Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Hi everyone! My name is Sam, I’m 16 years old and i am fighting against ulcerative colitis. For those who have no idea what this is, Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration causes unbearable abdominal pain.
Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body’s immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection. In people with IBD, however, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations.
Living with this disease means I’m out of school…a lot. getting steroid infusions, CT scans, x rays, colonoscopies, etc. I cant eat the foods my friends eat such as deep fried food, gluten, dairy, wheat, raw vegetables, or fruits with seeds. it has changed my life in so many ways, not to mention how embarrassing it can be to explain it to people!
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s are diseases with unknown causes and cures. I am raising money for the CCFC ( crohns & colitis foundations of canada) to fund medical research to help people struggling with the emotion and physical distress that comes with this disease.
The link below will bring you to my personal page/donation page:
if you are not interested in donating, i ask that you reblog this post in hopes of spreading more awareness and possibly obtaining more donations!
Thankyou to everyone who read this! <3
My memoir, cont’d - Why I hate people
If nothing else, these posts are helping me articulate things I’ve felt my whole life but never been able to put into words. There are things I’m ashamed of. Things I feel that scare me. Things that I’ve never admitted even to myself. I don’t know why it helps to post these things to the internet, but it does. Everything I confess feels like a piece of the life that I lost that I’m getting back somehow.
The latest is why I hate people who have good lives. People who have sane parents. People who grew up in clean homes. People who aren’t tens of thousands of dollars in debt because they had to finance their education themselves. People who don’t wake up every morning not knowing how they’re going to get through another day.
I’ve never really been able to understand where this resentment comes from, but while I’m being honest: I realize now it’s just outright jealousy. And hatred. I’m jealous of how easy it is for some people to do simple things that will always feel like a nearly insurmountable obstacle for me. Things like being physically or emotionally intimate with another human being. Things like having a conversation with a stranger that doesn’t result in cold sweats and heart palpitations. Things that some people take for granted.
And that’s where the hatred comes in. I hate that the vast majority of people who have these things will never understand why these things are so hard for people like me to achieve. I hate that many folks refuse to admit how privileged they are, how many advantages they have over the rest of us. I hate that so many people have condemned me for struggling with things that come easy to them. Have called me a retard and a pussy and a neurotic asshole and have told me I’m making myself physically ill over nothing.
Most of all, however, I hate myself.
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My memoir, cont’d - On why I’m not a violent offender
“Whoa. So, you should be like a serial killer or something. Why didn’t you become one?” Another humanity-challenged douchebag asks me.
“Maybe I’m just waiting for the right victim.”
If you want to freak out an asshat who has just duped you into revealing your history of abuse, only to say something as soul-destroying as that, try that line. I highly recommend it. I’ve never in my life seen the blood drain from someone’s face that quickly.
This episode is from my younger, wilder days, days in which I probably was on my path to being some kind of criminal, given current research on neuroscience showing that the brains of violent offenders are fundamentally different than those of “normal” people.
So, in some ways the asshat’s question is valid: why didn’t I become a criminal? My answer: I was damned lucky. Like lottery lucky.
The field of neurocriminology—using neuroscience to understand and prevent crime—is revolutionizing our understanding of what drives “bad” behavior.
If early biological and genetic factors beyond the individual’s control make some people more likely to become violent offenders than others, are these individuals fully blameworthy? And if they are not, how should they be punished?
A more profound understanding of the early biological causes of violence can help us take a more empathetic, understanding and merciful approach toward both the victims of violence and the prisoners themselves. It would be a step forward in a process that should express the highest values of our civilization.
Bonus video of Dr. Raine explaining the fMRI images above. Really glad to see his work out there.
“Greetings United States gov,
We are the Internet. Again, you are trying to pass this ridiculous CISPA law in order to control and censor the people. This will not stand. You already control the media, the economy, the criminal underworld, your national plots and our energy. YOU WILL NOT GET OUR INTERNET!
The U.S. law that would turn Google, Facebook, and Twitter into legally untouchable government spies just passed the House.
This bill affects everyone — not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data shipped directly to the U.S. government. That’s why Internet users overwhelmingly oppose this bill. Over 1.5 million people signed petitions against it. But Congress didn’t listen. This law broadened the state terror and repression of the people. By allowing corporations to track our every action on the internet the state and corporations will be merged and that we have seen before: it is called fascism.
We are going dark on MONDAY April 22nd at 6 AM GMT for 24 hours to protest your illogical and terrorizing bill against the Internet itself. Even with the whole Internet crying out to stop this BILL, the US House of Representatives failed to do so blinded by lobbyist’s money and cum in your eyes. So we will take action ourselves and open your eyes. Every popular/mainstream websites will be black until you, Mr. DronObama promise us to use your VETO power to stop this bill at Senate. Take this as a protest or a warning, as you wish. One thing is for certain, neither you or anyone else in this world can control the Internet, so don’t even try. Stop wasting taxpayers’ money into doing these kind of shenanigans.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
This blog may not be as important as Twitter, Facebook or Google, but I’m still joining the blackout. The Internet is our last source of freedom, don’t let them take it away from us. Spread the voice.