Diagnosis, now what?

A friend of mine texted me from the hospital about a week ago. Her 21-year-old son was in the emergency room with severe stomach cramps. The diagnosis was Crohn’s disease. She texted me because she knows that I’ve dealt with the dis-ease for 5 years now.

You’ve gotten your diagnosis. Now what?

It was like I had to do something. I couldn’t not do something.

So, I baked, and baked, made yogurt, and baked some more.

I wanted this young person to realize two things: he’s not alone and just by changing up his diet, he could live with this dis-ease.

There is so much information on the internet about different diagnosis and what has worked for these individuals. Do your research. Include your doctor. I saw my gastro every 6 months for 3 years. He finally stopped pulling out the scrip pad. (To date, I’ve not been on any meds.) I am now on a regular gastro check!!

I was recalling when I first got diagnosed. For me, it was relief. I finally knew what was causing all the issues. It took the doctor 1.5 years to diagnose me! I think when anyone receives a diagnosis of “…you’ll be living with this for the rest of your life..”, it can throw you in a tailspin. I know I went through the 5 stages of grief:

  • denial – There had to be a wrong diagnosis. I was eating healthy and exercising….doing all the right things. How could this be?
  • anger – It was just so unfair!
  • bargaining – but if I just did …..
  • depression – probably hung out in this phase the longest. I had quite the pity party.
  • acceptance – Ok, enough already. What can I do to take control of my own health? What would I like my health to look like?

Each of us is unique. Each of us has our own set of circumstances. Reach out to someone. Seek counseling. Whatever gets you through it. If you know of someone struggling with digestive issues, do your own research. Offer to make a meal. I had surgery last year and a couple of close friends made food I could eat. It was so wonderful! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

Whatever you decide, take it one day at a time and remember to breathe!