My name is Jaime and my long and complicated medical history includes a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in 1995, a total of seven surgeries resulting in borderline short bowel syndrome, severe iron-deficiency anemia that required blood transfusions, food allergies, and more. Doctors told me I was fortunate to be doing as well as I was, even though by all objective measures I was still quite sick. Finally, in January 2013, I decided that I wasn’t willing to settle for that anymore and began investigating natural diet-based approaches to healing my gut. I started out on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and now follow a eating plan inspired by the paleo diet movement that includes lots of grass-fed meats and organic veggies and fruits, and eliminates most refined foods, including gluten-containing grains. Though my health continues to be a work in progress, I am happy to report that my a colonoscopies since adopting this way of eating showed only minimal disease evidence “consistent with resolving Crohn’s disease” and I now only need periodic iron infusions to keep my hemoglobin and hematocrit in a normal range. In 2014 I experienced a setback when I contracted a serious drug resistant clostridium difficile infection. Eventually a fecal microbiota transplant cured the infection and I credit the healthy foundation I built by eating a nutrient dense anti-inflammatory diet for keeping me strong enough to survive the worst, to heal, and now to thrive. It is my hope that by sharing my story with the world I can help others facing similar challenges.
To read more about my journey, see my original post How I Became Gutsy By Nature as well as these posts about my healing path:
- 1 Year Ago Today… My Journey to Healing Crohn’s Disease with Food
- 30 Day Paleo Reset: Beyond the Food
- My Latest Health Challenge: Clostridium Difficile Infection
- Clostridium Difficile: A Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) Success Story
- I’ll Never Be a Paleo Success Story (and Why I’m OK with That)
- What Paleo Means to Me: A Gutsy Living Manifesto
I live in northern Virginia with my husband and two pampered pets. By day I work for a corporation that brings literacy education solutions to schools throughout the southeast United States and am also a part-time yoga teacher.