Getting Healthy Despite a Chronic Illness

Hi Everyone! My name is Val and despite dealing with a couple of chronic illnesses, I’m trying my best to get healthy. For me, that doesn’t mean getting ripped and toned. It means learning what my limits are, and what I can do to increase them.

 

I have Crohn’s disease, as well as the beginnings of arthritis and fibromyalgia. This means that a lot of the advice to lose weight (eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, cut simple carbs, move a lot) I can’t always follow. I want to. I love fresh fruits and veggies, especially now in summer. But they don’t love me.

 

For those who aren’t familiar with Crohn’s, it’s an autoimmune disease. My immune system considers my gastro-intestinal system to be a foreign intruder, and attacks it. There’s no cure. I’ve been dealing with it since my final year of college, which is 20 years ago this year. I deal with aches, pains, fatigue, and days where the only thing that stays in my stomach is ginger ale and white rice or toast. Not exactly the healthiest food. Also, it’s a stress-aggravated illness, which is loads of fun, considering my day job is in the financial sector. And in the past two years, I’ve lost my grandmother, my mother, and my husband.

 

But I’m slowly working on everything. With the approval of my gastroenterologist, I’m now on the Herbalife program of shakes and powders, and I’m getting more active. I’m going to be blogging here about my journey through life, the highs and the lows, and how I deal with my disease and my health at the same time. It’s going to be an interesting journey, I hope.

 

Feel free to ask me any questions you’d like. I’m very upfront about my disease, and if I can help folks, I’m happy to! Just be warned, there may be some TMI warnings. Crohn’s is a gross disease.

 

-Val

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