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Camp Oasis co-counselors!

Camp Oasis co-counselors!

T.I.W.I.K.T.

Things I Wish I Knew Thursday:

When I was younger I wish I knew about Camp Oasis, the CCFA camp for kids with crohns and colitis. I would have loved to be a camp counselor in college. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the community last year and I’m hopeful that I’ll get to be a part of it again this summer! The kids are un-like any other group that I’ve ever met . In dealing with their disease, they have been forced to grow up fast and because of that, they are caring, grateful and most importantly they just want to have fun! It makes for a fantastic week filled with laughter and a loving community. Can’t wait to go back to Oasis!

Oasis Co-Counselors!

New Counselor Friends! That’s Alice on the Left!

After just returning home from a week at IBD camp I’m feeling so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such incredible people. I volunteered to be a counselor to 14, 15 year olds as well as teach some yoga classes – it was intense but absolutely amazing all at the same time. I was able to share my yoga knowledge with my campers by teaching them poses to do when their belly hurts, how they can relax fuller by using lavender oil and sleep better by doing very simple poses in bed. I feel as though I’ve touched their lives in a really special way and I know I’ll never forget it.

My hope is for everyone with IBD to give yoga a try, learn meditation, try breathing exercises – it’s changed my life immensely and I’m here to tell you that it can and will change yours too. Even if you don’t have crohns or colitis, yoga can help with pretty much everything. Find the right teacher and give up the fact that yoga has to be about getting a workout – that’s not what it’s for. Getting a workout may be a plus, but the goal in my eyes is to listen to your body, hear your breath, tune in to you and walk out of class feeling like a new person.

Cheers to all of you camp counselors out there – you are truly angels for helping these children find their confidence, speak up and make incredible memories that they will never forget.