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My life with Crohn’s disease started with the diagnosis in 2000. Since then, I have had many highs and many, many lows. Do I hate Crohn’s? Yes. I hate that I have no control over my body and when/how hard it decides to attack me. I hate that people don’t understand what it’s like to live everyday constantly battling your body, and that this disease is more complex than just eating this… or taking that… I hate that there is no cure. I hate that children are being diagnosed at such a high rate. I hate the financial impact that it has had on my life. I hate what this disease has done to my body. Mostly, I hate watching my friends suffer and even losing two of my friends to this disease just kills me. Having a chronic illness isn’t all bad. I have learned how strong I can be, even when I feel like giving up I’m still here. I am more compassionate to others with chronic conditions. I have made lifelong friendships with other IBD suffers/caregivers and these people are amazing. I have developed a healthier lifestyle, not only with food, but with exercise. I’ve done things I never dreamed of, like completing a marathon and multiple triathlons! Mostly, I’ve learned to love myself and appreciate all of my good days because I don’t know how long that will last.
I’m turning 40 in May, and decided to run my second FULL MARATHON on November 28th!!!! Due to the pandemic and the fact that people currently terrify me, I have registered for a local race… the Seattle Marathon! I’m so excited to take on this challenge and for my parents to experience cheering on a marathon right in our own back yard.
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