In 2017 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic illness that would open up a world I never knew before. Some of the biggest changes this meant for me was that i would have to live on a constant stream of medications and medical treatments to stay “healthy”. Not only would I have a chronic illness to treat, but the new constant anxiety of living with a chronic illness would now linger with me in my day to day life.
Since being diagnosed I have had an abundance of happiness and blessings sent my way. I was able to get into remission thanks to Remicaid, a biologic drug that helps keep my colon nice and happy so that it won't try to kill me. I have birthed two beautiful babies, Clarke (1 month) and Van (2 Years). At the time of my diagnosis and prior it seemed that the hopes of growing our family was impossible. It may not have been the life i thought I would have (being on medications that I sometimes can't even pronounce), but I am grateful that science and all the work that the IBD community does has made these things possible. I have never been happier than when I am holding my new baby girl or watching Van run in the yard with our two dogs.
I am yet to give up hope or throw in the towel. I believe that there is a cure out there and it is just waiting to be discovered. When it is found it will be thanks to the work of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation that made it possible. Because of the donations made by generous givers the foundation is able to fund research quicker and more efficiently. Not only is the goal of the foundation to work towards a cure, but during their work they are helping spread awareness and provide great benefits to the IBD community: Camp Oasis (a kids IBD Camp), education seminars, IBD Support groups and much more.
My IBD story is nothing near complete, I have many years of struggle and remission ahead of me. I will constantly have the fear of my health failing me on my shoulders. I know that there is always the possibility of major colon surgery in my future and my medications failing me. The best thing that I can do is continue to support the foundation and look towards a cure. I have my Husband, Kids, Friends and Family to thank for my strength. Living with this condition would not be possible if it was not for their kindness, love, support and generosity.
My dream is to see my kids grow up with a healthy mother. A life free from Crohn's and Colitis! Help Us Find this Future!