I recently reviewed a book on Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis written by Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Alexa Frederico. Alexa has lived with Crohn’s Disease for over a decade. Like me she is thriving, enjoying delicious meals and not allowing her diagnosis to define her.
This is the book I wish someone had given me upon my diagnosis in 2001 when my life seemingly turned upside down overnight. It is a book of hope and education.
Before I went into the hospital I was a speech therapist with a successful career in the medical setting. At the time my friends and I dined out weekly, we went to parties, we traveled. Life flowed easily. I could eat anything without thinking about whether or not it would hurt, much the less send me to the Emergency Room.
On July 3rd, 2001 I collapsed at work and my colleagues rushed me to the ER. I spent the majority of that summer in the hospital. Eventually I was fed through a line in my heart because I was unable to eat or drink. I had blood transfusions. Everything hurt so badly.
I remember staring out the window of my hospital room at magnolia trees that were in bloom. I missed my life and couldn’t wait to get back to normal. I had no understanding that there would be no quick bouncing back to the life I previously led.
Back then, social media was not a “thing”. In 2001 we were just starting to use email outside of work to socialize. Smart phones did not exist. My family brought books to me about Crohn’s Disease through which I educated myself on what exactly this disease was and what I could expect from it.
I recall how strongly I wished someone with Crohn’s who was dressed and alive, enjoying their life would walk into my hospital room and tell me how they did it. I wanted to know that I would be ok.
Alexa provides that example through her book.
Alexa addresses everything from the very basic definitions of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis to lifestyle topics such as how to find supportive networks that will foster healing in your life.
In addition to reading this book you can follow Alexa on social media to get an idea of what she eats and how she lives. That glimpse into her life may serve as a beacon of light during a dark time of your life.
This book is not only for the newly diagnoses. Even though I have had Crohn’s Disease for 17 years, I found myself learning new things and feeling validated about some of the choices I have made on my healing journey as I read The Complete Guide to Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: A Road Map to Long-Term Healing.
The book is available here on Amazon inpaperback and kindle.