Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Colitis/Colonless Curse

For the last eight years, my weight has served as a significant indicator of my health. To file for disability one has to document substantial weight loss; 10% over a 60 day period. This is easy for those with an IBD- and now I know it's easy for those without a colon. When I hit 15 pounds lost, I know it is time for drastic measures. My "healthy weight" has a 5 pound window. I haven't held at that weight for over a year now.

Most people complain that their pants don't fit. Lunges in freshly dried jeans may help you; not me. I get comments all the time about my weight. Others, I would imagine, welcome skinny jokes. To me it is a constant reminder of my disability.

When did it become ok to comment on someone's weight? Does everyone feel they know me well enough to say how skinny I look? If I were over weight, would it be ok to say, "Gosh, you're looking fat!"? It's the same to say, "Gosh, you're looking skinny," to someone without a colon (or an IBD)!

I'd love it if a few cheese burgers would do the trick (I get that suggestion all the time). I wish my pants fit right. But as hard as it is for someone who over eats to be called fat, it is just as hard for someone who can't properly digest food to be called skinny.

You can't stop eating? Well, I can't stop my food from rushing through my gut.

Leave me alone and I'll leave you alone. Deal?

Unfortunately, the people who usually read this are close enough to make fun...


  1. oh man, i HATE when people I don't know comment on me being skinny or 'really tall'... in my case it isn't even a medical condition but I agree, it is super rude. Sometimes people stop me on the street to tell me I am really tall... as if somehow I hadn't noticed in the last 30 years!

    people are dumb

  2. I hear ya lady... I too struggle with the 'skinny' comments. people used to often think i had an eating disorder. little do they know i eat pounds of cake every other week-ha. love ya lady