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Travelling with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

May 13, 2016
Crohns and Colitis

In recognition of World Crohn’s and Colitis Day.

Many people think that having Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a death sentence.  You simply cannot do anything or go anywhere.  It is just too hard to deal with the hassles of travel in order to get to a place of peace and quiet, or visit an exciting city.  People wonder how they will deal with the lines and the long waits at airports or how they will choose the right meal at an unknown restaurant or where the bathroom is, just in case.

Most people do not realize that there is an easy way to travel with IBD.  I have been doing it for years.  My road began in 2009 when symptoms first started to appear. It was not until 2010 that I realized something serious was wrong.   At that point other secondary symptoms like severe arthritis and ulcers started to pop up but I did not yet realize that they were related.  My diagnosis did not come until after a year weaving thru the Canadian medical system.

RVing was the perfect travelling solution for me.  Not only were we ready to move up from tent camping, which I had done all my life, but we wanted to explore more and go further.  So we bought a 21′ Hybrid trailer.  It was big enough for our family of four, but also light enough to be towed by our SUV.  For me it was a perfect solution.  It is a bathroom on wheels, you never need to know when the next truck stop or fast food restaurant will be or how disgusting the bathroom will be when you get there.  My bathroom is always being towed behind me.  I never have to worry about what I can eat or cannot eat when the next meal comes along.  If I am feeling good and there is a restaurant that looks safe, I may try my luck, but if I am not feeling well or we cannot find somewhere safe to eat, I can just pull something out of the fridge that I know will be safe.  If a few bad days hit and I can spend my days laying in bed.  I much prefer laying in bed with the tent window down all the way, with a view of a mountain, lake or beach out the window versus staring out the window at home looking at my neighbors wall.

Since we got the trailer, we have been to PEI , with stops in Lake Placid, Bar Harbor and Quebec.  We have also been to Myrtle Beach with stops in Delaware Beach, Virginia Beach New Bern, Asheville, Wytheville and Columbus.  There have also been many smaller weekend trips in the spring, summer and fall.  We have done over 10,000km with our trailer and have never once needed to worry about where to eat, when we will stop, or where the bathroom is located and we have seen some amazing sites along the eastern side of Canada and the US.

Currently there is no known cure for Crohn’s or Colitis.  If you have the means please consider donating to your local Crohn’s and Colitis association to help find a cure.

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