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My name is Matthew Cozier. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease right before my 16th birthday. I had begun to rapidly lose weight and was finding myself sleeping for hours upon hours and I couldn’t keep up with my friends and teammates. I just kept thinking to myself what was wrong with me? Once I was diagnosed, I began treatments of Remicade and slowly my body began to respond to it.
I am now 18 years old and a freshman at Farmingdale State College. If you were to look at me now you would never know I live with this disease. When I first found out I had Crohn's Disease I felt a sense of relief mixed with a sense of dread because after a long journey. I had finally found out what was wrong with me, but I was still unsure of what was to come. My doctors gave me an informational packet about the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and it was a game changer for us. Through the foundation we have gotten so much support and guidance about how to navigate life with Crohn’s Disease. My family and I ‘Take Steps’ in the hopes of finding a cure for this invisible disease which has an effect on my, my families and patients’ daily life. I am hopeful that with all the great work that the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation does that a cure will be found in the near future.
My name is Jennifer (Jenna) Cozier. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 6 months after my twin brother was diagnosed. For a while, I had joint pain and stomach problems but attributed it to growing pains and food issues. As I became sicker, mundane tasks such as showering or unloading the dishwasher became harder and made me easily tired. When my brother was diagnosed, I then realized that the symptoms that I was having weren't normal. I was finally diagnosed in February 2020. I was also diagnosed with IBD arthritis due to my Crohn's disease.
When I first got sick, I was afraid I would always feel this way and it would never get better, but after getting started weekly on Humira, I felt so much better. Although I still have bad days, my medications make the good days even better and the bad days not so bad. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a huge support system in my life. By working together as a team, I am positive that more treatment options and possibly even a cure will be achievable in the future.
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Check Donations can be sent to me at:
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation LI Chapter
Attention: Suzanne Beck / Team, Twin Power
585 Stewart Avenue, Ste 304
Garden City, NY 11530