Seattle Marathon to Maui Half Marathon... Enjoying Remission
I have lived over half of my life battling Crohn's disease. It's pretty remarkable. I've been through so much... a lot of negative things and most importantly a lot of positives. My journey, like so many others is full of ups and downs. There was a few times I didn't think I was going to make it out the other side, but I did and I'm so grateful to be here and to be in REMISSION!!!!
On November 28th, I will be completing my second FULL Marathon... The Seattle Marathon!!! I'm pretty pumped about it. During my first marathon, the training really changed my life. It is such a mental challenge, and I'm so excited to take on that challenge again. My next challenge will be at the Maui Oceanfront Half Marathon on January 16th! I've never been to Hawaii, and I figured why not go with my team? It will be hot and humid, way different that the Seattle marathon in November. I'm really trying to take advantage of my remission while I still have it. I don't know how long it was last or what life will look like when I fall out of remission, so for right now I am just enjoying what my body can do.
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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