an affirmation

My Crohns has come back and i was thoroughly pissed off about it, at the time I was developing some video workshops for kids around the idea of self esteem. Part of the process was that they should write something about themselves with only 2 rules it begins with ' myname is...' and ends with 'and I'm all right'

as part of the process I wrote one for myself and i would encourage other people to do the same it's actually quite liberating to share this sort of stuff and to know you're not on your own with it.. anyway here's mine

My name is Paul Fellowes and for the past 27 years I have suffered from Crohn's disease, in that time I have visited 14 hospitals in two hemispheres seen around 50 qualified doctors,and around 30 med students who all lined up to hear my stomach splash, I've had 32 endoscopys, 14 colonoscopys, 7 barium x-rays, 2 barium enemas and a sigmoidoscopy, I've 2 major operations taken methasalazyne, sulphasalazyne, imuran, zantac and a host of others I can't even begin to remember, I've had the moments every crohn's sufferer dreads driving up the freeway with 15k to the services sometimes just made it, sometimes just didn't.
I've suffered indescribable pain, terrible embarassment, created gases that could be used in chemical warfare, been unable to keep any food down for days on end and very very nearly slipped off this mortal coil

I've been married, divorced, engaged twice, married again I've fathered 3 wonderful children, climbed mountains and jumped off them, I've played football with a socceroo, boxed a state MP made films and music videos that people have actually watched and enjoyed, I've trained young girls in technical theatre skills(and common sense), I've helped young people get back on the right side of the law, raised thousands of dollars for charity and most importantly fallen in love and stayed there

Am I upset that my crohn's is back ....definately

Do I hate my Crohn's?

No because it's part of me and I'm allright

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by: Annette

Your post is really moving and I'm sure it will serve to help others. Positive thinking and facing the disease head-on can help you to fight it and to lessen the impact on your life. We know there is no known cure so managing the disease and adapting is significant.

Crohn's is unpredictable. We all know that and it has a way of coming back at you even after a long period with little or no symptoms.

Positive thinking is more to help you and everyone who suffers from this disease to be able to adapt, stay positive and focused and to realize that you can still achieve so much.

Positive statements- affirmations can also help to endorse this attitude and they work. They can help you to get through the day when its difficult, help you to raise your self-esteem when you are feeling low and to face uphill battles. When you use them enough, they work as a pick-me-up when times are hard.

Affirmations are positive statements of intent and they can be personalized to suit your individual needs. Crohns disease can limit your lifestyle choices that's for sure, but, you can still have an incredibly rich life as many of you are proving.

Good luck to all of you who have posted and to anyone who has been diagnosed with this disease.

Really nice post!
by: Vanessa

Thank you for posting this post, I just love the ending "and I am alright". I have the CD since 13 years and you know what, I am allright :)

Amazing life can go on !!!!!
by: Lizzie

Reading yours affirmation made me stop and think no matter what this lovely little disease can chuck at you, you can still do so much with your life why put up with it.
Life is a struggle at times but i look at my young family and know i am alright xxxxx

Thank You
by: Sean

Thank You for your perspective, as I look back on my many years with this disease, I often times reflect back on who I was before and who I am now.
My name is Sean. I truly am blessed when I read what so many have been through. I have a wonderful life, wife and 3 great sons and as sick as I get at times. I'm alright

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