Friday, July 18, 2014

My IBD Can't Stop Me

Yesterday didn't really go as planned. I wanted to ride 15 miles but only rode 11.11 because I took a wrong turn somewhere along the route I planned out and ended up 4 miles short. Additionally, I had an infuriating experience with an AT&T customer service rep who seemed to think I was too stupid to realize he was trying to swindle me. Then I laid down for a nap at around 2 PM and woke up at around 9:30 PM wondering why it was suddenly dark out and I hadn't gotten any studying done. It was not my finest day. I ate a small dinner after I finally woke up and then hit the books because that's just what one does when the bar exam is imminent.

In other news, I found this IBD awareness type website where they were selling "My IBD Can't Stop Me" shirts. I fell madly in love with the quote on the back so I ordered a lightweight tech hoodie thinking I would be able to wear it in the fall. Little did I know that Tennessee would get some cold summer mornings this week that would allow me to wear the hoodie now. Here's the front:

And here is the back. 

I was a little hesitant about buying a shirt with "" on it, even in small letters, but I decided that life is short and maybe if more people were vocal about the challenges of living with Crohn's Disease, I wouldn't have had so much trouble getting reasonable accommodations at school. I had high school teachers who gave extra credit to students who didn't ask for bathroom passes. It was a serious problem for me because I genuinely needed to use the bathroom a lot during class, but I was also competing for valedictorian and didn't want my classmates getting extra credit that wasn't available to me. Then there was college when the housing committee could not seem to understand why a student with a medical condition that causes diarrhea should get first dibs on housing that had fewer people using the bathrooms. Fortunately the disability office was able to intervene on my behalf, but it always bothered me that that was necessary. 

When they sent my hoodie, they included the sticker and buttons above. I'm pretty sure that no one will actually bother to ask me about my IBD when I'm wearing the shirt or otherwise, but it's important to me to support groups that are trying to spread awareness in whatever small way I can. What about you? Do you know anyone who has Crohn's Disease or Colitis?

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