Hi group! I just joined this group and am looking forward to getting to know people with similar ups and downs. I was diagnosed with UC (among other things) when I was 9 years old, had the surgeries to get the j-pouch when I was 13-14 years old, and am now 28. I have often disconnected from and attempted to ignore my health issues, and am now trying to heal from the wounds related to it all.
I have recently started a blog on my journey from j-pouch surgeries and other chronic pains and surgeries to accomplishing my impossible of finishing a marathon, which is now scheduled to happen in 2 weeks. You can check it out at www.healingempowered.com, and I'd love to hear others' experiences and how you've healed (or attempted to heal) from similar challenges!
I typically pendulum swing between ignoring my bod / pain and being engulfed in it, so my hope is to find a balance and continue to learn how to honor my bod without letting it control me in unhealthy ways.