My 17 in 17 challenge

I have been going back to exercise classes after Thanksgiving. During my childhood and youth and well into my twenties, I hated any form of exercise with passion. One, I was shit at it, and very often just too sick to do anything. Second, German PE teachers are assholes. #notallgermanpeteachers you want to say? No, all of them. One of my favorite writers, Arnold Stadler once wrote that there were two types of PE teachers at his High school. ThoseRead more

Resilience and Determination- a guest post, part two

This is James Gunter’s story, part II.  You can find Part One here.   When I awoke I did not find what I expected. They had told me that an appendicitis is a quick and easy operation these days which can be done through keyhole surgery. This would involve making 3 small cuts in my lower abdomen to remove my appendix. When I awoke in the recovery ward and managed to stay awake for more than 30 seconds, I decidedRead more

Resilience and Determination- a guest post, part one

Today’s guest post is from James Gunter. He lives in Sheffield, UK, and he loves fitness. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in December 2014. This is his story. Fitness has always played a big role in my life. I was very active, I did parkour, climbing, squash, was about to get into the national squad for the aikido martial art and had never even drank alcohol or ever tasted it. I was the healthiest person I knew and mostRead more

Crohn’s, Weight and Body Image (and a dash of feminism, for good measure)

I have always had weight fluctuations. Spoiler alert: All of them had to do with Prednisone…. In the eighties, there were not a lot of options to treat Crohns- steroids and Azulfidine was it. When I was about ten, Imuran came on the market. It helped, but usually only in conjunction with….drumroll… prednisone. So over the years, I’ve had my fair share of steroids, tapering etc. With every steroid cycle, I gained weight. You see, I was HUNGRY. And thenRead more

What to wear post surgery

My grandmother turned 82 last Sunday. She is a very opinionated, strong old lady, and to say that it’s not always easy with her, is the understatement of the century. Over the years, she has had her fair share of health problems as well- from kidney surgery, to gall stone removals, to several heart surgeries. I can not remember a day however, not seeing her well put together. Is she vain? You betcha. But, she also swears that she onlyRead more