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2012 Colitis Camping – Video Included

Adam camping with troutHey there UC’ers of the world,

I hope you all have a few laughs with this years Colitis Camping Video that’s down at the bottom of this post, but most importantly, there’s a few serious messages that I hope seep in too.

I’ve learned a ton ( or should I just say CRAPLOAD) from everyone who uses the website, and especially from those of you who write me emails about your UC, your son’s/daughter’s UC, or your boyfriends colitis symptoms etc… And although after 30-50 emails per day and sometimes more, I often think I’ve heard it all about this disease… THE REALITY IS:

there’s always something new to learn,

and something new to keep you motivated

when you’re running a website for the UC’ers of the world.  ALWAYS!

One thing that not only keeps me motivated, but also pisses me the hell off, is one of the evil tricks UC plays on so many people.  Sure, there are the bloody, loose, watery craps that any UC’er probably knows about.  And certainly there are the awful joint pains, or abdominal cramps that nobody but a UC’er could understand.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s all true right?

But that’s not what I’m getting at here.  That’s not what I was thinking about when I created this video the past three days.   And I don’t think I got down and dirty for even a second about symptoms and common signs of UC in this video.  Nope, none of that yack.

What bugs the hell out of me is how so many people feel that life as you previously knew it is instantly over because of a UC diagnosis.  That’s such a jacked up thought,  and one which pisses the living you know what out of me!!  (And don’t get me wrong, I was guilty for thinking that a while back as well.)

 NO more of “this”,

or no more of “that”,

all because you have UC…

To me, that’s absolute BULL DOOKIE DOG

(as my cousin Lawrence used to say)

You all have to make that decision on your own.  If you want to give up on your dreams, and stop doing the things you love to do, well that’s you’re call.  But if you want to take a step back and find ways to continue your life as you want to live it, you’re in charge of those decisions too!

I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll be camping until my final days, and whether it’s camping for you too, or something else, I’m pretty sure there are enough UC treatment options out there to allow you to make it happen. (And don’t discount surgery as an option, there’s too many UC’ers who are Extremely HAPPY with their brave decision to get surgery, I’m not one of them, but you can read their stories right here on this site too if you want)

Good Luck UC’ers!

You all rock in my book.  And for those of you who are scared as hell to be far away from a bathroom at this point in time, I understand.  I was thinking the same about 3 1/2 years ago.  Oh YES I WAS.  BUTT, that can change as well.  Keep your heads up, and life is going to be alright.

Here’s this year’s Colitis Camping Video:

 

 

-Adam Scheuer




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20 Responses to 2012 Colitis Camping – Video Included

  1. Kurt August 1, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    I have kayaked the N. Stan. A few times UC..that is such a nice river.. Hope to get back on it soon.

    • Adam
      Adam August 1, 2012 at 7:50 am #

      That’s great Kurt,

      Yes indeed, that is one special river for sure! Great to hear from you, and sure would be awesome to see you floating down the river someday in a kayak!

  2. JamieIsLame
    JamieIsLame August 1, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I got an email saying “colitis and camping, is it possible?” and automatically thought YES!
    last year amid my most serious flare, I went to Oxegen music festival in Ireland, although i could hardly walk and running to the toilet 20 times a day, I still went and survived! :P

    • Adam
      Adam August 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Pretty Cool Jaime!

      I haven’t been camping in the middle of a nasty UC flare, so I think you’re story tops my for sure. Way cool that you were still able to have fun! good JOB!!!

      -Adam

  3. Johnny Drama
    JohnnyDrama August 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    That video was tight! That looked like a chill time Adam, no doubt about it. I totally can tell your friends are hung over and your feelin great haha, thats whats up!!! I actually went camping a month ago and did a little hill billy handfishin haha, caught some massive channel catfish on the ole Platte River, its been a major drought here and hasn’t rained in like 40 days and everyday been gettin up in the hundreds, so Im waiting for this weather to go down and I’ll be out campin it up soon. Damn that phish looked goooooood,i just had to wipe the drool off my keyboard. Im gunna have to bust out the camera next time, Im out camping haha and show you how we do it Midwest style yo haha.Ill be reelin in good a video and some hopefully some nice fishys.
    Good to see your having a blast! In the mean time keep making them videos and you have yo self a gosh darn good summer!

    • Adam
      Adam August 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

      Yo Drama,

      If you can get a some hillbilly fishing caught on Camera and get it over to youtube, well then I’ll have to come up with some special prize for you!! Especially if you can turn it into a colitis video!

      Good to hear from you, and happy to hear you’re camping it u Midewest Style.

      PS: Do you make your tents out of corn stalks out there senor???

      -Adam

  4. Blake August 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Hey Adam,
    That looked fun! Hope to be out camping soon with my new J Pouch (coming August 21st)! I don’t think I can beat those breakfasts though (looked awesome by the way). Probably gonna be eating raw hot dogs and BBQ chips for breakfast. Take care!

    Blake

    • Adam
      Adam August 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Hey Blake,

      So happy for you getting the final surgery over so soon! Pretty cool man, I’m sure you’re way pumped to get ti out of the way and not having to think about surgery on your schedule anymore.

