Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News Article: Immune system compensates for 'leaky gut'

Article Summary: A recent news article reports that university scientists discovered that a defect in the intestine causes it to break down due to bacteria or stress. A normal immune system would help heal the damage but the defect causes a 'leaky' barrier in the intestine and as a result the individual is more susceptible to developing IBD. How this can be connected to a treatment or cure remains to be seen.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Don't Give Up

Ask for HELP.
(photo: marc falardeau)
Before I start writing about what's going on in my life on the IBD front, and providing some helpful information about Crohn's Disease and such... I have a feeling that some Readers out there might need a pep talk.

Don't give up. There, I said it. Three little words. You're reading and you're thinking "Whatever, you don't know my situation." Don't give up. There is always something to fight for. There is always a reason to go on. Stay determined with your doctor visits and treatments. Something might work one day, and remission will come. "What if it doesn't?" True, you might struggle with this for a long time. But there is a reason to go on in your life. Think! A child maybe or a spouse? A close sibling or a good friend who makes you laugh? A treasured hobby or a fantastic adventure in a good book. Learning something new, or creating something yourself? Think hard, you can find your reason somewhere.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Back On the Bright Side

Well, life is rolling these days, and I'm back to blogging! My little guy is 6 months old and doing amazing! My darling husband is back to teaching now and our nice summer together is over. What a great time!
My little guy.
I'm currently working on some posts covering some of the pregnancy and post pregnancy issues and considerations related to Crohn's Disease that I experienced and learned about over the last year. I'll try to add in some info for the men out there too!

Good news - the blog now has it's own domain name. So update your links! http://www.brightsideofcrohns.com!

Let me know if there is any interest in another scheduled group IBD chat. We haven't had one in a while.

Having IBD is a life-long deal. But with a little support, strength and tips, we can kick it in the butt!

Glad to be back. Sincerely,
Bright Side