Welcome to Squats and Trots! My name is Stacy Liberatore and I will be the narrator during your visit. A little about me: I was once a reporter in New York City, but recently my husband and I left the Big Apple for a better quality of life in a town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has been quite the change, but a welcoming one.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in February 2017, which is an autoimmune disease where the immune systems attacks the body’s own cells. The immune system targets harmless bacteria inside the colon and attacks its tissue, which causes the intestines to become inflamed. This inner battle causes pain, bleeding, the urgent and constant need to go (hence the use of “trots” in the blog title) and fatigue. All of these symptoms have left me crippled in bed or hunched over on the toilet for hours. And what triggers it? No one knows. Flare ups can be brought on by stress, taking the wrong medication or certain foods. Because this illness is still new to the medical world, specialists do not know what causes it nor is there a cure.
When I was first diagnosed, I brushed it under the rug and went about life as usual. But after a year of pain, bleeding and frustration, I have decided to face this monster head-on! I am doing so with the proper medication, food and exercise. Fitness has always been a big part of my life, but it wasn’t until recently did I decide to take it to the next level. I figured that my body has so much control over over my life, that hitting the gym and eating accordingly is my way of showing it who’s boss!
I started this blog because fitness has really helped me get through the rough patches since my diagnoses. I am still new to the whole thing and am learning more and more each day, but I understand what it is like to struggle in reaching goals and by sharing what I have learned and my own experiences, I hope to inspire others to reach their’s.
This page is also a place to share my life with ulcerative colitis, to assure others with the disorder that you are not going through this alone. For a long time, it felt like I was the only one who was dealing with such a burden, but now I know there are others who share the same pains and frustrations – there is strength in numbers!
Thanks for stopping by and please, come back anytime!
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