Remission from Inflammatory Bowel Disease is not a destination – it's a way of life. You will not simply arrive there, you will live and breathe remission every day. Remission requires planning and awareness; strength and grit; a pronounced ability to adapt within new and challenging contexts and circumstances. Remission is like surfing down the face of a big wave or moving with the agility of a hummingbird – it's a state of flow with your natural surroundings where harmonious freedom meets refreshing control – no longer resisting or fighting nature's power, but instead harnessing her energy for your mutual, symbiotic benefits.
Achieving remission from IBD does not require magic. It instead demands remarkable persistence and a new state of mind. This change will allow you to engage reasonable strategies based on scientific discovery and evidence. You will begin to reconcile and observe the delicate interconnection of human biology to the environment you inhabit. You will acknowledge yourself as an individual with unique life circumstances, needs, and dreams who will always require tailored interventions designed specifically for you and by you.
You will learn that your condition gives you superpowers: as someone with IBD you have extraordinary and rare abilities allowing you to sense the makeup of your environment and to differentiate between what heals or harms you to an extent significantly beyond that of the average human. With your new realized superpowers you will iterate continuously and make changes to your life that bestow robust states of health into the very core of who you are.
Embarking on the road to remission takes time and the process is non-linear. You will encounter obstacles that you could not predict nor prevent; however, you must never give up or give in. I can promise IBD does not sleep and remission will not spontaneously arrive on your doorstep. Instead you will intentionally harness the tools, the community, and the mindset to become a person who is stronger, happier, and more adaptable than ever before. At this time remission will cease to be a far-off, unattainable destination – it will become your way of life.