Have I told you lately that I love you?
Rod Stewart knows what’s up.
That is a Rod Stewart song, right?
But seriously. When I wrote yesterday’s post about how “Crohn’s Disease is a dirty bitch” I was basically just venting my current frustrations with this beast of a disease. I had no idea it would bring out such an incredible response.
And that leads me into today’s edition of Thankful Things Thursday, in which I tell you what I’m grateful for and then demand that you do the same.
(For the record, I’m feeling much less angry today and much more let’s-beat-this-disease proactive.)
First and foremost, I am so freakin’ thankful for all of the feedback I received yesterday. I can’t believe how many of you emailed me after that post went up (I promise to respond ASAP). A lot of first-time commenters came out (welcome! commenting is fun!) and everyone was very sympathetic toward my stupid stomach. I am deeply appreciative of all the kind words, smart advice and genuine well wishes you all sent my way.
I thought I was writing an annoying, angry post. Apparently that resonates with a lot of people!
I’m thankful I’m doing something about Crohn’s Disease. I’m no scientist (my college roommate and I took biology together one year and I stood idly by while she almost blew the place up…needless to say the lab didn’t exactly welcome us back with open arms), and I know very little about diseases and medicine. But I’m doing what I can for now, which is committing to run 26.2 miles to raise money and awareness for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. I’m blown away by how many people I don’t even know have donated, and I can’t wait to continue fundraising.
Shameless plea for help: Every single donation makes a difference. Some people have donated $5 and others have donated as much as $500. It all goes to help find a cure for these diseases. Click here if you’d like to jump on board. All donations are tax deductible as well. Score.
I’m thankful for medicine. My doctor is supposed to call me this afternoon so we can chat, since I don’t have time to see him. I’m hoping I can convince him over the phone that I know what a flare-up feels like, and that I am most definitely in the midst of one. I will then beg him to send some Prednisone my way.
I used to hate going on Steroids because I always get the dreaded “moon face.” My face gets super puffy. When I was in Australia, I was unrecognizable. I hate looking back at those photos, which is sad, because, well, they’re photos of me in Australia.
You don’t believe me?
Fine. I’ll post one. Maybe I’ll even post more than one.
Ali in Australia, on massive doses of Steroids:
My cheeks were growing so much they were making my eyes look smaller. Seriously.
That’s not bad. It gets worse. Check me out here:
(Later today I’m going to remember posting these pictures and be horrified.)
By the end of the trip, I hardly looked like myself.
That, my friends, is “moon face.” One of the many sexy side effects of Crohn’s Disease. Don’t be jealous.
I digress. Let’s get back to the thankfulness of today.
I’m thankful my apartment is a judgment-free zone. I had a friend over last night. We ordered dinner and put on a movie. I saw the first 20 minutes. Suddenly, an hour and a half had gone by. For the second time this week — with the same person — I completely passed out. I apologized profusely, but my friend understood. My body is tired. It also took me a full two hours to drag myself out of bed this morning.
I’m thankful I am attempting to stick to my training plan…kind of. Coach Cane put six miles on today’s plan, and I did that. He wanted me doing three laps of the Central Park Reservoir, which is 1.4 miles (or something) long. For each lap, I would do the first mile at my 5K goal pace (ideally 7:40 or even faster — ideally), then the final .4 mile of the loop at a jog.
I wasn’t able to do it. My body was too tired and I never reached that elusive 7:40 pace. During the first lap I stuck around a 7:50, but I got slower each time and stopped a lot for water and to shake out my legs. It wasn’t ideal. But I did something, and I’m glad I did. You will lose this fight, Crohn’s, I swear, you will lose. I am better than you.
I’m thankful my clothes give me motivation. It took a long time to get out of bed this morning, but I put on my “get it done” shirt that I save for necessary occasions.
So that’s what I did.
I’m thankful I get to run. I’m lucky. A lot of people don’t get to run at all. I’m even more thankful that I get to run in Central Park. It’s really pretty.
I’m thankful I’m working from home again today. My employer is very understanding of Crohn’s Disease. That or she doesn’t totally know what it is and it makes her nervous to talk about. Either way, I’m working from the comfort of my own soft bathrobe right now. I will shower eventually, too.
I’m thankful I’m getting out of town! I’m on a 4:30 pm flight to Charlotte, NC. See ya later, New York! I’m going to spend a lovely long weekend with my best friend doing wedding planning things and being on a boat. I should probably pack at some point.
Time to get a move on. Lots of items to check off the To Do list before I hit the road.
NOW YOU GO: What are you thankful for today? Good hair day? Wearing a new outfit? Ran 17 miles before work this morning? All great things. Tell me more.