Personal Blogs #1: The Crohn's Curse

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Blog entry by BigRedKnothead posted 09-30-2014 10:40 PM 2349 reads 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 10:53 PM

Red, “and I believe my son will be awesome” ahem …. IS awesome as is his Dad. I know this. Good blog Red, keep it up, it’s on my watch list.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 11:19 PM

A sad story…. that will surely have a GREAT & HAPPY ending!!!
I just wish that only the good parts could be true and the bad parts a dream (nightmare).

There is no doubt that Dawson will follow in his dad’s steps….
Continuing on, as you both journey on, being awesome!!!

Your (and Heather’s) strength, love and devotion will go a long way in helping Dawson reach his full potential.
He is lucky to have both of you!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 11:35 PM

I’m sorry to hear this Red. I have known several people with Crohn’s disease. One was a firefighter. Tell him he can do that too. Last year when my wife was thought for a while to have Crohn’s disease they talked of the treatment of prednisone and the possibility of dissection of the bowel and that for some it could be a cure and never come back. Cindy was treated with a very strong round of prednisone and know it makes the symptoms better, but also has unwelcome side effects. I believe there is cause for much hope of better treatment in the future. All the best to you and your family Red!

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 11:36 PM

Red- I don’t have much to offer, except for prayer for you and your wonderful family. Rest assured, you will all be in the thoughts of many of us on LJs. Thank you for sharing with us – not just your skills, or humor, but also your most precious family.

God bless.

Your friend Paul.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 11:46 PM

Red, thank you for sharing and your friends are here to listen. I wish I had answers for you, I don’t but I believe your family has the love and strength to see this through.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 12:06 AM

You and your family are in my prayers. God Bless you all And, I am so glad that He is in y’alls lives.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 12:09 AM

Red, thanks for sharing the news, as difficult as that is… thoughts and prayers go out to your family. As you said, Dawson’s life will be awesome, the understanding and technology behind these issues are advancing constantly. Thankfully Dawson’s symptoms were found early. Don’t overlook the incredible resources just north of of you at the Mayo Clinic.

One of my best friends has endured and conquered Crohn’s for more years than I can count….he is the hardest working, most driven person I have ever known…..

You’re a great Dad and that’s a big part of the equation too….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 10-01-2014 12:55 AM

Red, Thanks for sharing with your LJ family. We will all be keeping ALL your family in our thoughts and prayers. All autoimmune mediated diseases suck but there have been some advancements in treatment/management. You just have to play the cards you are dealt the best you can.
Rarely a day goes by that I don’t ponder the “bad things/good people” thing butI haven’t received any answers either.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-01-2014 01:01 AM

The main reason Dawson will be fine, is because of the quality of his parents. He will handle life fine.

Another thing you can point out to your wife, her strength in battling the mountains in front of her is not only an inspiration to your children, but to the rest of us as well. It keeps me humble when I see people handle far worse problems than mine with dignity.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-01-2014 01:07 AM

Not much I can say, but you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers and wish you the best.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#11 posted 10-01-2014 01:10 AM

this was an oops.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 10-01-2014 01:16 AM

You’re carrying a lot of heavy crosses bro, I’ll send one up for you and yours.

Keep the faith, as I know you will, everything will pan out just fine.

Think good thoughts.

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#13 posted 10-01-2014 01:37 AM

Rojo, haven’t been on much lately with school keeping me busy but wanted drop in here all the same. I’ve got a couple friends with Crohn’s and it’s definitely a struggle, though like many adversities we find ourselves in possession of, we also possess a deep strength within us. It seems clear to me, from what I know of you and what you’ve related here in this blog, that both you and your wife also possess this strength and clearly know how to utilize it. I’m positive you’ve passed this on to your wonderful son just as surely as the gene for Crohn’s was as well, though the former (I suspect) is vastly more powerful than the latter. We can never alter the fundamentals of existence that life hands to us but we do get to decide how use them. I appreciate the write up and hope to read more.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#14 posted 10-01-2014 01:52 AM

Crohn’s is a rough hand to be dealt at any age. While I’m not a very religious man, I’ll be thinking of you and yours BRK. Crohn’s runs in my girlfriends family so I can identify with the concerns of passing it on to future generations, but the good traits we pass on will always outshine the negatives.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#15 posted 10-01-2014 01:53 AM

sad but inspirational
your love shines thru

having pondered those age old questions too

what is the purpose …,
what are we here for ….
where are we going ….

from socrates to all the philosophers
and all the world religions
these and more have been asked

i believe there is only one question that matters

and we don’t ask it

we will all stand before our Creator
and He will ask us

“what did you do with the life i gave you”

bless you and your family

the love you share is eternal
enjoy the gift

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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