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My spoonie journey

My spoonie journey

In november 2017 I got a gastroscopy that showed there was a strange mass/tumor on my esophagus, between the trachea and my heart. I have had increasing pain in this area for several years but my GP kept telling me it was heartburn, so I took heartburn medication for...

Recognizing Victories

Recognizing Victories

I am a wife to a loving husband and a mother of two amazing teenagers. I didn't reach that story easily. My son was born in 2003 at 32 weeks gestation due to Toxemia and HELLP Syndrome. He spent 22 days in NICU before coming home at 4 lbs. I was diagnosed with...

Tearable but not rippable

Tearable but not rippable

I was diagnosed with 'Crohn's Disease with Crohn's Colitis', a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on September 1, 2013. I was 20 and about to begin the final year of my undergraduate degree. I recovered within months, and all was well again. It was my relapse...

Feel Something, Say Something

Feel Something, Say Something

I come from a hyper-stoic Polish family by way of Chicago. You. Do. Not. Complain. Period. So decades of “potty problems” bred inattentiveness in class, crappy (NPI) grades and therefore a 3rd rate secondary education. That amounted to jobs I could manage as opposed...

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