1 in 200 Americans live with Crohn’s and Colitis, yet there is no cure. That’s why I am participating in the inaugural spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures on December 6th!
Since being diagnosed in January 2017, I began Remicaid infusions in March of 2017, and have been on a journey so far.... One hospitalization over New Years to celebrate 2019, and most recently, a 10 day stay that I'm still healing from. It can be a very isolating disease, and having the help, support, and love of all of you around me, means more to me than I could ever express and is what helps motivate me and drive me every day!
--->> This year has presented its own challanges... I was hospitalized in February with a very bad ongoing flare up that started in October, and it turned into a 10 day stay. There are sections that have deteriorated significantly since my last colonoscopy, but thankfully, not enough to operate yet. During the stay, COVID-19 was starting to circulate in the states. So my quarantine began MUCH earlier than others... I was then presented with the challange of navigating getting to my infusions amidst this, groceries that are Tara tummy friendly, and how to keep my stress level down. With the support from work and dear friends, recovery has been much smoother, and the quarantine has given me the time to really slow down and heal properly and hopefully be in full remission in time...
When finding out about spin4 crohn's & colitis cures summer of 2017, I jumped on the opportunity to ride without hesitation. Combining my two passions, spin class/cycling and charity work, it was a no brainer for me to participate. I had NO idea the impact this day would have had on me. I joined the committee instantly, am on the committee for the third year now, and committed to 4 bikes this year! So that's 16 total riders in 30 minute segments. I know this is a HUGE commitment, but I have zero doubt that there will be some of you that will want to join in on the fun this year.
I've committed to raising $4,000 as an entire team, (Crohn Thug's & Harmony - year FOUR!) and any contribution is incredibly generous. More importantly, the recognition of people that deal with this disease that does not have a cure currently, as it is not easily manageable, is greatly appreciated.
If you're interested in riding with me, please let me know and I will help get you registered!
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Some facts about Crohn's:
- There is no cure. There are treatment's to control your immune system's inflammatory response.
- As many as 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with Crohn's.
- On average, the medical cost is $8,265 for a year of care.
Some more info about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis...
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. 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.
The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is: To cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.