Time to TRI
It sounds scary, but these two diseases can be more scary. I want to show the world that a disease does not need to define or control you. I felt my control disappear between 2008 and 2011 when I was very sick. December 2007, I had just moved to Massachusetts (from Indiana) when my healthy life was completely turned upside down. My idea of good health was taken away when I was 24. It would take more than 3 years to feel like myself again. I will try to be brief, but it was a long and complicated 3 years. My appendix had been perforated for 7 weeks when I had my first surgery. The next 3 years would bring numerous bacterial infections, 2 more surgeries, lots of specialists, open wounds, and so many medical tests. It was mentally and physically exhausting and I was just trying to survive. It took many years to feel like I had control over my health.
Crohn's sucks. Basically my immune system attacks my digestive system. The digestive system starts at your month and ends at your rear. With Crohn's, this whole part is fair game. Right now, there is no cure. Because of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and Team Challenge, there is hope. Each year, they get closer to finding the cause of these two diseases. I am lucky, I don't need medicine to feel good. I have many friends that would be disabled if they weren't on medicine. The current treatment - immune suppresants. The medicines lower your immune system so it won't attack your digestive track. This makes it very easy for someone to get really sick from a common cold, the flu, or anything else that the immune system can't fight off. This is why it is important. I may not need medicine now, but there could be a time when I will need it. I hope when that time comes, there is a better way to treat this disease that doesn't weaken my immune system.
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