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Welcome Crohnies

Updated: Jan 7, 2020

My name is Suzy, and I'd like to welcome you to my site. Let me start by telling you why I created this website. I was first diagnosed with Crohn's disease in August of 2008; however, I now believe I had it much earlier than that. If I take my best guess, high school is when I first started having bowel issues. Alright, so back to '08. During this time, the internet was just starting to take off, and social media was a thing of the future. That being said, everything I read about Crohn's disease was pretty dark and gloomy. I couldn't find anything positive, or supportive in my effort to disect this condition and see how I was going to cope with it. People who know me, know I'm a pretty optimistic person, but this was an incredibly tough time in my life. My family was, and has continued to be my rock as I learned more about this disease. That still wasn't enough though. It wasn't until I met my "people" that I started accepting my disease. It helped to hear other stories of what fellow Crohnies were going through. This link/bond offered a different kind of support that I hadn't experienced before. Now, fast forward eleven years. I am married, have two little girls, and have a baby boy on the way. I am 40 years old, and with that comes a lot of stories/experiences that I want to share. My goal is to offer support to those recently diagnosed, and swap stories with Crohnies at any point in their journey. I hope to put a positive spin on things as well because that wasn't a reality when I was diagnosed. Even doctors were still trying to figure out everything it entailed. Yes, Crohn's disease is a serious condition (as are many others), but I feel it's how we choose to deal with it that makes the difference. I invite you to read my stories, share your own, or send it to someone who might need to read it. My posts will be a combination of my memories and recollections throughout the years until I get caught up to present time. Right now, I'm just building upon a dream I've had, but hopefully my aspirations come to fruition with your help. Eventually, I hope to have more available on my site, such as tips and tricks for dealing with flares and diet choices. Actually, I don't like the word "diet." I prefer lifestyle choices. Readers beware: I am brutally honest and expose my vulnerable side. I hope you enjoy reading, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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