I will always run on days when I cannot run

By Alison Feller, told Candy Schulman

In my 7th year, I was on a family vacation, living my best life. And so maybe I think so. I wasn’t sick – until I was. There is no sign that Crohn’s is coming. I was less depressed, but I was an active child. I immediately started throwing a lot. I have a fever. Back home, my father took me to the hospital for various tests. A specialist did an endoscopy and found all the pain in my digestive tract.

My family doesn’t know how to manage my Crohn’s disease. We had never heard of Crohn’s disease and were taught that it was a chronic disease that I would have forever. I thought my parents would think so. My thought was to go back to the dance floor. Even though I can dance, I’m happy.

I am lucky to have two kind and supportive parents. We met with the doctors, and they put me on oral prednisone to end that flame. As an adult, I have to take care of my illness, learn to support myself, call doctors, gain powers, and demand what I need in terms of care. Crohn’s disease strikes once a year. The steroids stopped. As I get older, it becomes more difficult to take care of. I was on medication. Over the years, I’ve been going through a huge cocktail of medications, trying to find that right one.

I started running when I was healthy. I love her! I was outside the gate on my first trip, four light poles. In the end, I decided to run the whole mile to the dog park. Three months later, my first 4 mile race was in Central Park. I finished six marathons, one half marathon, and many short races.

Do my best

I live in New York, I had a dream job as an editor of Hula Hula newspaper. I was the worst patient I had ever had and I had to go on medical leave, which lasted 2 years. I can’t leave home. I was sad, not myself. I’m in the bathroom up to 40 times a day, so I have to be close to the bathroom at all times. It’s not pretty and it’s fun to talk about. But it is my life. I do my best every day.

Crohn’s changed me a lot. I have to make the best decisions for me, my family, and my health. I ended up going to an office and someone told me how many sick days I had. I need independence and flexibility. Sometimes I have to do my work in the living room. I can do it if I do it for myself.

When I smoke sometimes, I can’t run. I always plan to walk around the rooms, the woods, or the trees. Living in the city was hard, so I moved to New Hampshire, which was surrounded by forests. One of these days, I was running in the woods and found a man with Crohn’s there in a critical condition. I always plan to walk around the restrooms, the woods, or the woods. Living in the city was hard, so I moved to New Hampshire, which was surrounded by forests. One of these days, I was running in the woods and found another person with Crohn’s there in a critical condition.

no worries

My life is much better with Crohn’s here. It’s more fun to sail now so I’m not worried. People want to ride with me because I can tell them where all the bathrooms are. I learned to change. I would always run on days when I could not run. I bought a train to help me with my illness.

Running is my favorite pastime, so I did a career on my podcast, “Ali On The Run.” Each week, I ask runners why they like the sport, how they run, and what they would like to do if they didn’t run.

My flares are different but come about once a year. They can last up to two weeks or a year. There is no consistency. I run as much as I want to run. If I know a race I want to run, I don’t register in advance if I have to cancel.

My advice is to do your best every day. Wale oe decide your best. Lower your expectations and make yourself happy. Don’t beat yourself up on hard days because there are hard days. This disease is very strong for me. I am committed. I can handle difficult things. The Crohn’s community is very supportive. Our conversation has real power. It humbles us with one.

Alison Feller is a podcaster, freelance writer and editor, runner, marathoner, and proud mother to Annie. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was 7 years old, she wrote about running and Crohn’s as a leading health and wellness journal. His weekly podcast, “Ali on the Run“The country’s number one. 1-number podcast on the run.

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