As someone living with Crohn’s disease, I’m extremely grateful for the @crohnscolitisfoundation ‘s Take Steps program. The Foundation, which dedicates its efforts towards finding a cure, provided me with an extended family I could lean on soon after my diagnosis. A group of individuals struggling with the same issues I was. Those who supported me and understood my battle. It helped me feel less alone.
Now through June 20th, all funds raised for Take Steps, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $600,000! Hope you’ll consider donating today to support the 3.1 million Americans who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Because a cure can’t wait!
Thank you all for your support!!
Opening up has always been tough for me. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was a teenager. I was 84lbs and almost the same height as I am now – just bones. When I was first diagnosed, I was admitted to the hospital for over a month. All I wanted was to be “normal” like the other kids. So I made it a point to never disclose to anyone that I was struggling with this autoimmune disease. I would eat like they ate, and in college I partied like everyone else did. I was almost always in a constant perpetual flare. My body was under a lot of stress, and hiding my condition to others (and essentially denying it myself) made it worse.