Greetings from Crohn’s Corner

Greetings from Crohn’s Corner
Editor's Note: In Judy Walters' debut for her new column, Crohn's Corner, she introduces herself as not only a fighter for Crohn's disease, but also as a wife, mother, professional writer, and reader. Her column will explore the many facets, and many of the obstacles, of living with IBD. Join her on her unique and inspiring journey. Hi IBD Community: I want to introduce myself to you today. I'm Judy Walters, and I've been living with Crohn's disease for almost 16 years now. I should say I've been living with it longer than that, because I had symptoms for years before I had that first dreaded colonoscopy to get a correct diagnosis. (Note: The colonoscopy is really the only way to get a proper diagnosis for IBD.) I'm now the veteran of six colonoscopies, countless oral, IV, and injectable treatments, and dozens of flare-ups, and I'm here to say that I am still fighting and always will be — and getting more creative about how to get through colonoscopy prep as time goes on … I'll be happy to share tips and tricks with you as we go along. I'm hoping this column will inform and enlighten, help you feel like you have a place to share your own struggles, and to ask questions and get real life advice — that will not include suggestions that if you just alter your diet, do yoga, Reiki, reduce your stress, or do acupuncture, your Crohn's Disease will simply go away. It will not. It's not to say that I don't believe those complementary therapies aren't worth thinking about or doing — but in the end, nothing rids of you of Crohn's disease. Not in 2016, at least. Some things can help or improve your life or try to get you into remission, and many of them require science. At least, that's my stance. That might not be yours. And that's OK. We can all bring
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