Charlotte Take Steps

Half a Colon...Still Rollin'!

1 in 200 Americans live with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, yet there is no cure. That's why Half a Colon...Still Rollin'! is participating in Take Steps on 06/01/2019!

 

Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time to check out our page. As many of you know I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was 18 but my symptoms started at age 15. I had to leave college and start biologic therapies and steroids pretty early on. 

 

The cause of Crohn's hasn't been identified yet. My doctors seem to think mine is a post-traumatic stress response. I started displaying symptoms after both of my parents had brain surgery within a year of each other. No matter what I did, I just couldn't get better. Doctors were stumped and I even had a few just give up on me. 

 

I was told I couldn't have children. When I became pregnant, I was told he would be deformed from my medicines and I should consider terminating. I took my chances and thank God I did! They said he would be too small...he was 7 lbs 9 oz. They said he would be deformed...he was perfect. My pregnancy was a train wreck and I turned green from malnutrition (which was NOT a good look for me) but he has given me my WHY. He has been why I've pushed through this disease. There have been many times when I didn't think I could do it anymore but when those big brown eyes are watching, I can do anything.

 

This disease has changed the whole course of our lives and for a long time, I allowed it to hold me back.

 

Not anymore, though!

 

After a few surgeries and countless hospitalizations, I went back to school. I kept telling myself that I would go back when I went into remission...never happened. So, I applied to UNC Charlotte from my hospital bed. It wasn't easy but man, was it worth it! I had 2 more surgeries, 2 ICU stays, 2 bouts of sepsis and a handful of hospitalizations while I was back in school but I didn't skip a beat! Like many patients, I studied while I was getting my infusions, I studied while I was in the hospital and I hobbled to classes on the other side of campus right after my surgeries. I let Crohn's take over for way too long. I was doing THIS for ME.

 

So, I finished college, got an AWESOME job at Bank of America AND just purchased my first home last week! I would have never dreamt that my life would be like this. Thanks to a new medicine, my health has never been better and everything in my life is really coming together. I can finally say 'I have Crohn's. Crohn's does NOT have me.'

 

I couldn't have done all of this without the love and support of my family and friends. I needed you all then and I need you now! Please help my son and I reach our personal goal of $5,000 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and let's unite for a cure! Share this on your timeline, join my team, donate...whatever works best for you! Anything helps! Your donation to our fundraising efforts will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects.


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