Hello All

I know I haven't been on in awhile, but I really wanted to check in with my own rave and ask for your support.

For the first time since the pancreatitis last fall, me and my body are in a happy detente. Not even last week's lukewarm pouchoscopy results are going to quiet my new optimism. This started in January when I decided that I was done feeling sick and low all the time. I've made a number of changes, and including deciding to challenge myself. I wanted to accomplish something that I've always talked about, but never believed I could actually do. Well I did it. I found a way to get back on my bike and a way to raise money to help others with Chrohns and Colitis. Two weeks from today (June 24th) i'm participating in the CC Team Challenge, a 50 mile bike ride in Lake George NY to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. So far this has been an amazing experience. Not only have I met great people, i've met physical challenges that I never thought I could. Yesterday I rode over 60 miles from Broadway Junction in Brooklyn to my Dad's house in Middle Island (LI). It was amazing biking through places where I have only ever driven. The look of shock on people's faces when I responded to the question of where I was riding from and where I was headed was mind blowing. While I know that I may not be the fastest or most well-equipped rider on June 24th, I know that I will succeed. My certainty surprises even me.

Please consider supporting me in my effort by donating to CCFA. You can make a secure online donation by using the
hyperlink below visit my website at:


If you would like to send an offline donation in, please message me and i'll send you the address.

I will also be accepting advice, bike parts, ice packs, love and a personal cheering section on June 24th! In particular, I want advice picking out the perfect wicking shirt. I want to celebrate my no colon and j-pouch status Smiler I'd love it if I could get the 'No colon and still rollin' one in that material..

Thanks fellow j-pouchers.

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Congratulations! It sounds like you've been working hard and this is going to be an awesome experience. I did a CCFA walk few years before my surgeries that took around 45 minutes, lol. We raised a lot of money and I hope you raise more!

I've already donated to CCFA for the year so am sending you a simple fund raising idea instead of a contribution. I sent out emails to all of my family and friends including snail mail to ones without email. We raised enough money that our team came in 2nd place $$ wise. I'm sure you've done something like this all ready but wanted to tell you how successful we were. I met the nicest man and his family, they raised the most money as their whole small town was supporting the team. He had crohns and had to be attached to an IV 8 hours a day. He walked with his wife and 2 kids. It was a good experience and it sounds like your ride will be one for you and the other participants.

Please tell us how it turns out.

Good Luck and Thank You Big Grin

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