Life and Living with Crohn's Disease

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About Suz’s Lyfe

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Alex and I at the Eiffel Tower during out stay in Paris during our honeymoon.

I am complicated.  Get used to it.

Who I be:

I was born April 9, 1988 (so whatever age that currently makes me!). Random fact: Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox on April 9. You’re welcome. Another random fact: My family is very, very old Atlanta: as in, General Hood who surrendered Atlanta to Sherman old-Atlanta. Suck on that, Real Housewives. Also, until this year, none of them lived inside the perimeter. But I digress.

At the moment, I live in Chicago, IL, but I was born and raised in Atlanta and lived in the same house until my parents sold it this summer. I basically picked up and left in favor of Charlottesville, VA, when I left for college, and I followed college with 2 years at Columbia in Manhattan. After a final year in Charlottesville while Alex (my husband) finished med school, we got married and moved to Chicago.

Horses were my life from the age of 5 until 22, and I continued to compete until 24. I developed a passion for fitness and working out around 10th grade, and this became a passion for long distance running balanced with strength training the last few years of undergraduate.

Something that I feel can define me in other people’s eyes but is something that I try to never let me define myself, is that I have lived with Crohn’s Disease since October 11, 2001. I do not suffer from it; I live with it and I learn from it. My journey with Crohn’s has given me both the greatest gifts (fitness, healthy eating, distance running, accomplishments I could never have dreamed of before, a way to reach out and help others) and perplexing challenges (fears of true infertility, fear of my stomach, fear of foods, dietary restrictions, mental impediments). My hope is that, whether or not you also have Crohns, another IBD/IBS, or illness, that you can glean something positive and constructive from my stories and how I have come to approach my situation.

After coming to Chicago, becoming a married woman (FINALLY), and again coming up short of a “real” job, I struggled to secure my place. My first objective for this blog was to use this space to help me find myself again. I went to school with great ambition and intention, but I time and again watched my plans go awry, as I am sure many others my age also have. But with the incredible, undying support and love of my family (particularly my mom and husband), who are so understanding of the complexity and frequent mine-field of my personality and physicality, and taking a series of chances on myself, I have found myself again. And now, more so than ever, I have learned what it means to live life beyond expectations–your own, your body’s, or other’s.

So what can you expect? A little bit of everything: running, exercise, lifestyle, food, exploration, thoughts both searching and superficial, etc. Because I am a mixed bag of awesome. You better believe it. And you better believe that you are, too.

13 Comments

  • Reply your mommy, Clare

    When you were a young kid (little girl didn’t sound right)
    someone asked me to describe you in a few words–it took only one……”very”….

    You have always been “very” as in smart, cute, stubborn, funny, artistic, athletic, blonde…..

    Whatever the adjective you were and still are “very”

    April 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      ERMIGERD I love this.

      April 21, 2014 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Meredith

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! I can’t wait to try out some new recipes and continue reading your stories 🙂

    April 27, 2014 at 9:01 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Yay! Feel free to email me or tweet me at any time

      April 27, 2014 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    How can I contact you, suzie?
    Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy recently posted…WIAW #1 – PORK BELLAY!My Profile

    July 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Feel free to email me at suzlyfe (at) gmail (dot) com

      July 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Why I Blog : Blog Writing Process Tour | Suzlyfe

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    July 15, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Atlanta to Chicago I’m sure is a big change for you, especially in the winter months. Even with the brutal winters, I’ve heard that Chicago is a great city!

    August 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We really do like it, but you aren’t kidding with the brutal winters. All of the native Chicagoans were telling us that even they have never seen anything like this past year, and I can only hope!

      August 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Hi there! I started following your blog via Sweat Pink. Just wanted to say “hello” and that I’m currently living in Charlottesville, and my boyfriend is a current med student here at UVA! Look forward to reading more from your blog 🙂
    Jess @hellotofit recently posted…Monday motivation – accept the changeMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 5:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, I know well what you are going through! So glad you stopped by, I can’t wait to check out your blog as well! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about navigating being the significant other in that lovely situation 😀

      January 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply heather

    I was a police officer in Atlanta for almost 15 years!!!! I loved Atlanta. Have a great day
    bakingrunner.blogspot.com

    October 15, 2015 at 10:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome, Heather! Thank you so much for protecting my beloved city 😀

      October 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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