It's lonely out here: planning for a natural childbirth

Who knew we were such a nation of drug pushers? Here is the conversation I am having at least once a day, with moms and non-moms alike. Them: “Are you taking childbirth classes”? Me: “Yes, I’m taking hypnobirthing. I want to have a natural childbirth.” Them: “Good luck with that (wink wink). Or, “Yeah I did too, you’ll get over it.” Or: “You’re nuts! Take the drugs”! ...more

I agree here, no one questioned me at all for wanting to go "all natural" with my pregnancies, ... more

Does Lack of Health Insurance Compromise Emergency Medical Care?

It just so happens that I'm not one of the lucky ones; the ones with health insurance. The ones who can actually see a doctor when they're sick, and not have to worry themselves sick about money if they need surgery or hospitalization. This pretty much sucks, but I'm a healthy person. I rarely get sick. I don't need any prescription medications....more

Yes I think that if you don't have insurance you will not get all the testing done that you ... more

How Depression Twists

Trying to keep a positive attitude meaning constantly reminding myself what I'm grateful for. In some moments I go into this dark place where I can't seem to remember anything in my life that I'm happy or grateful and when I do, my disease likes to twist them. For example, I can say I'm always grateful for my children but my disease will twist it into You don't deserve your children....more

it is. I think it's important to remember, when dealing with chronic conditions especially, even ... more

How Depression Twists

Trying to keep a positive attitude meaning constantly reminding myself what I'm grateful for. In some moments I go into this dark place where I can't seem to remember anything in my life that I'm happy or grateful and when I do, my disease likes to twist them. For example, I can say I'm always grateful for my children but my disease will twist it into You don't deserve your children....more

Thank you. I'm trying. more

How Depression Twists

Trying to keep a positive attitude meaning constantly reminding myself what I'm grateful for. In some moments I go into this dark place where I can't seem to remember anything in my life that I'm happy or grateful and when I do, my disease likes to twist them. For example, I can say I'm always grateful for my children but my disease will twist it into You don't deserve your children....more

for me too, it's good to have an outlet. (( hugs )) more

What's Wrong With Me: My Crohn's Story

For years no one believed me, thought that I was making up the constant stomach ache and nausea to get out of doing things. For years I thought it was my nerves. For years I’ve had this disease attacking my body to the point where I was waking up with nausea every single day, that after I ate I would have such an intense ball of pain in my stomach that I had to just lay down. I finally went to the doctor when the pain moved slightly to the right and I thought my appendix had ruptured....more

Thank you Denise. I'm going to have to read that book now!! more

New Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screening & Foods You Can Eat Now for Strong Bones in the Future

There are new guidelines for osteoporosis screening that will now include many women under the age of 60. Will these new guidelines affect you? The answer is maybe. Basically, it will be recommended that women who could be at a greater risk for fractures (such as a family history of fractures, history of smoking, history of alcohol abuse, or having a slender frame), now be given osteoporosis screenings (bone density tests) at a much younger age then previously suggested. ...more

This is an important issue I think a lot of people just avoid. My mom has osteopenia and was ... more

Sweet Vanilla Banana Smoothie (Gluten Free, Nut Free, SCD Legal)

You remember those stands at the mall? The ones with the orange drink? Well they had banana too, which was my absolute favorite. This is a knock off that is actually good for you! Sweet Vanilla Banana Smoothie ...more

SCD is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, it's a diet for people with inflammatory bowel diseases ... more

True Confessions: I Am Afraid of Coffee Tables

It's true. I have a deep fear of coffee tables, and this very rational fear has sometimes caused problems in my relationships. I tried, for awhile, to ignore the fear of coffee tables and let one into my life but I couldn't do it. I had to kick it to the curb -- literally. ...more

I also don't have a coffee table...well not any more. We had one because we thought we were ... more

Battle with Crohn's and Journey with SCD

I'm a young woman living with IBD for 17 years. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago with Crohn's Disease. Since that day everything has been nothing but a battle. Getting to DR appointments,tests,more tests, more pills and loads of washroom visits and sleepless nights. The hardest part of this day to day battle is the fact that I feel that no one in the health care industry is listening to me. I tell my symptoms and pain and frustration, yet still no answers. I was referred to a surgeon recently and when I spoke to him about my battle, he promised me that the surgery would change my life....more

I started SCD around the same time you did in '10. I hope you are doing well. Please post and ... more