And now for something slightly different than my norm… except for the baking part… I need to share with you a very important two-day event. An online bake sale at Wanna be a Country Cleaver to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Inspired by Beka, Crohn’s sufferer and best friend to Megan, of Country Cleaver, Megan gathered 30 plus bloggers to donate treats and sweets and cookbooks and other goodies for your bidding.
I donated a signed copy of Sugarlicious and 12 swirly cookie pops.
Why? Because I understand what it’s like to suffer from intestinal disease. I lost my colon to Ulcerative Colitis in 1992. Since then, I’ve had several reconstructive surgeries, a few blockages, many a hospital stay, complications with other organs, such as, for example, kidney woes. Oh yeah, and I lost a third of my lung. And by “lost,” I don’t mean misplaced. I mean a surgeon pried open my rib cage to remove a third of my lung. But the colon thing was way worse.
Back before I had the books and blogs, if you were to google “Meaghan Mountford,” the first post–the only post?–that appeared was this essay I wrote for the Journal of General Internal Medicine back in ’03, “Guts, Lungs and Ovaries.” It gives a bit more insight and details on what it means to suffer from this life-threatening disease and on the struggle for survival. But I’ll warn you to check out all the cookies and goodies first before moving on to the gross stuff.
Thank you, Megan, for hosting such a great event!!