Thankful Things Thursday: Happy Thoughts Will Make Me Healthy

Yesterday was a pretty cool day.

Your comments on my “Crohn’s sucks a little more than you may realize” post were awesome. I loved hearing all of your stories about your own battles with chronic illness, and I appreciated all the good advice and kind words. You’re the best. Love you.

And on that grateful little note, it’s time to kick off today’s installment of Thankful Things Thursday. Go time!

I’m thankful I felt pretty good last night! After getting Remicade yesterday, I noticed an immediate difference in my mental and physical health. I was able to go to a spin class after work, and I got through the entire thing feeling surprisingly strong!

I came home after the class, still felt OK, and had my beet and carrot juice a la Brian for dinner.

So colorful! Beet juice makes what happens in the bathroom TERRIFYING, just so you are aware.

I went to bed feeling hugely optimistic about being fixed by Remicade.

I’m thankful I have a sick day left. So yeah. Turns out, I’m not totally fixed, and my stomach was obnoxious enough this morning to get me to send that dreaded email to the office saying I won’t be in…again. Pretty sure it’s my last sick day, and I’m using it up. That’s promising, right? Going through all your allotted sick days by May? That’s a PR for sure.

Really, I know I just need another day to rest, recover and get back on my healthy little feet. I feel like a jerk for missing so much work lately, but I guess that’s what sick days are there for.

I’m thankful for good friends who give great housewarming gifts. Lauren knows the way to my interior decorating heart…


…and the way to Brian’s, too!

AND THIS ONE SAYS "CYCLE!" You know, because of Brian and his biking and stuff.

I love these pillows. They’re those things I’d see in a store, be all, “Those are cool, I want them,” and then leave without actually buying them. I also think they are a little more gender neutral than the lavender satin-y pillows that were on the couch before.

I’m thankful I got off the wait list. SoulCycle just expanded its Upper East Side studio and it now has a whopping 70 bikes. That’s basically huge. Naturally all the classes still filled up immediately, but I got into the 6:15 class for tomorrow morning. I’m a little nervous because I tend to feel the worst in the morning, but hopefully resting up today means I’ll be strong by tomorrow. That’s how this all works, right?

I’m thankful for the long weekend ahead. I have no plans beyond “resting.”

I’m thankful I survived Becky’s wedding without Crohnsing up at the altar or during my toast. Success! (Yes, I was legitimately concerned about those things.)


I’m thankful the New York City Marathon is still really far away. I miss running, and I miss running far and running fast and running effortlessly. I miss being able to walk out the door, go for a run and come home feeling good about it. I’m glad I have time to get better after this flare before I get into a training plan.

It’s tough to wake up in the morning and read everyone’s updates about “awesome morning workouts” and how it’s a “perfect morning for a run in Central Park.”

Yes, I know, I used to Tweet those exact phrases. Call me a hypocrite.

But since I haven’t been able to do those things lately, it makes me sad, and I miss it. I miss sweating in the morning because I demolished a tempo run (HAHA, kidding, that never happens) rather than just sweating out a fever (though I didn’t have a fever last night, so see, I am improving!).

I know this list was short, but I think that’s all I’ve got today.

SO I NEED YOUR HELP: Add to my list! What are you thankful for today?



46 Responses

  1. You more likely have giardiasis or ameba, which often go undiagnosed as “Crohn’s” disease because many doctors and labs cannot detect them; google Kevin Cahill the parasitologist in New York; I would never trust gastroenterologists to diagnose parasites. They are not trained and dont even know what to treat parasites with. This parasitic disease is endemic in the US (contrary to what people think) because most people eat produce/salads that are not well washed in the US. Giardia is to diagnose in some cases but not ameba or even strongylodies.

  2. I am thankful that you started thankful things thursday and gave me something to look forward to!

    I am also thankful that joint pain is the only annoying Crohns symptom I have right now. Could be a heck of a lot worse! 🙂

  3. I’m thankful that even though I hurts knee and couldn’t run I still had a great workout. My best swim ever! Yay!! 🙂

  4. I am thankful there is only one more day left in the week and then we have a long weekend. I have no plans, but I’m thankful that I can just kick back.

  5. I’m thankful that it’s not raining. That’s rare around here. I’m also thankful that I got to spend last night riding around on electric scooters with my best friend. I’m pretty sure her neighbourhood will never recover hehe.

  6. I am thankful my roommate didn’t break my tv or call the cops on me last night when I told her I wanted her to move out.

    Glad to hear today is a little better than yesterday. Lets hope tomorrow is even better than today!

