Well, where do I begin? When I was 12 years old I suddenly got severely ill. Horrible stomach pains, inability to eat, throwing up almost everything that went down. Through my own stubborness/determination to solve this problem on my own, and many visits to doctors of the wrong specialty, I went almost 2 years without being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Finally, GI doctors found that the disease had attacked me at the ilium, the point where the small and large intestine meet, and was inflamed so badly it was causing nearly complete blockage of my system. Needless to say, I was not in good shape.
They started me on heavy doses of steroids (that evil little drug known as Prednisone) – but despite all the side affects I can’t deny that it did what it was supposed to do. I was gaining weight like a mad man and my energy level seemed sky high.
Unfortunately, the summer before I was headed off to college I hit rock bottom, and landed in the hospital the day before I was supposed to move in to my dorm. You can imagine my devastation. After 8 days in the hospital, intravenous food, and constant indecision by doctors on whether or not I needed surgery, I was finally released and back on the roids. Another year later, and after a switch to a new (wonderful) GI doctor, I landed right back in the same place. This time, my doctor laid it out for me and after much trepidation on my part and many questions and meetings with the surgeons, I was admitted to have the resection complete. It was a huge success.
Within just a few days I was back home with a raging appetite. It was just before Christmas, and there was something euphoric about being told my only responsibility was to relax and eat. Maybe it was the fact that after being sick for so long, I finally felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Since the surgery I have had peaks and valleys dealing with my Crohns. But I have really dedicated myself to doing all I can to combat it, and get myself in the best physical condition possible despite the hurdles.
There is much more to this story, and I will soon fill it out more completely. Until then, I hope you and others with intestinal diseases find some use from this site. I wouldn’t have made it this far without the help of so many great people, so I am hoping I can pass that sentiment on to many others.
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