will have in store but I’m also grateful and I know this year will be an exciting one. I’m booked in for a bone density scan because of the meds I’ve been on. Fingers crossed my bones are okay and I don’t have the early signs of osteoporosis 😬 if you have Crohn’s has it affected your bones?? • • • • #crohnsdisease #crohns #colitis #ibd #chronicillness #bonedensity #osteoporosis #spoonie #ostomy #ibdawareness
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  • GUESS WHOS GOING HOMEEEE!?!? 😄😄😄😄😄🥳🎉
  • GUESS WHOS GOING HOMEEEE!?!? 😄😄😄😄😄🥳🎉
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  • Smiling my way through surgery prep 😊. -
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Next week I will be having a resection to remove scar tissue in my small intestine. The scar tissue dev...
  • Smiling my way through surgery prep 😊. - • Next week I will be having a resection to remove scar tissue in my small intestine. The scar tissue developed during a bad flare a few years ago, and is something that never goes away. It has created a narrowing in my intestine that needs to be removed, as it has become dangerous to have such a narrow area for food to squeeze through. It puts me at high risk for a blockage. - • I’m not upset about surgery. It is designed to improve my health, and I trust it will do just that. I feel fortunate to have access to a great surgeon, and to have this amazing community. - • Thank you so much for all the advice I have received from you guys. It is truly what has prepared me most for surgery 💜. - • Please feel free to share your surgery stories and tips below! 🙌🏼. - • #CrohnsCooking #WellnessWithDana
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  • Did someone say it’s gym day again!? And did anyone notice I love purple pink when working out 😂it seems to be all I’ve been wearing. In work toda...
  • Did someone say it’s gym day again!? And did anyone notice I love purple pink when working out 😂it seems to be all I’ve been wearing. In work today which I’m loving again, was starting to get bored at home. Planning for this New Years programme and having meetings with lots of people! . . I’ve been feeling slightly sick these past few days, I ate food I wasn’t supposed to over the weekend and feeling pretty grim! But thankfully it passes after a couple of days. Just need to keep going as new year is super busy!
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  • You’d think that with how excited I am to see my dog that she’d at least be happy about the love 🙈 I had a pretty rough day today from a painful n...
  • You’d think that with how excited I am to see my dog that she’d at least be happy about the love 🙈 I had a pretty rough day today from a painful night, to a hospital appointment for more scans where I ended up with a bag leak all over me. It really was as embarrassing as it sounds, but thankfully the techs were amazing and they didn’t make a big deal out of it at all even though I had stuffed tissues all down my trousers. We even realised that the nurse doing the scan was the same one I saw just before we went into the fertility preservation process so we could freeze embryos a few years ago! She remembered me and we spent the whole appointment talking about how it went and we told the other tech all about it too and it turned an uncomfortable scan into a better experience. A lot of the stuff that has to be done because I’m sick is not fun as it can be painful or scary but if it wasn’t for the amazing people I’ve been looked after by then it would be a thousand times worse. I’ve been really frustrated recently because I’ve been in pain for so long now and I’m getting any treatment despite constantly going to appointments but in the next month or so I should be getting more results which should get me a treatment plan that will make me feel better. Just one more appointment this week to get antibiotics then hopefully I’ll have a week to focus just on uni because my dissertation won’t write itself!
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  • Sushi party for one? 🍣
  • Sushi party for one? 🍣
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  • Day 17. I knew the back end of the #whole30 would be hard. This is the time of the month when I am ravenous. I was so hungry today and I wasn’t pre...
  • Day 17. I knew the back end of the #whole30 would be hard. This is the time of the month when I am ravenous. I was so hungry today and I wasn’t prepared enough. Thankfully there is a Chipotle near my office so I got a whole30 bowl for lunch then had my salmon salad lunch for an afternoon snack. Leftover beef and broccoli and sweet potato fries for dinner. I finally feel like I am done eating for the day lol. I started reading Food Freedom Forever today to help me because my enthusiasm is waning and my pms is crying out for chocolate. I was starting to stress about this whole process so much but between Melissa’s stories today and the food freedom book I am back on track. When I start to struggle I just stop and listen to my body, my stomach feels awesome and I don’t have pain in my hands. This is why I’m doing all of this. #januarywhole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree #ibd #paleo #autoimmunedisease #crohnsdisease #crohnswarrior
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Many people talk about a broken heart but they never talk about the actual physical effects that come with it. Li...
