While I was home for Thanksgiving, my parents gave me an issue of Crohn’s Advocate, a little magazine full of advice for people with Crohn’s disease. The issue they gave me focused on travel tips for folks with Crohn’s, and although I had already figured out most of the helpful hints the magazine described, I always like to read about other people’s experiences with Crohn’s. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in the funny little things I do in order to make my day-to-day life mostly normal, and I also enjoy seeing people who won’t let the disease keep them from being active and taking on the world. And this quote from Frank Fritz (a Crohnie from the television show American Pickers) really resonated with me:
Crohn’s is like a duck. Ducks look calm, floating quietly on the surface of the water, but underneath they are paddling like crazy. It’s the same for people with Crohn’s – on the outside you can’t really tell, but I’m working really hard to stay in control as much as I can.
For more information about Crohn’s Advocate magazine (you can get a free subscription if you live in the US!), or for tips on living with Crohn’s, visit crohnsadvocate.com.