Crohns its a crazy thing.

Yes I am Kim Sowards In Manassa, Colo..I know alot about Crohns & how crazy it is in one's life. I had it now for 40 yrs . And also have a Illestomy for 36 yrs. Over the years i had over 50 Major Surgiers.. And to many Hospital stays.. If totaled in one long stay would be over 5 yrs.

But I learned Life is worth Living. Crohns may be hard, painful and not fun t have. But it help me get to know so many people that i would have not got to know. Seen things & leaned more about my self.

I am trying to write a book on all the different things that happen to me . The surgies & all the things that want wrong. Yes it will take a few months to do.. But i hoping it will help others with Crohns to see , YES CROHNS IS A CRAZY AD THING AT TIMES. But it does not end learnig, laughing, or doing things.. Yes you have to do things slower because you sick, or hurting or not able to at the time you like to do what ever..

Yes i was married for 8 yrs .. She had a hard time with it. Been un married for 4 yrs now. But Yes getting re-married to a person, amazing Woman that is all ok with things.. So you see if you keep hope, love and don't give up. Yes life can be wonderful. full & with Love..

Ok I know this is short/ I do more later.. But please if you know a person with Crohns or you have it. Please feel free to ask anything you like to know . And yes I love to be friends..

The more I help others , the more my life is full & better...

I NEVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY.. I ONLY SAID IT WOULD BE WORTH IT.....

KIM VAUGHN SOWARDS

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I've had Crohns about the same length of time you have and yes it can make life hard. Thank goodness I have only had one surgery and I can only imagine your suffering. I wrote a hub about crohns too. Don't be disappointed if not a lot of people read this because I didn't get a lot of interest in mine. If you can help a few people it is worth it though.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I am a retired nurse but have taken care of a people who had Crohn's Disease.

You seem to have a good attitude despite the number of set-backs you've had and I'm glad that you are finding happiness in your personal life.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Very nice to meet you my friend. I just noticed you are a new follower of mine. I still get excited every time I get a new one, and always will. I thank you for that! I'm all about attitude, and you've got a good one sir. I admire you greatly for it.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from you pal!

jim


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i've just read about it now...well, i might be doing research about...yeah, having surgeries and staying in a hospital is awful...i'm glad you survived it all...


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Hi Kim and thanks for sharing your journey of crohn's disease with us at Hubpages. I'm sorry to hear of your struggles but I can see you have a great attitude. I'm glad to be one of your new followers.


Crystar 4 years ago

Very interesting story. I enjoy reading yours. Nice to meet you.


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ar.colton 4 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

It's all about the attitude. I'm guessing Crohns like FMS (which I have) has no cure on the horizon. I'm young and sometimes have a hard time looking toward the 60 or 70 years I still have to life and knowing I'll have to live every one of them sick. I love hearing positivity from people who have lived through what I'm heading towards. It gives me hope for my future.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello Kim,

enjoyed reading your story. Afraid I didn't kmow anything about Crohns until now. very best wishes to you,

jandee


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aslanlight 4 years ago from England

You're a very courageous person! I suffer from ME/CFS and they don't have a cure, but I always get lifted up when I hear of brave people like you who can still be happy during suffering. It's all in the attitude isn't it! :)


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chspublish 4 years ago from Ireland

Hi Kim, your brave positive spirit leads the way of inspiration. Well done to you!

All the best.


Sparklea 4 years ago

Hi Kim, you are so inspirational! THANK YOU for an informatative hub. I do have a friend whose husband has crohn's, but I don't think it has progressed like yours.

Thank you so much. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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mvaivata 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing your story, Kim. I wish you all the best, and I hope that your book and your marriage are a smashing success!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

You have such a good heart, Kim, sharing and being helpful. All the very best in your new marriage as well as in your health.


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Very beautiful and inspirational story. I hope are able to continue living a long and prosperous life.


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Hi Kim thank you for sharing your story with us. I wish you all the best and hope your marriage is amazing!


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

You have an admirable outlook on life and I wish you well for you upcoming marriage. Thanks for SHARING.

Voted up,interesting and beautiful.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

One of my former co-workers and good friend has Crohns. Thankfully, she has only had 2 surgeries for flair ups and, like you, she doesn't let the Crohn's define her or stop her. So good that you shared your story.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Hi Kim and welcome to Hubpages, thanks for the follow and I will follow you. Admire your positive attitude in spite of the dilemma of your disease. May God bless you my friend and I wish you much success in life and living and in your new marriage. Voted up and beautiful...


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Donna Suthard 4 years ago

Hi Kim,

Thank you for your informative article!! Thank you for inspiring others with your zest for life..