  • Picture from a few weeks ago. . . Many people talk about a broken heart but they never talk about the actual physical effects that come with it. Like a physical sore heart because of the stress and grief. Anyways to anyone else suffering heart break, I wish you blessings in this day and the strength to keep fighting on. I’m sure in time it gets better, but I haven’t enough experience or time to know yet. 💕
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  • Our next #IBDstory was sent to me by Brittany @brittanyydevan ! As we see in her story, crohns can take awhile to figure out what medications work ...
  • Our next #IBDstory was sent to me by Brittany @brittanyydevan ! As we see in her story, crohns can take awhile to figure out what medications work for you. Unfortunately, the only way to know is trial and error!Read her story below👇 and don’t forget to #KeepCalmAndFightCrohns 💜💪 ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ #myibdstory My name is Brittany. I’m 26 years old and was diagnosed with crohn’s disease for the first time in August 2011. I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic and got very sick. I was hospitalized and was told I have crohn’s disease. When I came back home, my primary told me there was no way I had crohn’s and took me off all of my medication. Fast forward to two years later after having continuous stomach issues, I was rediagnosed with crohn’s in 2013 by my GI doctor. Since then, I’ve been on a handful of medications and the Humira injection. None of these things have worked. My CRP levels continue to rise and I’ve had no relief.My doctors are in the process of changing my medication and I’ve been eating a lot healthier. I’m hoping the combination of the two really start to help. Although having crohn’s disease makes me upset, my coworkers, friends, and family are my biggest advocates and supporters. I don’t know what I would do without them. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Please comment with support and advice! Send me a DM if you would like to share your story • • • • • • #crohnsdisease #colitis #ibd #staystrong #crohnswarrior #colitiswarrior #ibdwarrior #crohnsawareness #colitisawareness #crohnsfighter #colitisfighter
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  • Today I went to urgent care and was officially diagnosed with a respiratory infection. Well, I knew it but it makes me scared because I’m already s...
  • Today I went to urgent care and was officially diagnosed with a respiratory infection. Well, I knew it but it makes me scared because I’m already so weak. At the doctor’s office was even the first time I’ve had a fever in forever. I was utterly shocked. I’m still numbly cold. She put me on liquid Azithromycin and a nebulizer (thank God!). Although I am super nervous about taking any kind of antibiotics because I know they usually cause severe GI issues. And I definitely don’t want any worse GI issues than I already have. I wonder if all people get side effects from antibiotics. It’s making me so anxious!!! I’m trying to not think about it. At least my doctor was super nice and she actually prescribed me a nebulizer. And I love going to the Urgent Care building because I can make yummy, warm, cozy hot tea. That always cheers me up. I’m praying the antibiotics start working soon and I don’t have any side effects. And I’m still super praying my family gets a gas delivery tomorrow because we could literally possibly run out of gas/heat in the middle of the night. I’m praying God is watching over my family and I!!! And I pray you all have a good and relaxing night!!! #thursday #happythursday #God #praying #grateful #pneumonia #faith #selfie #dontgiveup #warrior #mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxiety #depression #stress #illness #chronicillness #invisibleillness #ibs #ibd #crohns #gastritis #gastroparesis #spoonie #strength #staystrong 🤧😴😩😔😣💪🏻🙏🏻❤️💖
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  • So 9 years ago I was diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's Disease. It's a disease that I feel isn't really discussed enough so I just want to ...
  • So 9 years ago I was diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's Disease. It's a disease that I feel isn't really discussed enough so I just want to do my part in raising some awareness as most people don't know much about it. I've been pretty lucky in terms of complications and it wasn't until today that I had my first Crohn's related surgery, a fistulotomy. I'll spare the details. As for those with curious minds, just ask Google! This will hopefully take care of the random ER trips due to severe pain caused by an abscessing fistula! I'm hoping for a quick recovery so I can start a new training program for cycling. There's some serious adventuring to be had this year with some big cycling goals, can't wait to get to it! As for my fellow crohnies, keep up the fight! Don't let it get you down! Do what you love and let's #kickcrohnsinthebutt . . . . . #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnieforlife #ibd #ibdwarrior #ibdawareness #myfirstsurgery #cycling #itainteasy #letsbeatthis #bestrong
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  • 🎶 Jammin to praise & worship in the ER with a pretty swollen new port. So thankful for prayers. 💛
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“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient ...
