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I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000, after many years of enduring life altering symptoms, endless doctor appointments, numerous grueling tests and more. Initially, I wasn’t too concerned about my diagnosis. I guess I just assumed that the right medication would resolve all my ailments and I could go back to living my life pain free. I never imagined how gravely ill I would become as a result of Crohn’s disease. Unfortunately, just three years post diagnosis my symptoms escalated to a dangerous point. I began experiencing rapid weight loss, cramping, fatigue, mouth sores and more. After years of trying, I finally found the right doctor and treatment plan. However, the path was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced. I took too many pills to count, endured numerous infusions, and have been injecting myself with Humira twice a month for the last 14 years. I am very grateful for the treatment plan that has kept me healthy and in remission for several years.
This is why I have decided, again this year, to make a difference in the fight against Crohn's and Colitis and participate in the Team Challenge for Crohn's and Colitis, Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on September 4, 2022, in Independence, OR. Since I am not a runner, especially after a hip replacement earlier this year, I plan to walk the 13.1 miles, with hopefully a little bit of running to speed things up.
Please consider supporting me in my run/walk Your generous donation will not only keep me training hard until race day, but will motivate me to accomplish an important goal that I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now, crossing that finish line in Orange, in hopes to raise awareness, advocacy and bringing all Crohn’s and Colitis patients like me, one step closer to a cure.
Won't you please consider donating to me today?
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects almost 1 in 100 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD.
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