Going to the Beach: Theory vs. Reality

The beach can be a fickle mistress, especially if you don't get to go there too often. And what was planned as a relaxing retreat, can turn into a living nightmare pretty quickly. It's not that the beach is a bad place, but it's definitely a place where bad things can happen to good people, especially when compared to how you think it might go and how it often goes in the movies.

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After a battery of tests and misdiagnoses, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease twelve years ago, and thus began a long battle with trial-and-error medical treatments. I changed my diet several times, even though my doctors didn’t seem confident it would change much (it didn’t), went to physical therapy for pain-related issues, and took so many different pharmaceuticals I can’t even begin to recall each and every one. My days were foggy due to side effects from pharmaceuticals, such as steroids, that made me feel worse than I did before I even took them.

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