Recently, I was walking my dog around a park and saw a group of kids running around a merry-go-round. I watched as they played on it. Sometimes everything was going smoothly, the kids were running properly, and the merry-go-round was spinning fast. Then, there were a few times when the merry-go-round came to a stop, and it was incredibly difficult for the children to get everything going again.
This made me think about how I’ve lived with Crohn’s disease since I was 11, and how much the experience has been like living on a merry-go-round. It always seems like once I get my body moving and keep a healthy routine, everything feels better. But when a flare hits or when I get lazy, everything seems to come to a stop. There are times when people ask me how I keep moving and doing so much with Crohn’s disease; well, it’s all about keeping my body moving, and when it comes to that stop, getting back up and moving again.
It’s like that for so many of us. Many times a flare can cause our lives to be turned upside down. We don&rsqu