I said big things were coming this year for FlaredupFitness! A big thanks to my good friend and broadcasting student, Olivia McDonald for making this short documentary explaining some of my story and taking a look into what I do on a daily basis! (Plus you get to see me eating pancakes and looking at … More Battling Crohn’s Documentary
One year ago I decided to start this thing called FlaredupFitness to share my story while promoting health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness. I wanted to show people with my disease what can be possible while pushing the limits of their body and mind even with a debilitating chronic disease. When I was first diagnosed over … More Celebrating One Year of FlaredupFitness!
Flashback to 2010 when I snapped my fibula playing hockey and had to get 8 screws and plate to hold everything together. I still have the plate in 5 years later with minimal issue. Part of dealing with Crohn’s is diseased sections of intestine do not fully absorb nutrients like a normal, healthy person. I … More Crohn’s and Calcium Deficiencies
I don’t know anyone who actually likes getting pricked by a needle, but with some chronic diseases it is something you need to get comfortable with fast. I was the kid in elementary school who would almost pass out everytime I got the flu shot. Fast forward to 2009 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s … More Humira – A Miracle Drug?
Opening up about my disease is something I find extremely difficult to talk about, but I’ve been doing my best to work on it. Crohn’s Disease does not only affect you physically but mentally as well. It breaks you down mentally, kills your motivations and causes emotional stress and depression from fighting this chronic disease … More What inspires me and keeps me going
Medication Related Side Effects To treat inflammation within the intestinal tract immunosuppressant medications are often prescribed. They help combat the body’s response to attacking itself by suppressing the immune system. Currently I am on Humira, which is a biologic immunosuppressant, TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) blocker that I have to inject subcutaneously (into my stomach or upper leg) every week. I have been on … More Crohn’s Related Complications and How to Deal With Them (Part 2)
The subject I want to touch on today is the complications and side effects of Crohn’s disease. For me, I get many different major and minor issues caused by my disease. Recognizing that everyone living with Crohn’s is different, this is an overview of what affects me and strategies I use to deal with them. … More Crohn’s Related Complications and How to Deal With Them (Part 1)
Currently, and for the past few years, my Crohn’s symptoms are different than most other people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I have several sections of strictures in my small intestine (ileum) where the section of small bowel has been damaged by inflammation so many times that it has become hard, rubbery scar tissue. Healthy … More 5 days in hospital, one grape
Since my diagnosis, I have spent countless hours in hospital beds and emergency waiting rooms. In 2013, I was admitted 11 separate times for bowel obstructions. This is just one of my many accounts. I wrote this on my phone in October of 2014 while awaiting a hospital bed. It is currently 3:17 AM and I … More Blog Update #1