Who I am ….




I am a wife.        I am a mom.        I am a fighter.      

I am a volunteer.        I am a thrill seeker.        I am a friend.         

I am resilient.       I am a Crohnie.     I am adventurous.          

I am funny.       I am happy.        I am strong.       I am a lover of life.          

I am a coffee lover.       I am an ostomate.     I am fierce.          I am grateful.   

I am optimistic.     I am beautiful.         I am a survivor.         I am hopeful.

I am all these things and more .…..

Hey there!  I am Janie and I AM all of those things.  In my first 40 years on this giant ball we call earth, I’ve had an interesting life.  I was going to say “I’ve led an interesting life” but while typing that it occurred to me that perhaps I haven’t really “led” anything.  No, I think life has just dragged me along the way and while hanging on tight, I’ve tried hard to enjoy the ride.

At the age of 22, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.  At the age of 30, I became an ostomate.  At the age of 33, I became the legal guardian for my mom who has a traumatic brain injury from an auto accident in 1976 (See the My Name is Carol link on this page for fun videos and pictures of this adventure).   In addition to all that craziness,  I am also married to Bryan and we have two very cool –  very handsome sons, Austin and Lucas.

With this blog, I hope to – finally – document my life’s journey and if, while doing so, I happen to help someone along the way … well.. even better.

Welcome to my world.  I hope you’ll sip a hot cup of coffee and stay a while.


~ J