  7. I’m thankful for the long weekend coming up. We get to party with my husband’s veteran buddies and then do nothing for 2 more days. Saaaaweet!

  8. I am thankful for your blog that always makes me smile 🙂 Also for no hip flexor pain today, my mother for listening to me whine last night, my friends for coming over providing me with hummus and cukes and listening to me whine about silly things in life. Oh and SUN!!!!

  9. I’m thankful I’m “under budget” in my Excel sheet for personal financial budgeting this month. I’d like to pat myself on the back but realize that this is more a consequence of staying at work til almost midnight every night lately.

    Working late = company food = not spending money = sad Grace = happy wallet.

    Yes, I used to be a math teacher in NYC …

  10. I’m thankful for the ability to run, after reading your blog today. Strong legs (if sturdy, alas) and a healthy heart. I take this for granted so much, thanks for the reminder not to!!

    I’m thankful I’m going to DC next weekend for a girls’ weekend!!! Bring it on right now.

    I’m thankful that it’s the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend…one of the three best nights of the year in my book!!!

  11. I’m thankful that I have been better about writing down my calories. I am thankful that I have very few things on my to-do list today. I am thankful that I bought a new super comfy shirt to wear on my day off!

  12. Those pillows are awesome! I’m thankful that the weather looks perfect for my first marathon Sunday.

  13. I am thankful for Memorial Day weekend and a trip to Michigan to see my family. 🙂 I’m also thankful for the free doughnut that I just got at Dukin Donuts. It was completely unhealthy…. and completely glorious. OH AND, I’m thankful for warm weather so that I can break out my cute summer work dresses. I’m sure the city of Chicago that my neon white legs are back.

    And I feel your pain re: sick days. I’ve already used all but 1 of them. Yay for health.

    1. Um yeah. Need to proof read before submitting… revised to say “I’m sure the city of Chicago is thankful that my neon white legs are back.”

  14. I’m thankful that I FINALLY fit into awesome jeans! And everything I bought a Bloomies on Monday night is a size smaller than I usually wear! Spinning seriously works wonders. I’m also thankful for the amazing photo of Tyler and Patrick we just got. Love that kid already.

  15. I’m thankful that last night I had a breakthrough in my swimming! Suddenly not so terrified of my sprint tri in a couple months.

    I’m also thankful that I get acupuncture and cupping tonight. It shall be glorious.

  16. I am thankful for my last sick day too (yay, May records!), neon orange nail polish, and an appointment with the surgeon today to hopefully make the pain stop. Happy Thursday!

  17. I really enjoyed reading people’s comments yesterday and the information/alliance felt by those who also have GI issues and reading your blog.

    As for thankful things Thursday…I’m thankful I found out today I’m entered in the NYC marathon, and one (if not two) of my favourite Brits are travelling over with me!

    Also, it’s super sunny and hot in London today. SO HAPPY.

    1. Wow, the structure of that first sentence is SHOCKING. That’s what I get for trying to comment at work on the sly, half hiding my browser window!

  18. Thankful for a 3 day weekend! Also thankful that the nyc marathon is far away. btw, met coach cane last night and decided to train with his coaches at jack rabbit for the marathon. i. am. scared.

  19. I’m also really thankful NYCM is so far away. I keep reassuring myself that I have plenty of time to get healed/back into shape. Let’s hope that’s actually true…

    I’m also thankful for the fact that I got to run for 3 minutes at a time last night! I never thought I’d be bouncing off the walls with excitement after 27 non-consecutive minutes of running. It’s funny how your perspective changes after an injury…

  20. I only have 1 sick day left, too. (Consequently, anytime someone coughs or sneezes it sends me into a moment of crazed paranoia….totally normal….) On that note, I’m thankful for insurance!

    I’m also thankful for friends, late night dance parties and supportive family members.

    Feel better!

  21. Oh I know what you mean about beets doing terrifying things! I pretty much never eat them but recently had a salad with them at a restaurant and almost cried the next day when I was convinced I was dying of some terrible disease (obviously not a hypochondriac at all…).

  22. I’m thankful that I start a 10 day vacation today.
    I’m thankful to go camping this weekend with my family.
    I’m thankful that while I have stage IV cancer, I am still able to run and do all that I want to do.

  23. I’m thankful that I’m on a plane right now ready to take off for Cancun, my first tropical vacation! In related news, I am also thankful for warm weather and swim up bars and butlers.

    Take care of yourself!

  24. I am thankful for the blue and white polka dot pajamas my little brother sent me as a gift during my recovery. They make me happy and are super-comfy.

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