Travis' Journey to Ironman Wisconsin 2019
In May of 2013, after a month of a tremendous amount of abdominal pain, weight loss, and loss of endurance. I convinced myself and immediate family that my pain and suffering must just be constipation or “coming down with something”. Yes that is right, I waited over a month before I visited a doctor. The first week of June 2013, my doctor ran some blood tests, and ordered a scan of my intestine. His preliminary results came back that I had all of the indicators and a medical history that pointed to an Auto-Immune disease called Crohn’s Disease. Not knowing what it was, or how a young active male could be sick, I did what everyone does for medical advice: WebMD.
After my first office visit with my first gastroenterologist, he scheduled a colonoscopy. On June 28th, I had the colonoscopy, and July 2nd my appendix/terminal ilium ruptured. Not realizing what was wrong and thinking I would be fine with rest and sleep, I went home and tried to sleep it off. I didn’t know at the time how serious a ruptured appendix could be. After a few hours of crying, shaking, and absolute misery, my wife convinced me that it was time to go to the hospital. From the time I walked into the ER, until the time they wheeled me into surgery, was only 2-hours, but it seemed like an eternity. After the surgery and a week in the hospital, I thought I was fixed, thought I would go back to work, and move on with my life. Little did I know that three weeks later, and a couple doctor’s visits, I would be driving back to the hospital.
A day I will never forget. I had a house full of groomsman getting ready for my friend Garrett’s wedding, my son and I were both in the wedding, and all I could do is cry, shake, and give into my wife who again told me it was time to go back to the hospital. At this time it had not been confirmed that it is Crohn’s, so the “not knowing” what I had, or how long I would be back in the hospital shook me more than I could ever explain. It was that moment that I look back on almost daily, and think that no one should ever have to live through not knowing what they have or if they will be healthy again. It was that moment that has made me decide to participate in Team Challenge and raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, CCFA.
In the past few years, I participated in many roles for Team Challenge. I have been a Participant, Mentor, Coach, and now back to being a Participant. This year I am crossing off a "Bucket List" item, and trianing for my first full Ironman, 140.6 miles!
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