Well I'm going to ride in our 4th Spin for Crohns event. Daneen has written a little update. Also like the previous three rides we appreciate any donations. If you cannot donate you will not go on the "bad list".
1. In May 2016, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae. It is also associated with poop. Lots of it…and sometimes constipation, fever, chills, cramping, all kinds of fun stuff. In severe cases people require multiple surgeries for relief.
I began giving myself biweekly shots of Humira and TRYING to watch my diet. Humira put my Crohn’s in remission; that was the good news. The bad news was the shots (actually they were/are an injectable pen) were quite painful. The needle was large and the medication burned going in, so much so that I would get tears in my eyes, and occasionally I let out a yelp or two. I kept telling myself that I was lucky, many people with various illnesses needed shots every day and I was only biweekly. Yet on shot day I would get everything ready, then stall for hours, dreading that “stupid injection”. This year Humira came out with a new citric free formula that doesn’t sting and the made the needle in the injectable pen smaller. The difference is HUGE! No more dreading the shot, tears in the eyes, searing pain with the injection. AMAZING! I went online to read the reviews of the new formula and for the first time became aware that many other people also had difficulty with the previous Humira.
This is a big advancement for those of us who use this drug. There are other treatments “coming down the pipe” that will make treatments easier and more tolerable. Possible even cure this disease.
It is funding made available from donations that make these advancements possible. So please, reach for your credit card and donate to the Crohn’s Ride that Rick is participating in. After all, it is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.