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your wonderful attitude is what has seen you through all your suffering and I know it has been suffering! God bless you and hopefully you've reached a turning point and more joy is ahead!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

thanks for the 'help' Kim! Colorado has some found memories of watching NHRA racing on ESPN2. I have a friend in Colorado. Her and her husband are ranchers too and racers. They raise Peony flowers while selling dried ones on eBay. Have a great day!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A positive attitude goes along way.

My 11 year old nephew was diagnosed with Crohns desease about 15 months ago. He goes through a lot of pain for such a young person and is in and out of hospital. He is currently having steroid injections in his legs because of the joint pain. Unfortunately he does not have understanding teachers and is forced to do all sports required.

Thank you for sharing


Derdriu 4 years ago

KimVSowards, Congratulations on your achievements, especially on offering such a personal message of courage, enthusiasm and hope for the new year (that "2012")!

Thank you for sharing, and welcome to HubPages,

Derdriu


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Ingenira 4 years ago

Your positive attitude to life brings good things to you in the end. Keep it up !


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franciaonline 4 years ago from Philippines

This hub is an eye opener. I will read more about Crohns disease. Your life's experience is a source of inspiration for others who are living with a difficult ailment.

Thanks for following me because you led me to this hub.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I know someone young that has crohn's disease.. she has a very hard time with it.. You sound like a very positive person.

I will be looking forward to reading more hubs.

Debbie


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Wonderful testimony to life no matter how hard things may be. Your positive attitude is obviously what keeps you going and I applaud for that.

Good luck with your book.


Marsha Cooper 4 years ago

You do have a good attitude and it's great that you want to share your experience with others.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

You have great courage and you are a heartfelt lovely man. May God continue to shine in you brother. God uses you in might ways Keep going. Keep Shining and keep the faith kimvsowards. I live in Colorado too! A native Rocky Mountain girl. Hugs to you.


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Inspired 4 U 4 years ago from Queens, NY

Good to meet you and hear your story. You have an inspiring attitude about life! Congratulations on staying strong and postive through all your challenges, and attracting new love into your life. Be well and stay blessed.


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Hummingbird5356 4 years ago

With a positive attitude you can beat most things and make your life better. I wish you all the best in your marriage.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for sharing your story with us hubbers ! I do know a few people that do have Crohn's Disease so i do know what you are going through. Good luck with your book and here on HubPages !

Vote up and more !!!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

Doctors thought I had Crohn's, however they were never definitive about a diagnosis and still are not. I only know of one person with Crohn's--really a friend of a friend. Actually I am coming across more and more people who have Celiac. One has to wonder why these conditions are on the rise. The only thing I know is as long as people work on keeping their bodies more alkaline than acidic many problems go away.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Great goal I can't wait to hear you accomplished this!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

So glad to read about your great spirit and desire to not let a disease stop you from doing what you want to do. Bravo! I hope that you will share with us more of your work, your interests and your upcoming new marriage. Stay strong, rest well, and keep on writing. :)


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Crohns is very debilitating especially during flare ups, I have a lot of the symptoms of it but have never been diagnosed. I simply just quit going to doctors about fifteen years ago and rely on meditation and eating right. I still have some very bad days, but they're better than when I was taking the meds the doctors kept giving me.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi

I was diagnosed with IBD about 22 years ago, but had symptoms before then.

The first tests indicated Crohns; the second tests indicated Ulcerative Colitis. The doctor said that, though it was unusual to have both, since they were 'on a sliding scale', it wasn't really that strange.

Thankfully, I have been lucky enough not to need surgery, and to control it fairly well with medication, but regular flare-ups do make life very difficult.


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elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

I am looking forward to getting to know you-thanks for following.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

I know very little about Crohns but you sound really positive and upbeat so you deserve a lot of admiration. It's obviously hard to live with. Good luck with your marriage and all the best to both of you!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Here is a big Texas welcome...and wishing you the very best on hubs and your upcoming marriage. Thank you for the follow, always love to meet new people..

God bless,

Sunnie


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago

Your an inspiration Kim - keep up the great work!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I commend you for having such a great attitude in the face of this sometimes depiliating disease. I have a very good friend who suffers from this.

I am so happy to hear you have found someone who understands. A persons true soul comes out when faced with diversity and difficult situations. Glad to know you found your true mate.


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Hello Kim, keep your pecker up! I've never got to the bottom of what Crohns is, aside from what I've read in comments above - and although they express empathy and sympathy they don't specify symptoms or whatever. You might find your book sells well, as long as you find a sympathetic editor to 'clean it up' pre-publication.

Hope you enjoy your 'stay' with Hub-pages and look forward to seeing more of your writing. What sort of things interest you in the way of reading, by the way?


Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

voted up and awsome. You have the perfect attitude my friend. Chrones is a terrible and painful disease to have. I'm happy for you that you found love once again. Never give up!


