I am sure that some of you may have found the title of this site a little off putting. Well, for those of you that continued reading despite your initial reaction to the title, I appreciate and applaud you. To the others, it really is ok if this site is not what you want. See, this site is not for the faint at heart. If you are commonly referred to as a prude, or find yourself disturbed when people burp or fart or fail to use the correct fork, you should probably stop reading. Through this site I intend to expose all aspects of chronic illness, and the more taboo the subject matter, the more time I will spend on it.
American society commonly uses words to degrade or breakdown members of oppressed groups. In order to effectively change society, I believe we must start by reclaiming our words. The feminist movement did this with the “c-word” using the vagina monologues. A group of feminist students reclaimed the word “slut” by protesting victim blaming by police with the now infamous Slut Walk in 2011. Well friends, through this site I intend to remove the shame and stigma from the word shit.
For 35 years, shit has been my life. If “Shitology” were a thing, I’d be an expert. You see, I have never had the luxury of being uncomfortable discussing, smelling, examining, or having shit. Given that, I am very comfortable with the word and the act. Now, I acknowledge that not everyone is as comfortable as I am…and that is ok. But, through this site, I want others to become more comfortable. You see, your 5-7 minutes of being uncomfortable reading about shit, pale in comparison to the person having to live with shit day in and day out. 35 years of living has taught me that removing the power of this one word, makes battling Crohn’s in particular, a little more tolerable. So, I will routinely use this word, and all I ask is for your continued attention…because as the title of the blog suggests, shit really does happen to everyone.
There are currently 1.6 million people in America living with either Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Most of those people suffer in silence, ashamed of one pesky four letter word…shit! Don’t believe me, check out the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s website at http://www.ccfa.org.
So, for everyone concerned that this blog will fail based on the name, I appreciate your concern…but allow me to give you some quick feedback. Stop reading now, because clearly this aint what you want! For everyone else, we have a lot of work to do and this is the only time I will address this subject…LET’S GO!