When you don’t feel well, you can’t ever be at your BEST. At least this is my experience living with Crohn’s disease. When I physically don’t feel well, I notice I tend to care less about how I appear on the outside. How I feel on the inside gets my full attention because I have limited physical energy and effort to put into other things. So I choose to focus my efforts on what I think is most important. And in my brain, that will always be trying to heal my insides, both body and mind.
It occurred to me recently that a lot of the issues I have coping with this disease may stem from the fact that I am a perfectionist. My Crohn’s disease and my inner perfectionist are constantly butting heads in multiple ways.
In this blog post I want to cover the different aspects of being a perfectionist and how that has created coping problems for me personally. Identifying the problem is a huge step in solving it. So I’m hoping by sharing my struggle, that someone else might have an Aha! moment like I did and begin coping a little easier. So let’s get into it…
Think to yourself “what if all these little moments in my life were magnified and took three times as long to accomplish”. Then you might have an idea of what I’m talking about. It becomes a logistical nightmare, dealing with the trickle-down bits and pieces while waging war on the disease itself! But we do it.
I ask my friend Christina Sgarlata a few questions about living with chronic illness. She has such great insights especially being in the medical field. Her open mind and well-rounded knowledge are so refreshing! I know that this interview will be helpful to so many readers! Many thanks Christina! Christina Sgarlata, BSN, RN, RYT isContinue reading “Guest Interview with Christina Sgarlata”
Some things happened recently in my life that made me realize– medications alone won’t help improve your quality of life. You have to want a better quality of life for yourself!! More importantly, you have to be willing to advocate for yourself and make your health a priority! I haven’t seen anyone really talk aboutContinue reading “Your lifestyle DOES make a difference”
There is one emotion I have experienced that has surprised me the most out of all the emotions on this rollercoaster ride. That emotion is anger. I have never been an angry person. I’m usually always pretty positive and happy. Even when I’m having a bad day, my first inclination is towards sadness not anger.Continue reading “Most Surprising Emotion of My Diagnosis”
Today was harder than most days. I had 14 tubes of blood drawn in hopes of getting some more answers. My rheumatologist ordered the blood work since I’ve been experiencing a lot of joint and back pain. We want to see if there is another autoimmune disease present along with the Crohn’s disease. In myContinue reading “I’m in limbo with another diagnosis”