About Nurse Apple

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease just before my 38th birthday, shortly after beginning a new career as an oncology nurse. At first I was oblivious to, or perhaps in denial of symptoms I never would have overlooked in my patients. The biopsy confirming the diagnosis catapulted me into a frightening new reality: I was seriously ill with a disease that has treatments, but no cure. My husband and young son watched helplessly as I struggled with intense pain and weight loss.
Over the first year, I sought the help of a gastroenterologist and a naturopath. I went on a gluten-free diet, had acupuncture, and tried multiple medications. I eventually became stable enough to maintain my full-time nursing job, but was always fatigued, often in pain or running to the bathroom, and occasionally rushed to the ER by my terrified husband.
Under the supervision of both of my doctors, I started a new way of eating & living: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The SCD is a diet that allows no grains, no refined sugars, no processed foods of any kind. It is a lifestyle that requires unfaltering commitment. Within 2 weeks, my symptoms were gone. Within 6 months, I had tapered off all my meds. My monthly labs were proof that I had finally reached remission. Following the SCD, I feel healthier than ever . And yet, I know that I am not “cured” and that Crohn’s symptoms could return again, despite my best efforts.
For one week each summer, I volunteer to serve as one of the RNs at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA’s) Camp Oasis. Each year I find tremendous inspiration from the kids & teens that are living and thriving with IBD.
Now, I work full time, and spend much of my “spare” time cooking and sharing recipes and tips with other families who are also finding wellness via food.
It’s all an adventure.

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