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Inflammatory Bowel

Know that the pain will pass, and, when it passes, you will be stronger, happier, more sensitive and aware – Mel Colgrove

Inflammatory Bowel

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"We’ve all said it before: “I won’t let IBD define me.”  Despite the sincerity of this statement, it is truly difficult to carry out.  There are times when we can’t avoid it and have to let others take care of us.  It mirrors what Stuart Scott said about his battle with cancer:

“And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. That’s also very, very important. I can’t do this ‘Don’t give up’ thing all by myself.”

Sometimes we have to let the people around us help us in the battle.  There is no truer statement.  There are times we have to let others battle for us.

But what about the times when we can battle for ourselves?  What should we do during those times?  Live.  We need to live.  I don’t mean live with a “make it through the day” sentiment.  I mean LIVE: do fun things, hang out with incredible people, and lead a full life.

Don’t get me wrong, this is tough. It is worlds easier to say than do.  But I’ve started to get used to the battle and I find solace and enjoyment in overcoming the disease and finding ways to win.

Source: Brian Greenberg, It’s Not Easy But I Won’t Let My IBD Define Me, Intense Intestines, September 21, 2014.