2020 NYC (Virtual) Marathon Campaign
Welcome! Thanks for taking a moment out of your day to check out my story. I can appreciate that this year has been particularly difficult and challenging for you as it has been for me and everyo0ne we love and care about and appreaciate it all the more that you'd consider supporting me and this cause. I'd like to share a very personal story with you.
In June of 2015, my life changed. I had been preparing and studying for the CFA exam for months. As I got ready to go to sleep the night before I was set to take this challenging test, I felt an excruciating pain. After taking the test the following day, while simultaneously struggling through one of the worst pains I had ever experienced, I ultimately ended up in the emergency room. At first, they thought I had appendicitis. However, a CT Scan revealed that my small intestine was blocked. In the middle of the night, I was wheeled up to a hospital room that would be my home for the next two weeks.
After a week of painkillers and antibiotics, my intestinal blockage was resolved, fortunately, without surgery. However, it was at that moment in time that I learned I had Crohn's Disease. The doctors were going to discharge me, but then they discovered a baseball-sized abscess that they had previously missed. After going through a drainage procedure, I was finally discharged, but still had a long road to recovery. I lost 30 pounds in those 2 weeks and was weak from limited physical movement - I had to adjust to a new diet in order to heal. I had heard about Crohn's because my roommate's girlfriend suffered from it, but I didn't appreciate the severity of the disease.
In early 2017, I was hit with another flare up after a few stressful months. This one was somewhat easier to recover from, as I was now familiar with the drill but it was no less challenging. In some ways, it was a blessing as it spurred me to take more ownership in life, pushed me to reconsider where I was going with my career, and very importantly, it was a major catalyst for me to start running marathons.
Running was an insutrumental part of my recovery. Putting myself through the training pushed me so hard physically, but more importantly, it pushed me mentally. It gave me insight into the power of visualization and goal setting. It helped to teach me greater discipline. Setting the goal to run my 1st marathon after I transitioned careers was a turning point in my life. I was a bit nervous at first to have to raise $3,600 and run 26.2 miles but I knew that if I set my mind to it, I would achieve my goal and that I did. In 2018, I ran my first NYC Marathon for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and raised close to $11,000. Last year, I ran the NYC marathon again for the foundation and rasied more than $19,000. That's $30,000 that we've raised together over the last two years. Beyond these milestones, I've been able to raise so much awareness for a disease that most people don't know about or understand. I've been overwhelmed with the support I've received from family and friends through illness and through these successes. I am truly blessed.
Day to day I’m able to live a mostly normal life with a special diet accounting for my disease. I still cheat occasionally and still get stomach pains. Most people don't understand what it's like to have a sudden and terrible urge to go to the bathroom. I consider myself lucky because I know of others with Crohn's who deal with far worse day to day pain and have had worse hospitalizations than i had. I grew up with a father who was diabetic and I knew the challenges of having an autoimmune disorder affect a family. I hope that my children won't have to face that and can live in a world without Crohn's and Colitis. I ask you to please support me in my quest to run my first marathon by supporting an organization that is finding a cure for Crohn’s. I ask that you #ShitOrGetOffThePot!
Thank you for your support and may you be blessed with good health.
PS - Here's some info 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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