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Welp...there's no turning back now!
I never thought I'd be sitting here writing my own fundraising page for a marathon, but here we are! On November 1, I will run the New York City Marathon. It's honestly downright terrifying and surreal, but I couldn't be more excited to take on the challenge while raising money in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - a cause that impacts my life daily.
In 2017, I found myself in pain whenever I ate, getting sick, and losing 12 pounds in less than 2 weeks. After a few months of tests and several trips to the ER, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Two years prior, my dad was also diagnosed with Crohn's disease and had one meter of his intestines removed. The surgery came with its fair share of complications, resulting in another emergency surgery, a blood transfusion, and several nights in the ICU. Needless to say, my marathon is dedicated to both of us.
Adjusting my lifestyle admidst this diagnosis has been a challenge to say the least, but I've been able to get a handle on the things that are more or less within my control. Since the disease affects everyone differently, I've had to find foods that didn't personally trigger flares but also ensured I got the vitamins and nutrients I needed. I also had to evalute how I handled daily stressors, as one stressful day - no matter how ordinary - could make me symptomatic.
Although frustrating, this process has allowed for me to finally start owning the disease instead of letting it own me. Therefore, this fall, I will be running all 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon for The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. I like to think of this as my celebration run to prove to myself that I won't let this disease prevent me from doing whatever I set my mind to. This will be one of the biggest and toughest goals I've ever set for myself, but it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will help us get closer to the cure. Please consider making a donation; any amount is more than appreciated and will make a difference in the fight.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!
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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