NOTE: For those that don’t know, “D” stands for diarrhea.
I often forget that people coming to this website are in a fragile state of mind. Either they are recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s and are stumbling to find the answers they desperately need or they have been treating those conditions with medications for several months to years with no success and want to try the alternative approach. Many will read my story and find a huge surge of renewed hope and belief that yes, they can overcome their digestive condition.
Then I go and write a post like last night about having diarrhea and that can really dampen the psyche of someone who thinks I’ve got this solved, in the bag, “cured”.
As an update from last night’s diarrhea episode. It only lasted for two trips to the bathroom and this morning, less than 19 hours later I am back to having solid stools. The infrequency of trips to the bathroom and the quick speed in recovery hasn’t happened before. I think this is the key point people should focus on. Not that I had D at all, but how did I respond mentally and physically?
Being cured is both a state of mind and a realistic assessment of your symptoms and how those affect your quality of life. I don’t subscribe the conventional definition of being cured, being that one can go back to eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) because I firmly and passionately believe most of the foods in SAD are poison.
- Red No. 40 (petroleum)
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- silicon dioxide (sand)
I’m sorry, from which animal or plant do the above come from? They don’t.
I have my own definition of being cured that I am working towards, that is, I am healed enough so that if I need to eat one meal off of my diet that I can withstand the poison and not have to run to the bathroom with diarrhea. Other than that, as long as I stick to my diet, supplements, and peaceful stress levels, I am already cured, because I am living the life that I want to. Last night, despite having D and not knowing if I should stay home, I looked back on my prior experiences and every time I decide to go out, I have a great time. The symptoms stop.
This time, they stopped more quickly and I returned to having normal BM’s quickly. It’s important for me to focus on these slight gains, these slight improvements in how my body functions and responds. I feel optimistic and encouraged. It’s a big improvement since the early years.
Just wanted to make sure new readers here had that bit of perspective before they get depressed.