  • 🎶 Jammin to praise & worship in the ER with a pretty swollen new port. So thankful for prayers. 💛 // “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made PERFECT in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, THEN I am strong.” [1 Corinthians 12:9-10] #weakmadestrong #sufferstrong #ifitsnowsintheERimprepared
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  • PLEASE HELP!!! SOS SOS SPOONIES UNITE I need help!!
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So ever since starting remicade my hair has been progressively falling out like CRAZY. And I ...
  • PLEASE HELP!!! SOS SOS SPOONIES UNITE I need help!! • So ever since starting remicade my hair has been progressively falling out like CRAZY. And I mean CRAZY. I used to have a THICK full head of hair and I’m down to about maybe 1/4 of that amount. • First pic is before remicade. Doesn’t do my hair justice but my buns used to be HUGE. second is tonight. I am at a loss. My hair was the one true thing I loved about myself and now I’m losing that too??? • Third pic is my scalp, I’m developing psoriasis, fourth is a CHUNK of hair that came out with my skin still attached (this happened while I was driving and I had to pull over and cry my eyes out) and the last is when I shower. That much comes out every. single. time. • I stopped brushing my hair, washing my hair, and don’t wear it down because of how dry my scalp is it is just down right EMBARRASSING. has anyone else experienced this???? If so what has helped!?! I am in tears every time I pull my hair up, think about showering, or brush my hair. • I have brought it up to my GI more than enough times and he brushes it off and says that since the remicade is helping the hair loss isn’t a big deal. But I’m a 21 year old girl who is BALDING, I think my mental health is more important. So PLEASE if you have any advice, tips, tricks I’m begging with my whole being please comment or message me. I’ve even contacted the company that produces the remicade, and have considered stopping my infusions. #help #advice
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  • Let’s talk about •gut health• loves!💛 This is one of my favorite topics when it comes to optimal health and healing. Do you have constipation, dia...
  • Let’s talk about •gut health• loves!💛 This is one of my favorite topics when it comes to optimal health and healing. Do you have constipation, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, burping, cramping, gas, or bloating? . If so, I know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be when your digestion is impaired. It can disrupt your mood, schedule, sleep, what you wear, what you do, your entire day, etc! Poor gut health can be absolutely debilitating in so many ways and I want to help jump start your healing today!🙏🏼 . Here are my top tips to start the gut healing process: ✨Chew your food slowly. Key word: slowly! Try to sit down + chew your food 30x before swallowing. ✨Never eat on the go. Give yourself enough time to eat. At least 20-30 minutes. ✨When you’re having a meal, keep liquids to a minimum. Having a full glass of something to wash down a meal can make it harder for our digestive enzymes to do their job! Thus creating digestive disorders. ✨Try eating meals instead of snacking throughout the day. Your gut needs a break, + snacking keeps it working all the livelong day. Just make sure you’re eating enough fiber, protein, + healthy fats during your meals to keep you satiated. ✨”The stove is your first stomach.” Meaning - cook your food.☺️ Eat cooked food that is warmed up. It’s easier to digest! Cold food stagnates digestion and creates inflammation. ✨Probiotics! We live in such a “sanitized” world nowadays, and we need to get a little dirty in order for our microbiome to be happy and healthy. Taking the right probiotics for you and your body is so important! Populating our gut with the proper bugs i.e. probiotics will only help heal your digestion, immune system, + overall health. I help my patients find the right probiotics to fit their own personal digestive health needs. . One of my specialties is gut health and optimizing digestion! I have years of clinical and personal experience in this area and Naturopathic + Chinese medicine can heal and cure your gut once and for all. . I would be honored to work with you and take your health a step further together.🌟 Shoot me an email or head to my website to schedule and get the healing process started!
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  • My HAPPY face when I find something to eat at a restaurant that doesn’t lead to odd grumbling tummy noises that the whole table can hear 🙈 “What w...
  • My HAPPY face when I find something to eat at a restaurant that doesn’t lead to odd grumbling tummy noises that the whole table can hear 🙈 “What was that?” “Did anyone hear that?” NOPE not me🤫
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