My name is Melissa…. you can call me Sunshine if you like.
It’s a nickname I’ve had for several years, and truth be told, I like it. In fact, I like a lot of things: hiking outdoors, bummin’ on the beach, painting my toenails blue, laughing with friends, a good workout, great music, a nice
bottle glass of wine, savoring delicious food. There’s just one hang-up. I have Crohn’s disease. And what’s nutritious for you may well be deadly for me.
There is no known cure for Crohn’s. This blog project is one of many efforts to make peace with my body and to solve the mystery of how to live well, despite chronic illness. After 15 years, a handful of hospitalizations and two surgeries, the “big” answer remains unknown.
What do I know for sure? (Oprah, are you reading this?) I know I am loved beyond measure. I know that I am supported, cared for and cherished by countless numbers of family and friends. And I know that love is a mighty healing force.