November 15, 2018 – November 18, 2018
We’re halfway through Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week! I hope you’ve been enjoying this series of posts. (You can view them all here.)
Today’s post is a bit of an extension of yesterday’s. I mentioned yesterday that ulcerative colitis tends to make me feel confined. Contained. The bathroom is my ball and chain. During these flare ups, I feel trapped inside. It would be a risk to venture even to the park bench in my apartment complex.
This severity of my flare ups has given me the travel bug! I hope to never again take for granted the ability to walk around the neighborhood.
The simplicity of reading a book at a local park.
The excitement of moving states in January.
The potential to travel all over the world.
My flare lasted from June through October, and thanks to my new medication Entyvio, I think I’m returning to normalcy. In early November I really started to feel that positive difference.
Now that I was able to drive in the car for twenty minutes without freaking out that maybe I should have brought a towel ‘just in case,’ I booked a weekend vacation in Chattanooga, Tennessee!
I boarded a red eye and flew across country to visit my husband Tyler!
And guess what!
Tyler planned an entire weekend of outdoor activities for us! Not only is Chattanooga my soon-to-be home, but it’s a lively, eventful, nature-filled town with endless activities.
My healing came just in time for us to have an incredible weekend filled with hiking,
walking around local parks,
strolling on the famous Walnut Street Bridge,
exploring downtown (and riding a carousel at Coolidge Park!),
climbing several flights of stairs at the Tennessee Aquarium,
and visiting Rock City at Lookout Mountain.
For months, I’ve felt an adventure calling.
I’ve been healing slowly, wondering when again I’d be able to travel and explore the great outdoors and touch the mountain in front of me.
Not every part of ulcerative colitis is bad. The confinement of the flares ignites something in you. Flares may feel like they’re emptying you, but they’re really creating a space that, when you’re better, you’ll appreciate one thousand times over.
I’m excited to continue to heal. To explore more of the city with my husband in January. To walk into my next adventure waiting.
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That’s a wrap for Day 4 of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week.
Stay tuned for Day 5 to get the recipe for an absolutely delicious non-dairy cherry cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving!
In The Comical Colon’s Facebook group, let’s start a conversation:
I truly believe that the way to bridge this disease type’s chasm of alienation, fear, being misunderstood, etc. is to engage in community and share our experiences to help others along their journeys. Let’s learn to share our fears, our trials, and our triumphs to find the comical in the deepest, darkest crevices of our guts.