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

You are an inspiration with a great attitude, as painfull as Chrones disease can be. I have also written a article on Chrones disease you might like to take a look at in your free time. Great hub Voted up!!!


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Good luck on your endeavors, Kim! I can't even imagine what you've gone through. All those surgeries . . . terrible. I have been so lucky. You are an inspiration. Thanks so much.


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4wardthinker 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

You have such a great outlook on life in spite of your struggles. Best wishes to you and your new wife.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, kimvsowards,

This is a great hub. Very helpful and informative. I admire and appreciate your talent. Voted up and away on this and just look at the comments you have received, proof positive that you were bound for HubPages. Keep the great hubs coming.


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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

My small step brother (9 years old), has crohns. I am so glad the health care system at home is so cost effective and over all effective because it hit my dad and step mom at a terrible time. He is doing great though. Thanks for this article. It made me worry a little less about him. I am curious if treatment has gotten better in the last few years?


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Sandyspider 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I know some people with Crohns. Not fun for them. Thanks for sharing.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Thanks for sharing part of you life with the world. I am interested when you plan to release your book. I am also writing a book about my life. I am so happy that you found someone to love you and all your challenges. I was lucky that my sweetheart said yes! I am so in love with her, and am happy to see you are back in a committed relationship.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is very inspirational. Thank you! I love your positive outlook despite the difficult illness that is Chrohns.


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

So nice to meet you Kim, your attitude is incredibly inspiring and I imagine that your writing has a positive effect on others too so I look forward to hearing more from you! Consider writing another hub on a hobby or even other coping skills that you have acquired over the years. You might also visit the "Forum" section for some great hub ideas. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge, that's what makes HP such a great place to write. Cheers!


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

I love your spirit! I'm glad you didn't quit when it got tough.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow, I can't imagine how it must be to have had 50 major surgeries. You are a real trooper for enduring such pain. Glad to know that you are doing better, especially that you are remarrying a wonderful woman. The couple we bought our home from had a trial with Crohn's. It seems that after they installed the reverse omosis water system in the home, the disease disappeared. Good results in this case. Best wishes on your book, Kim. Enjoyed your share and hope to see more posts soon.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thank you for sharing this part of your life. I must admire you you are an incredibly strong and brave person. Wishing you a better life in the future and congrats on your re-marriage. God bless.


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

I do admire your strength and courage. Your positive outlook encourages me to keep going. I will keep you in my prayers so that you may be blessed with continued good health.Congratulations on your remarriage!!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Life is truly worth the adventure of living. Think your profile leading to a hub is very creative. Cheers, To a long life well lived.


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Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

This is a very touching hub. Your strength and determination to be positive is an example to us all. Hopefully you can put pen to paper and share your experiences with the world. Many suffer in silence and helplessness. Your book might be an inspiration to them as well. Thanks


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Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

I'm glad you have survived so many surgeries. And if I read your profile correctly, you said you are remarrying your sweetheart. That's wonderful. My parents remarried one another after almost 20 years apart. They've been together another 20 years since then and love one another more than ever.

Voting up and awesome and sharing.

I look forward to reading more hubs by you.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Hi Kim,

Well, I'm glad you found me here on Hubpages. I have Crohn's 39 years and an ileostomy (29 years). I have had several surgeries, not near 50 unless you count the small procedures. I do hope you will write more. I have covered some of the Crohn's topic here and at my other website. Feel free to check it out!

Randi


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Hi Kim

Welcome to hupages. I have epilepsy and have been in the hospital and have had brain surgery. The hard thing was that it took about 2 years to really heal well, but the good thing is that it is helping me. I still take a lot of medication, but it is better then seizures. The first surgery did not help, and being bald twice was not so good.

I will pray for you and others about your Chrone's.

Voted up!


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klanguedoc 4 years ago from Canada

I happy to meet you. You have a wonderful message, you sound very strong, with a lot of faith. You are a true inspiration.


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Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Hi Kim, thanks for following. I admire your courage and outlook on life, and am pleased to follow you. For the afflicted you are a fountain of hope, and for those of us in reasonably good health, you remind us of how fortunate we are. Warmest regards, Bob


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PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

My oldest son has this disease. I appreciate you sharing this with us.


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Ana Louis 4 years ago from Louisiana

It is nice to meet you Kim, and I appreciate your following me. I have heard of Chrones, but really don't know much about it. I will research it. I am sorry to hear that you have suffered with the disease for so long, but I admire you spirit and determination to not give up. I look forward to reading more of your stories. Blessings.


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

Keep the faith, Kim. I was a nurse and have cared for many Crohn's sufferers. Life for them is totally centered on the symptoms and self care necessitated by this difficult disease. I admire your attitude. I wish you and Monica all the best.

Thank you for the follow.

How about more hubs from you?


