We’ve made it to Day 7 of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week!
I hope that this week’s posts have been interesting and helpful with a splash of comical!
For the seventh and final day, I thought it would make sense to share some things that ulcerative colitis and my crazy colon have taught me throughout these roller coaster years.
It’s taught me…
To Slow Down
And I don’t just mean the fatigue that encourages me to focus on self-care; though that is definitely something I’m grateful for.
Ulcerative colitis has taught me to slow down and enjoy where the present—on both the small scale and large scale.
On the small scale, it’s taught me to absorb the simple things in life:
The bite of winter air on your skin.
The hum of your cat purring next to you.
The first sip of coffee in the morning.
On the large scale, my colon has taught me to enjoy the current season I’m in in life.
I used to constantly be go-go-go, always looking forward to the next thing: Thanksgiving break, graduating college, getting engaged, getting married…
Now, all of these things are good! But if always thinking of the future distracts you from enjoying the now, then it might be time to change your perspective.
I knew it was time for a mindset shift, and surprisingly, ulcerative colitis helped me do that because I didn’t know when another flare might start.
This helped me realize that I needed to start appreciating the little moments before they’re gone, and to be grateful for the seasons I was in before they became the past.
To Not Care What Others Think
Most of my life, up to my high school years, I was extremely shy and self-conscious. Thankfully, those days are behind be; however, ulcerative colitis has built upon that growth and made me even more self-assured and confident.
Because my pain is decreasing thanks to this new medication I’m on, and that’s a reason to be happy.
Because this disease has shown me what an amazingly supportive group of friends and family I have. (Shout out to my old roomies who came to my place to hang out when I wasn’t able to leave the apartment!)
So, yeah, I’ll dance in the middle of the dance floor (completely sober) at my friend’s wedding and probably look like a dork…I’m okay with that! I had a blast!
I’ll belt out my favorite song lyrics in the car at a red light. I’m okay if someone thinks I look silly. I’m alive, and I think that’s worth celebrating.
It’s such a burden lifted, choosing not to care what others think 🙂
To Pursue Writing
I’ve always thought it would be cool to work a job from home. And now that I’m seriously pursuing that (freelance copywriting and proofreading), it’s even more exciting!
But getting to this decision wasn’t an easy one:
In June, I quit my office job to go back to school to become a registered dietitian! But a few months into the program, my pain and fatigue forced me to drop those classes.
But when I did this, a new door was opened—discovering the career path of freelance writing that I’m now pursuing.
Strange how sometimes the brightest things are born in the darkness.
So in a weird way, I owe you a thank you, Colon. I guess there’s some good in you after all.
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That’s a wrap for Day 7 and for the entire series of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week.
If you missed any of the days, catch up here! And let me know in the comments which day was your favorite!
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.