I am excited to have Lauren from Forward is a Pace as a guest blogger for today’s Saturday Sound Off. You may already remember from a previous blog post that she is one of my favorite bloggers. But you may not know why she is one of my favorite bloggers. What keeps me reading Lauren’s blog is her zest for life and her ‘glass is half-full’ perspective. She truly has an upbeat vibe that can change how you feel about your day! I have never met Lauren in person, but that might change at the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. We are both running the half marathon with our husbands. Lauren and her husband are also running with Team Challenge to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. I have donated to her cause and I hope you will too! Just click here to contribute to her fundraising! Go Lauren & Team Challenge!
This is me.
I’m Lauren, a twenty six year old triathlete, marathoner, social media enthusiast, and oh-so-much more. (And I blog about it all at Forward is a Pace.) I’d like to ask you something.
Do I look sick to you?
Whatever your answer, I’m going to tell you mine. I am.
Rather, I live with a chronic digestive disorder called ulcerative colitis. I prefer to phrase it this way because it is something I will deal with on a daily basis for the rest of my life. I refuse to believe I’m always sick. “Living with ulcerative colitis” sounds better. It’s a part of who I am.
At any rate, although this is a sound off post, it’s not a “Why me?” post. I don’t know why I got ulcerative colitis, and frankly, it doesn’t matter. What matters is something I taught me that I’d like to share with you today.
Just because someone looks fine on the outside does not mean they feel fine on the inside. This applies to all kinds of things. Little things, like bad days, colds, and tiredness. Big things like chronic illness, death of a loved one, and heartbreak. (Yes, I think heartbreak can be, or at least feel, that big.)
The day that picture was taken, I was in the beginning stages of the worst ulcerative colitis flare up I’ve ever had. Even knowing that, when I look at the picture, I don’t see it.
This isn’t about sympathy. I don’t want you to leave here thinking, “Oh my gosh, poor Lauren, she has UC.” Absolutely not. It’s about taking a step back before you judge someone and realizing that things aren’t always what they seem.