Deb Welch 4 years ago

I will read up on Crohns disease as I know nothing about it. Many blessings to you and congratulations on your plans ahead. You are an inspiration and you are so busy. Awesone. Good meeting you here on Hub Pages and hope to read much more.


soumyasrajan 4 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! Kim

Very touching sketch. You have expressed so nicely -it will inspire many. Wish you all the good luck all your life.


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zionsphere 4 years ago from Oregon

I have heard of it, and have met people with it, but I feel fortunate to be without any loved ones who have it.


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swordsbane 4 years ago from Wisconsin

I'm just a hack who does political OpEd. You, sir are a courageous individual.... That you can still smile in your situation is impressive.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Kim, I know nothing about Crohn's, but it does not sound like fun. Your are an inspiration to the rest of us, and like my husband (Count down to a miracle) you sound like a miracle man.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

I forgot to thank you for the follow, have same. I hope to hear more from you (hubs and comments.)


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Eunice Stuhlhofer 4 years ago

Hi Kim. Thank you for following me and for letting me know you a little bit. You are brave and inspirational! As for the book you said you were writing, go ahead and do it. Your experience will give others insight and encouragement. Wishing you good times and strength.


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charlynjune 4 years ago from Philippines

Welcome to Hubpages.. Encouraging story up there.. Hope to read more of your posts..


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Cheryl J. 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Thanks for the insight and information on this horrible illness. I admire you for your positive attitude and bravery. I look forward to reading many more hubs that your write. Very informative hub.


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

I'm happy that you have found someone who could help you through your tough times. What an inspiration you are to others who have to face illnesses everyday.


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Better Living 3 years ago

Very honest and insightful hub. Thank you!


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

" Life is worth Living" - powerful and so true! I hope you do write your book about what have happened in your life, I would love to read it!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I hope you are doing well.


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shara63 3 years ago from Delhi

Hats off man , you are an inspiration to many ! God Bless You!!


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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Why there is so much suffering in this world -- other than what we bring upon ourselves -- is beyond me. All I know is that nature is a terrible beauty, stunning and demanding, and the Greater Intelligence behind all of it is as unfathomable to us as our complex minds are to an ant. Then again, I know this too: that a number of people who suffer long or unfairly have become deep feeling and highly empathetic people. We throw the word hero around quite a bit -- but for me the real heroes are those who suffer much but who retain all their humanity, and no shortage of kindness. Like you Kim. Hats off, Ken


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story, Kim, and for the follow. I look forward to seeing your book. Several members of my family suffer from diverticulitis, which can be debilitating at times, but apparently not as much as Crohns. I guess we should count our blessings.


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GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

You have a great attitude, best of luck to you.


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Dr Pran Rangan 3 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

Thanks for the hub. As a physician I know how serious Crohn's disease is. You have been suffering from it for about 40 years and had 50 major surgeries. I salute to your indomitable spirit to live, due to which you have been carrying on so well. Personally, I feel that the Almighty is very happy with you as He has filled you with so much of positiveness to face your disease boldly.

You have mentioned that you are planning to get remarried. My good wishes to you for a happy and wonderful married life.


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Jennifer Suchey 3 years ago from Northern California

My sister has Crohn's, my dad has had ulcerative colitis and my niece has had one or the other . . . the doctor's weren't quite sure which. I understand the frustrations of it and how difficult it can make life. My sister has had her large intestines removed and my niece had a similar surgery, though I can't remember exactly what it was now.

My dad was bleeding was told if he didn't stop bleeding he'd eventually die. Yet nothing the doctors did stopped the bleeding. A pastor at the time, he believed in the power of prayer and had seen many miracles. He finally threw away the pills that were clearly not doing him any good and within a couple of days the bleeding stopped. God healed him of ulcerative colitis. :) That was in the early 1980's.

Thanks for sharing your story and wanting to be there for others who are suffering as well. I'm glad you found an amazing new woman to share your life with. Take care.


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Raitu Disong 3 years ago

This is a very inspiring hub!

May God bless you and keep you always.


gsurvivor 3 years ago

You're a brave man, thank you very much for sharing this! :)


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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

Welcome to HubPages! Thanks for following me. I hope that you will keep writing as you have much to tell and I have much to learn. I admire your strength, your positive attitude and your desire to help others. I spent my entire career helping others. It was my calling and my passion. You seem to be passionate about sharing your story, helping others, and writing your book. Doing what you love and feel passion for assures your success. Keep the faith and don't be afraid to ask for help. Individuals here at HP are very helpful and supportive. I am looking forward to reading your next hubs.


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NancySnyder 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Hi Kim, thank you for sharing your story. You are correct: life gives us many setbacks, but it is how we react to those setbacks that define us. I look forward to reading more of your writing.

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