We're getting close to the ride, and to our goal of raising $1,000 for Crohn's research! As we hit the home stretch, Sarah asked me to share this with you all, and to remind you that you can donate by clicking here!
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 13 years old. Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease with a list of symptoms including terrible pain. There is no cure. Medications were able to put me into remission (when I had few to no symptoms) for several months to a year, but that was only temporary and I knew I could expect to become seriously ill again in the not so distant future. It was often debilitating. If you count all of the days I was absent in high school, I missed two full years out of four. I had to drop out of one semester of college because I was so sick and would have had to drop more if I wasn't blessed with such understanding professors. Like many Crohn's patients I also suffered from anxiety and depression as I tried to cope with being chronically ill. I didn't think I'd ever be able to hold a job. I wondered what kind of life I could have.
I tell this story in the past tense because after a long flare up of my Crohn's in 2010, my doctor suggested I try a brand new medication called Humira. Humira is my miracle. Technically I still have Crohn's because it is currently incurable, but I've now been in remission for 5 years and 7 months! I keep taking my medication and I'm completely symptom free. I slowly added formerly forbidden food back in my diet, and now I have no food restrictions. Let me tell you how good corn on the cob tastes after not being able to eat it for 13 years! This deep remission (as my doctor calls it) is amazing! It's also quite rare.
Most people with Crohn's constantly struggle with their disease. Many people also have a more severe case than my moderate Crohn's and require surgeries, colostomy bags, and a liquid diet. While Humira is my miracle, many Crohn's patients are still waiting for theirs.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a "non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis [another inflammatory bowel disease]." They fund research to find new treatments and eventually cures for these diseases, and part of the way they get their funding is through a 100 mile bicycle ride called Get Your Guts in Gear. My dear husband is going to do this ride on Saturday, and we'd greatly appreciate it if you could donate just $1 or $5. I'm so blessed to have my miracle medication. Will you please help others to get a bit closer to theirs?
Click here to donate today!