Friday, June 3, 2022

Deciding To Get Ostomy Surgery

I have had another article published on inflammatoryboweldisease.net about how my IBD journey continues.

Come read it here:

Deciding To Get Ostomy Surgery


Visit inflammatoryboweldisease.net for more articles regarding IBD.


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Gutsy Walk This Sunday

There are just days left to help raise funds for Crohn's and Colitis Canada's programs and research.

I am living proof that these programs and much-needed research work!  

I am also excited to be this year's Fraser Valley West's honorary chair so, join me Sunday, June 5 virtually or in-person in your community.

You can help me here on my Gutsy Walk page


Together as one, we walk to stop Crohn's and colitis.



Sunday, April 24, 2022

Gutsy Walk 2022

There are just 43 days left to help raise funds for Crohn's and Colitis Canada's programs and research.

I am living proof that these programs and much-needed research work!  

I am also excited to be this year's Fraser Valley West's honorary chair so, join me Sunday, June 5 virtually or in person in your community.

You can help me here on my Gutsy Walk page


Together as one we walk to stop Crohn's and colitis

Monday, March 7, 2022

Gutsy Walk June 5, 2022

Once again I will be participating in Crohn's and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Walk on June 5th, 2022 with the Fraser Valley West Chapter.

This year, I have been named the Fraser Valley West's Honorary Chair!  It truly is a great honor to represent the Fraser Valley West Chapter this year and hope to not only money for Crohn's and Colitis Canada research, but also more awareness of inflammatory bowel disease.  Hopefully also bring more awareness to the stigma of bowel disease and now as an ostomate.

If you would like to donate to my walk, please donate here:

My donation page

The cure for IBD is around the corner. We're so close.

Thank you for your donations.

~Vern

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

How My Crohn's Journey Began

I have had an article published on inflammatoryboweldisease.net about how my IBD journey began.

Come read it here:

How My Crohn's Journey Began


Visit inflammatoryboweldisease.net for more articles regarding IBD.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

'Twas the Night Before a Crohnie Christmas

Every year for the past 16 years, I read "Twas the night before Christmas" to my kids on Christmas eve before they go to bed...

Here's the Crohn's disease version


‘Twas the night before a Crohnie Christmas, quiet as a mouse
Trying to get to the bathroom without disturbing the spouse.
The TP was hung by the toilet with care,
In hopes that I don’t run out whilst I sat there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
I hope I’m not too loud lest I wake their sleepy heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
But I had to get up, I needed to crap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my throne to see what was the matter.
Away to the window, I flew like a flash,
Still pulling up my underwear to cover my ass.

I live on the west coast so there wasn’t any snow
Just dreary wet grass that I can see below.
When what to my very tired eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

A decrepit old driver, not lively or quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
He didn’t look well, he must be inflamed,
But he whistled, and shouted, and called his reindeer by name!

"Now Crohns! Now, Colitis! Now, Pain and Grouch!
On, Abscess! On, Fistula! On, Ostomy and J-Pouch!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

And then, in an instant, I heard on the roof,
The scratching and farting of that big, silly oaf.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the chimney, St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his toe,
He looked very fatigued, he moved really slow.
A bundle of toys he had flung on my chair,
He looked in pain, it must be a flare.
His eyes, how they squinted! His face quite scary!
He let out a fart, not pleasant or airey!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
I was getting prepared, he was gonna let another one go.
The bags under his eyes, I saw his fatigue
That comes from living with this dam Crohn's Disease.
He had a broad face, (must be the prednisone),
If he didn’t hurry, he would soon need the throne.


He was chubby and plump, a right smelly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
The moon face, mood swings and twitch of the head,
Soon gave me to know it was for sure the pred.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to the bathroom,
And filled my toilet with a splat! and a KABOOM!
And laying his fingers, covering his nose,
Giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, he now weighed so much less,
He thanked me and apologized for the big mess.
But when I heard him exclaim, I realized he knew my plight,
“I have Crohn’s disease too, it’s going to be one HELL of a night!!”

Merry Christmas everyone!!  Hopefully it's disease-free...at least for one day.
All the best for a happy and healthy 2022 !!!
-Vern

Thursday, December 16, 2021

From the Editor

 Hi all!

I wanted to give everyone an update because I haven't been posting as much as I normally do.
I have been going through some changes in 2021, some good, some bad.
My time has been busy with work but also school.  Yes, I went back to school (last February).  I have been studying to be a medical transcriptionist.  I am into my 4-week practicum right now so almost done.  Since 1988 I have read all my medical notes, surgeries, clinical notes, nurses' notes, etc, and felt that I can do that too.  It's been fun these past 10 months learning about different medical conditions, both physical and mental, but also very busy and challenging.  
I needed time off work last September/October for health reasons but when I was ready to return, they fired me.  They said my position as the office manager was made redundant but...well...no comment.  One thing I can say is the absence of stress from that job has been amazing!! I was with them for 18 years and my "boss" was very cold when they called me in to say sorry, but you're done here.  Good riddance.
I have also started writing articles for a health website but I will update that later as nothing has been published yet.
So, things are turning around. I'm still dealing with my ostomy (leaks, skin, etc) but it is what it is and I will need to learn to live with my new normal of Crohn's.  The biggest change is the absence of pain. It's a weird feeling and I realize it's strange to say so, but I have had pain for 32 years straight and just 1 year of no pain.  It's great, just different, especially not having to keep T3's "in stock" at home.  I haven't taken any painkillers since December of 2020.  The perianal abscesses and fistulas are gone for now and I can actually sit on hard surfaces again (but I still prefer a cushion 😁). My kidneys are correcting themselves finally and my B12, D, and iron are the best they have ever been in my entire life.  I can't thank my surgeon enough for giving my life new meaning and I told her so a few weeks ago.  She told me it made her day to hear it.
So, all in all, things are turning around finally and I hope to post more now that school is coming to an end soon.
Thanks for the messages and for everyone reading my blog!

-Vern