I just found a new running blog I adore. Ali on the Run. Ali lives with Crohn’s Disease (or as she says, kicks it in the butt) and is a tough cookie runner training for her first marathon for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Ali inspires me because she is open and honest about her Crohn’s Disease, but she doesn’t focus on it. She makes me believe that anything is possible, even when living with an autoimmune disease! She is positive and strong.
I have found such comfort in reading her blog. It is nice to feel like someone understands what the rough days with UC can be like, (actually, Crohn’s is worse!) and her can-do attitude gives me courage.
For a long, long time, I have been debating having a tab at the top of my blog dedicated to Ulcerative Colitis. Today, you will see it there. UC is just one part of who I am. It does not define me. However, the same can be said about the fact that I’m a triathlete. Or runner. Or wife, sister, friend, daughter, nanny, intern, social media addict… you get the idea. We all have so many things that make up who we are, and you can only highlight so many of them on a blog.
It might seem weird to some that I’m choosing to highlight a disease as part of who I am on my blog. Trust me, I totally understand why you’d think that. It’s why I hesitated for so long. But if just one person finds comfort in what I say, or one person develops a greater understanding or sense of empathy for someone in their life with Crohn’s or Colitis, it is worth it.
What pieces of yourself do you choose to share? Are there some you choose to hide?