Huffington Post: Why I Celebrated Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week

December 12, 2012 at 10:27 am 3 comments

In the excitement of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week and the #PurpleChallenge, I completely forgot to share with you my exciting news- I wrote another piece on Crohn’s for HuffingtonPost.com!

In case you missed it, in August, I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on what it’s like to be a caretaker for someone with Crohn’s Disease. After writing that and the great feedback I got from those who read it, I knew I wanted to write another piece sometime soon. After racking my brain I realized my next topic was right in front of me- why I celebrate Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week.

Here’s an excerpt of my post:

Six years ago, I had not heard of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. I lived in a world where I was blissfully unaware of inflammatory bowel diseases, where the debilitating symptoms didn’t impact my life. Then I met my now-husband Dan, and everything changed.

Dan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease just two weeks after we started dating in 2007. Now, six years later, we have been through the gamut with the disease. He’s been on three different medications, with one of them making it nearly impossible for him to function because of severe fatigue. Now, instead of taking oral medication, Dan receives an IV infusion every six weeks at the doctor’s office. He’s had three different gastroenterologists. He’s been hospitalized for a post-colonoscopy infection and an intestinal blockage. Most recently, he had part of his small intestines removed in order to treat the disease.

Check out the full post here.

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  • 1. thecagedbirdstillsings  |  December 13, 2012 at 1:23 am

    May I ask how you were able to write for the Huffington Post? I have several auto-immune disorders, including Crohn’s and would love to write or contribute in some way…I also have a psych. degree. I just hate feeling unproductive and would love to know how one gets that kind of opportunity. Your husband is so lucky to have your support. It is imposible to do this alone!

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    • 2. caringforcrohns  |  December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I reached out to the Huffington Post through a friend’s contact and they were interested- that’s how I ended up writing.

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    • 3. caringforcrohns  |  December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I reached out to the Huffington Post through a friend’s contact and they were interested- that’s how I ended up writing.

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