I’ve Gone Through Enough Pain Everyday To Make You Crazy

I’ve gone through enough pain everyday to make you crazy I’ve had surgery to remove parts of my body because of how sick they were. I’ve survived a head injury that changed my perspective of the world and left me without a few senses. I’ve survived a dog attack, countless people have come into my life and left both dead and alive, been around the globe and survived illness alone in a distant county with no way to communicate and ask for help. And today I woke up with a smile on my face. I woke up today having looked
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Categories: Crohn's Disease, Noah's Story, and STORIES-OF-HOPE.

We’re Getting Funky, An Entertaining Turn In My Blog

I’m having a tough time. I’m writing about my life, in chronological order from pretty much birth, to today, 2016. As I write about the past which is critical to for you to understand me, and hopefully not make the same mistakes I did</a> My Story is all too common, and that pisses me off That’s my WHY, to do my part in reversing the increasing trend of Cancer and Chronic Disease, Auto-Immune disease in the United States, and Worldwide. Daily I am meeting amazing people and experiencing greater self-healing that I desire to share now, not later. Remember the movie
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Categories: Joel's Story.

Regular Flare-Ups, Depression, Anxiety, And A Deep Hatred Of Myself

Four Asacol tablets, and Rowasa, one or two suspension enema’s daily The anti-inflammatory Mesalamine was my medication Carrying the Asacol was easy I’d use a small leather coin pouch I still use them today, for my vitamins The Rowasa was another story I was traveling for work and needed to bring my medication Packing them in my luggage would result in the medicine spilling and staining my clothes I used a carrying case similar to this one Sometimes I’d check my luggage and subject the medicine to the extreme temperatures under the airplane Sometimes I’d bring the medicine with me
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Categories: Joel's Story.

Cancer Treatment Day 1

What is Cancer? Webster Dictionary says the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. The American Cancer Society says, The cells in our bodies all have certain jobs to do. Normal cells divide in an orderly way. They die when they are worn out or damaged, and new cells take their place. Cancer is when the cells start to grow out of control. The cancer cells keep on growing and making new cells. They crowd out normal cells. This causes problems in the part of the body where the cancer started. For me,
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Categories: BREATHE, DIAGNOSIS, DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, Frequent Urination, Joel's Story, Prostatitis, and TREATMENT.

Massage For Gut Health By Massage Therapist Jesse Atkinson

Massage for Gut Health? Might seem crazy, but yes – abdominal massage supports good gut health and good health overall.  Massage directly decreases constipation and reduces internal scarring through physical pressure, and whole body massage improves mood and digestion through the nervous and endocrine systems. Abdominal Massage Reduces Constipation Massage in the abdominal region is well known to ‘move’ along your poop through the large intestine and colon.  The physical mechanism of pressure decreases colonic transit time, increases bowel movement, and stimulates peristalsis.  Peristalsis, the continual muscular movement of digestion has a consistent direction and the large intestine is surprisingly
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Categories: Anxiety, Constipation, Massage, Mood Changes, Stress, and SYMPTOMS.

Finally! A Diagnosis – Ulcerative Colitis

In the same dreary medical building as Dr. Lin was my first GI Doctor. In the waiting room, I signed in with the nurses, sat in an uncomfortable chair. Waited. I didn’t belong here. I didn’t have gray hair. I was only 28 years young. Maybe my BMI was high for my age and weight. Maybe I wore over-sized clothing due to lack of self-confidence. But I did not belong here! Everyone was decades older. Surely this must be a mistake. Inside the patient room, my body tensed. Hanging from the walls, neatly organized, were black tubes. Different lengths and thickness.
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Categories: DIAGNOSIS, Joel's Story, and Ulcerative Colitis.

It’s Not Food Poisoning

As a healthy 28 year old man, I was starting to get worried. Why, all of a sudden, could I not hold down food? I made an appointment with my Primary Care Physician(PCP). Explaining my recent inexplicable symptoms got me and appointment the very next day. Dr. Lin asked if I had been overseas. I had not, but my girlfriend had been visiting family in the Philippines. That didn’t count. Feeling that food poisoning was the likely culprit, Dr. Lin gave me a stool test to perform at home and return to the office. By this time, a week after
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Categories: Diarrhea, Joel's Story, and Stool Analysis.

Homemade Cookies From Mom

I’m now 28, living with my girlfriend Rosalie in a mid-rise apartment in Arlington VA The year is 2001, I live just blocks from the Pentagon, the $31,000,000 dollar headquarters of the Department of Defense I’m working as the Lead Hardware engineer at Raytheon in Falls Church VA, on a classified Department of Justice project The infrequent stomach aches were a thing of the distant past Long forgotten I loved my job, my colleagues, our client, and the frequent travel to our nation’s top destination cities Honolulu, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle piled on the
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Categories: Joel's Story.

4 Secrets That Your Cravings Are Trying to Tell You

Picture it: you’re absorbed in work, when out of nowhere you are hit with a burning, insatiable desire … for chocolate. Immediately, all 5 senses are alight with expectation: you close your eyes and can vividly see your favorite truffle – its shape and velvety mahogany color. You inhale its sweet, rich perfume, and your anticipation heightens as the truffle draws closer to your mouth. You hear a soft crack as you take a bite, followed by a liquid gold sensation as the truffle melts and delightfully floods your taste buds flavors – nutty, earthy, floral and sweet. You have
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Categories: EAT, Self Love, and Uncategorized.

Playground Talk: “You Go To The Bathroom Daily”?!

“You go to the bathroom daily”?! I exclaimed and questioned my friend in High School Talking about bathroom activities was not normal conversation Except for the one time I left a hard lump in my pants on the bus ride home from nursery school (Thank God it was a ghost poop. Yes, I’m writing about bowel movements. Great Gut’s are all about them. Boy was that embarrassing, walking off of the school bus feeling like a dumbbell was in my pants, between my legs. That was the first time bowel movements were ever spoken about with my family This time
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Categories: Constipation, Joel's Story, STORIES-OF-HOPE, and Ulcerative Colitis.