amy | February 5, 2008 ( 7:29 AM)

Happy SCD Anniversary!

Today is my one-year anniversary of being on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for Crohn's Disease. I guess it's kind of a big day! This morning, while eating some yummy homemade yogurt, a lemon poppyseed almond-flour muffin, and a very ripe banana, I got to thinking about it. A year. A whole YEAR. You know, this diet may end up being the biggest, most important life change I'll ever have made. I am proud of myself for sticking with it—and having had the guts to try it in the first place. Otherwise I'd be sitting here feeling sick, relying on iffy medication, and worrying about the future. But instead, I'm feeling better than I have in my whole life.

On this first anniversary, here are some of the things I'm especially thankful for:

  • Great food that makes me feel good.
  • Remission without medication.
  • My mom Beth, who has been there for me every step of the way.
  • My SCD pals who've been a great inspiration. (Thanks for the ice cream maker, Jill!)
  • My husband and toddler, for being OK with a slice of bread on the side of an otherwise grain-free meal.
  • An amazing pregnancy with no Crohn's complications.
  • Feeling well during this hormonally sketchy postpartum time.
  • Cassidy, my beautifully healthy SCD baby.

It has been a year of health, happiness, and freedom from gut pain. Here's to feeling good!

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2/10 swim meet Brighton
2/17 swim meet Grand Haven
3/2 swim meet West Bloomfield
3/16 swim meet Milford
3/30 YMCA Indoor Tri Ann Arbor
4/5 10k Martian Meteor
4/18 - 4/20 1650 free,
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500 free,
200 free,
100 free,
200 IM,
100 IM
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5/4 10k Burns Park Run
6/1 Half Mary Dexter/A2
6/8 Sprint A2 Tri
7/13 Sprint Waterloo
8/2 Half IM Steelhead