Sup funky monkeys. I know it has been a while but I genuinely have a valid excuse. Been in Thailand for the past month. Yes I can hear your cries of disbelief from here. What was I thinking, right. I mean I have Crohn’s. I should be following a strict regiment of healthy foods and drugs. Lots of freaking drugs. And doctors. Lots of freaking doctors. Well to all you who feared for me, I say thank you. To all of you who didn’t, I say thank you (I appreciate the faith).

My disease has held me back greatly. Maybe not physically but mentally. I have spent many many years being angry, and even to this day I can have irrational bouts of anger that stem from having Crohn’s. It is not so much feeling sorry for myself but just being angry at feeling diseased for want of a better word. Abnormal. Whatever. Being constantly questioned about my health is a constant reminder that I am unwell. Being reminded that I am unwell is frustrating. This is one of the main reasons I find liberty in solitude.

Anyway, Thailand and Crohn’s. Crohn’s is obviously an autoimmune disorder. Probably not that obvious if you don’t have it and I have not mentioned it before but take my word for it, it is. This is down to an over active immune system and can be linked to similar autoimmune disorders such as spondylitis and eczema. It is not fully understood how it is triggered but there are many theories and different theories to treatment/cure. One theory is known as Helminthic Therapy. This is where hookworms and other parasites are introduced to the body. This gives the immune system a target to exercise on rather than attacking the body. This type of treatment and shown various degrees of success but there is a link below to read up a bit more on it.

http://autoimmunetherapies.com/candidate_diseases_for_helminthic_therapy_or_worm_therapy/crohns-disease_helminthic_therapy.html

Anyway what does all this have to do with Thailand? Well I felt like I thrived in Thailand. The pace of life and the amazing people I met on the way made me forget my disease. As they say, out of sight out of mind. And as my Crohn’s can be triggered by the stress of having Crohn’s, I didn’t think about it at all (unless I was taking my Humera). This was awesome. Also the whole Helminthic Therapy thing. I mainly ate street food. Which is some of the best food I have ever eaten, but not necessarily the cleanest. everything is out in the Thai heat and cooked right there on the street.

I never got ill from eating street food and I think it was because of the preparation of it. My immune system actually had something to do. My mind was occupied and my immune system was occupied so it didn’t have time to worry about Crohn’s. I dunno but that is my theory, and I have never been wrong. About anything. Ever. I can’t even type that with a straight face. Anyway one thing I have comeback thinking is that people hear in the UK need something wholesome to occupy their minds from the relentlessness of life here. Not mind numbing because that is not good. Never has been. Having a numb leg sucks so why would you want that for your mind. Not sure what that would be yet but it is an idea.

I am going to finish this is the tune of the holiday. Ever since I was shown this song I have probably listened to it once a day. Cheers Leigh. Temple.

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