Today I had a planned occasion.
Emily and I have been waiting months in eager anticipation of the release of the new "IT" movie, and today was the day we'd planned to visit our local Cineworld to watch it.
I know, I know - never plan anything because, invariably, it will have to be cancelled because of a flare of crohn's or my fibromyalgia - but plan it we did.
The day started out fine - usual pain but nothing out of the ordinary, until about 10am.
That's when the crohn's disease decided to have a go at me. It's as if it knows I have something planned. Three trips to the 'smallest room' in the space of an hour - it was going to be a bad day!
But today was different. Today I refused to let it win. I tried to think positively. Tried to focus on anything but my guts.
Normally when my crohn's flares I become extremely anxious. I pace around the house nervously waiting for the next onslaught. But today I tried to push it to the back of my mind and, in the main, I succeeded.
I made it to the movies and can highly recommend "IT" - it has the right mix of suspenseful terror and mild humour.
Being a horror movie I was concerned that any truly shocking moments would prove too much for my flaring crohn's disease to handle - but luckily my underpants survived unscathed!
I've had fibromyalgia for most of my life - diagnosed in 2003 - developed crohn's disease in 2007. I operate a website for men affected by fibromyalgia: www.fibromen.org - pay us a visit to learn more.