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My mom has had Crohn's disease for as long as I can remember. In fact, I wasn't sure how to begin this letter because I honestly could not remember if my friends, throughout my life, were even aware that my mom had Crohn's...it has just been what has always "been", sometimes she would get very sick and be in the hospital for a while, and other times my mom would get sick, go into the hospital, have surgery and stay in the hospital even longer. It's awful to say, but it was almost "routine" for my mom to get sick and hospitalized. And, I don't remember if I ever took the time to explain to anyone WHY my mom was sick so often...So, now I am. My mom has Crohn's disease.
Words fail to capture the terror I felt as a six year old boy, watching my dad run through the house carrying my mom in his arms (who was wrapped up in all the sheets and blankets from their bed). The only thing my dad said was, "Get the door! Someone open the door!" I froze. Stricken with shock, terror, questions...I couldn't move. Thankfully my older brother Paul, who was eight at the time, had his head together enough to open the door for my dad, and then folllow them outside so he could open the car door too. Nothing else was said. My dad, fearing he had no time to wait for an ambulance, drove my mom to the hospital himself. I remember feeling like I was never going to see my mom again. I thought that seeing my dad carry her out of the house was the last time that I was going to be the last time I ever saw her. Furthermore, I remember thinking to myself, "Mom did not look like she was alive when dad carried her out to the car..." I had never seen a dead person before; I hadn't seen ANYTHING really, I was just a kid. What did I know? I knew I was terrified that my mom was really sick and suffering, or maybe worse...
That scene would play out many more times over the decades to come. Now,I am almost fifty years old and I still get just as scared as I did when I was a little boy...my mom will always be my MOM, and I will always want to help her and protect her! There is nothing that I would not do for my mom. Nothing.
So, I have decided to do something. I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On July 24, 2022, I will participate in Ironman Lake Placid. Then, on November 5, 2022, I will participate in Ironman Florida. This will be a big undertaking, 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. And your donations will be helping MY MOM!
I am asking for your help, with all my hear; please...Please consider a donation today?
Thank you. Thank you from the very core of my soul. Thank you.
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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