Hello! My name is Erika Squires and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in late 2018. At this time, I was a junior in college who was just starting to really find her place and purpose in this world.
When my disease hit me, it hit me hard and it hit me fast. The day I was diagnosed was the day that truly changed my life forever.
After countless treatments, infusions, unexpected surgeries, long hospital stays, and many disappointments; nothing seemed to stop this disease from eating away at every part of me-- physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. I quickly found myself in such a dark place, a place I never knew even existed.
The only thing that was keeping my head above water was the amazing support that my family and friends provided me each and every single day.
Sooner than anticipated, all of my options for any chance of a quality of life were exhausted. My doctor strongly encouraged me to consider what I had been dreading for nearly a year. She encouraged me to get a complete colectomy and rectal removal to ensure that all the parts of me that were too badly infected were removed.
The decision to remove my colon and the other infected parts of my GI tract was easily the hardest but best decision of my life. It was hard because I had truly felt that this disease had won and I had lost.
However, since that decision my life has turned into something I thought I could only dream of. I was able to finish school and become something I have always wanted to be, but because of Crohn’s Disease I never thought possible-- a teacher.
I am currently in remission and have been for a little over a year now. I am a first grade teacher that loves traveling, taking walks with my mom, golfing, smiling, laughing, and loving every second that this life gives me. I have a tendency to now find the beauty in life no matter what it decides to throw at me.
Crohn’s Disease is truly a beast of a disease. But it is a disease that has taught me so much about myself and life. Because of Crohn’s Disease I am a different person than I once was, and that’s okay. Because of Crohn’s Disease I laugh a little louder, I smile a little harder, and I love a whole lot sweeter. :)
I will participate in honor of the millions of Americans affected by these debilitating digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures will bring the community together across the country in a fun, inspiring way.
Your donation will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. This cause is very important to me and I appreciate your help as we fight for cures!
The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day.
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About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and affect millions of Americans. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine. There are no cures for these often painful and debilitating diseases.
The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.