Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.Thomas Merton I went to an elementary/middle school called Thomas Merton Academy. When I got old enough to start really studying Thomas Merton, learning about his life, and more importantly reading his works, I fell in love with an intelligent, funny, and… Continue reading Finding Balance in Life
Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash Maybe I should have titled this "The Continuation of My Health Journey," because really, I've been at this on-and-off for awhile. I started a little over 10 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we found out that we carry the BRCA2 gene mutation. Since… Continue reading Another Health Journey
The past four months have been much of a whirlwind for me. I can't even begin to explain how busy I've been, but how thankful I am for all of the opportunities I've had and where my life is headed.
So, if you have IBS, IBD, Crohn's, Fructose Malabsorption or other digestive issues and are confined to the Low-Fodmap diet for some time, hopefully some of these recipes and food ideas will help you find a little happiness in what can seem like a daunting diet at times.
My pickiness has definitely gotten better over the years, and I've learned more about how to eat a balanced diet and live a healthy lifestyle, but it can still be hard to know what is good for my body and what isn't, especially with Fructose Malobsorption and IBS/IBD/Crohn's or whatever it is that is wrong with my intestines -- we are still working on figuring that out.
I'm not going to lie, it's been so hard. I'm getting tired of having to cook everything from scratch every night after getting home from work. I'm tired of not being able to freely eat out with family and friends. I've missed some good meals because of it. But I've stuck to it, and I'm determined to stick to it until I can go back to the doctor in March for an upper scope and -hopefully- get some more answers.
This experience not only made me thankful for the gentle but strong men (and women) in my life, but it also made me want to work as hard as possible to make sure my son grows up knowing how to handle anger, frustration, sadness, and all of his emotions in productive ways that make him a better human being.
Once again, I'm attempting to get back into this blogging thing. I'm not very good at it, but I really want to be. So this is my post, holding myself accountable to writing and blogging again. My plan is to continue with updates on my health/digestive issues, post recipes and meal/snack ideas for people with… Continue reading Maybe One Day I’ll Get the Hang of This!
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve given an update! I’ve been waiting on a more conclusive diagnosis before I went on with further updates. The past few weeks have been full of ups and downs for me. I had my colonoscopy which everyone thought FOR SURE would show that I had Crohn’s Disease. My… Continue reading Getting a Diagnosis – Fructose Malabsorption and SIBO
Today it has been one month exactly since my surgery. Yesterday I had my first appointment with my new Gastroenterologist who has begun the process to diagnose what has been causing my digestive issues most of my life. Wednesday I had my last post-op appointment with my surgeon - YAY! I'm finally feeling ready to… Continue reading “You had a what?” – My Surgery, Fistula, and Getting Close to a Diagnosis