      Raw hot dogs…I think I have a family member who actually likes those…won’t say who for fear of retaliation..

      Get your camp on buddy, and Best of luck to you. You’re story is way inspirational to many. Good luck Blake,

      -Adam

  5. Paul Willoughby August 2, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Awesome video! Camping is one thing I have not done since UC – although I have been fishing some. Mornings are tough for me so I think I would have needed to bring some poop supplies with me on that hour trek away from the outhouse just in case…

    Paul

    • Adam
      Adam August 2, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Thank Paul, glad you enjoyed the vid. I really hope mornings can get easier for you. It’s tough when you’re trying to get out of the house to work and doing all the other morning stuff and you find the majority of the time spent doing/thinking about UC stuff… Take care, and great hearing from you,
      -Adam

  6. Bev August 2, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    That was SO awesome Adam!!

    Great friends, great times, great food…what more can you ask for in life???

    Happy trails, my friend,

    Bev:)

    • kimberly August 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Hey Bev,

      Let me first say, how much I enjoy reading your response to other UCer’s posts. You are truly kind.

      I remember a while back you had mentioned the probiotic that you take….

      I live in Vancouver, and I believe that you are in the Okanagan, so I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind letting me know what brand you get? I am forever getting lost in the aisles at WholePaychecks. Haha, I mean, WholeFoods.

      Thank you for your time,

      Sincerely, Kimberly

      • Bev August 4, 2012 at 7:40 am #

        Hi Kinberly in Vancouver!!

        Yes, indeed, I live in beautiful Penticton! I know…lucky, right? I love Vancouver as well. A gorgeous city!

        I take one capsule of ULTIMATE FLORA CRITICAL CARE by RENEWLIFE every day. They run about $40 per month supply, or if you buy two months (60), they are a better deal by about $10. I really have to swear by them, but I suppose any probiotic that is 50 billion strong may just do the same job.

        Thank you for being so kind…and enjoy Stanley Park!!

        Cheers,
        Bev:)

      • Bev August 4, 2012 at 7:41 am #

        Oops! Me and my typos…I meant Kimberly…sheesh…I go too fast…lol

    • Adam
      Adam August 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

      Thx Bev,

      you rock!

      —Adam

  7. shelly in maine August 2, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Worth the wait…glad you made it-smoothies and all! Notice the word ick in crickets-are those scd legal? :-) I’ll stick to my kind of camping right here on the lake with indoor plumbing. Oh I do have a back up generator to always be able to make power smoothies!
    Congrats Adam :-) best and continued good health, Shelly

    • Adam
      Adam August 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

      Haha Shelly, Crickets and SCD…I’m gonna take a wild guess that they would be legit, but gonna leave that one to some others. not quite ready to throw them in the cookbook, but…who knows, if I get crazy enough, I’ll try to put one down on camera next year at the camping trip…maybe:)

      Indoor plumbing…camping…must be nice Shelly!!! I think my wife would love the sound of that!

      OK OK, maybe we can hold a UC’er Smoothie-A-Thon…sounds tasty right?

      -Adam

  8. kimberly August 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Thanks, Bev!

  9. Kristine August 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    This video was awesome! Camping is something my husband and I love doing and I’m glad to see it can still be done with UC. I was diagnosed with UC only 4 days ago, but I’m feeling much better now that I’m taking medication. I am so happy I stumbled upon this great web site. I am looking forward to trying the recipes from the cook book and taking control of this disease. Good luck everyone :)

  10. Torie
    torie September 7, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    this was so inspirational…
    our fam (my husband me, and 3 teenage girls and our boy who is 11) went camping for 3 weeks earlier this year. it was the first time in 3 years and totally worth it. we took a weeks worth of frozen meat, chickens etc as well as all our veges and fruit and eggs and all the staples to make anything if we got stranded by rain etc and the kids junk foods. and a camp oven to make damper with.
    oh bliss is how i can explain it. the australian outback by the beach is so beautiful . we did drive in to civilisation a few times to buy more supplies. but we were a long way from any where. we went to cooloola/rainbow beach on the sunshine coast. no sealed roads and only a few places you can camp with water on tap, and only one place with a real toilet. so we picked the real toilet area. it was at the bottom of a dirt track that wound through the rain forest for 40 minutes or more and that is after you drive there for an hour or two. i had been in remission for about 8 months but was still extremely wary of being too far from anywhere. we took a shovel and a toilet roll everywhere we drove. including supplies for one day in case of break downs.
    all we did was cook, hand wash, swim, sun bake and walk up to headlands and lighthouses and even went to see/feed wild dolphins. i may just email you some video and photos. one of some amazing huge lizards. they are the size of a human being. and at one stage i dragged my big huge blow up mattress out into the cool breeze to sleep in the middle of the day and … a huge lizard was looking for food and came scrounging around and jumped onto the blowup mattress. what ensued SHOULD have been caught on video. but alas it wasn’t, all i can say is that i don’t know who screamed the loudest and ran the fastest, him or me but it was the scariest way iv ever been woken…
    thanks heaps for your video. i love positive stories in amongst our sometimes traumatic experiences.

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