HQ 2020 Take Steps Walk - Virtual

Crohn Jewels

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!!

Vishal Parvani

 

MY STORY

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.

When I met Richa, she honestly whipped me into shape. After sharing with her that I had Crohn’s, she made both of us fix our diets. She made it a point for me not to go through it alone. We followed the Paleo Diet strictly for a few months, and we joined a local gym. My lifestyle changes, along with my medications, have significantly reduced my flares. Opening up about Crohn’s has been the best thing for me. Opening up has made me in control of this disease, and not the other way around.

Stress plays a big part in my flares, emotionally and physically, which is why I joke around a lot and may come off as goofy. Ultimately, the only thing that matters is I’ve been handed a new lease on life and I’m not willing to jeopardize it.

I wish I had someone I could speak to growing up who was going through or had been through the same situation. I will continue to share things that have worked for me. And if anyone would ever like to talk, please message me. You’re not alone.

 
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