Steph’s Big Leap


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6 thoughts on “Steph’s Big Leap

  1. Ron Baker

    A very illuminating story. Thanks so much for sharing it. It certainly helped me understand more about diverticulosis and diverticulitis. I don’t, praise be, have either condition, nor does my wife, Annes; however, we have a close friend who suffers from, I think, diverticulitis. She’s a picky eater and now I know why.

  2. Ron Baker


    I forgot to mention: if you get a chance, you may want to get a copy of a movie made in 1956 called “Trapeze.” It stars Burt Lancaster, who really was an aerial performer before he became an actor. It’s not a great movie – it’s a little melodramatic – but it’s pretty good, especially for anyone interested in aerial work. Oh, and should you view it, don’t get any ideas about “throwing a triple”: at least, not until you’re very experienced on the high wire.

  3. Adam hackney

    Well for one I had no idea what has been going on but that is mostly the task of working and taking care of a 4 month old. Which I have learned is time consuming enough. I will however say WAY COOL being on TV. I also intend to tape the show. I have only known steph as a picky eater because she stopped eating meat and thus that has been a problem. I had no idea of any condition related to her eating habits.

    For the longest time it was simply, Steph will sort herself out due to what she can not eat as opposed to anything else. No offense intended. My wife was curious at first during your visits when we were cooking but took that in stride. Should be really eye opening to see what is really going on. I am sad but not surprised in the end to hear it was multiple wrong diagnosis before she found out what was really wrong.

    It sounds like it is such a rare and odd condition that few people would pick up on it right away. Hope it’s been getting better, or as well as it can be. Looking forward to seeing you two soon. Love you.

  4. Steph

    Thanks to all who commented. I think it’s important to note the following facts (with some “notes” about my dealing with this condition:

    About 10% of the US population over the age of 40 and half over the age of 60 has diverticulosis. This disease is common in the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, and is uncommon in Asia and Africa.

    Studies have identified dietary factors as potential explanations for the large variation in the disease. High intake of fiber, fruits and vegetables, and brown bread was associated with approximately 40-50% reductions in the risk. On the other hand, higher intake of both red and processed meat increased the risk 2-4 fold in two studies, while a third study found a 24-fold increase in the risk with higher total meat intake. This could explain the lower risk among vegetarians.

    **Note: This condition started in me long before I was 40. I have not eaten red meat for almost 25 years and have always eaten lots of veggies and fruit. Some fibers were eliminated when it was discovered, through my eating each type of food and seeing how my body reacted, that I reacted poorly to them – this includes things like beans and carciferous vegetables like broccoli.**

    Contrary to a common recommendation to avoid eating popcorn, nuts, and corn to prevent diverticular complications, a large prospective study of men indicates that the consumption of these foods does not increase the risk of diverticulosis or diverticular complications.

    **Note: no studies on women.**

    Lastly, as we all know, there are research groups for just about everything, and there is funding set aside for just about every condition. However, this condition seems to only be included under the research/studies of other conditions:

    Hope through Research
    The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Cancer Institute sponsor research programs to investigate diverticulosis and diverticulitis.

    Investigation continues in several areas, including

    •a possible link between diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease
    •the management of recurrent diverticular disease
    •the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of diverticular disease
    •indications for surgery for uncomplicated diverticulitis

    It is my hope that by bringing attention to this condition, that it might gain its own funding for research of the condition and treatments.

    Again, thanks for your support.


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