When I sought out stories for my recent Huffington Post piece to illustrate life with IBD, I received an incredible amount of personal stories from people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, too many to fit into the 1,000 word limit I had for my piece. In observance of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, I am going to share the additional stories on my blog throughout the week.
First up, my friend Andrea from The Great Bowel Movement.
Andrea, 31, Crohn’s disease
I had symptoms for about nine months going into my freshman year of college. Once I was in school for a few months, all hell broke loose and I came home from school and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For the next seven years or so, I tried managing my symptoms with every different type of medicine that was available to me.
In 2008, while feeling relatively normal, I had an abscess (pus pocket) develop and attach itself to my colon. The abscess burst and I was rushed into emergency surgery during which my appendix along with four feet of my large intestine and three inches of my small intestine were removed. Since March 2013, I have been medicine-free thanks to a multifaceted approach of functional neurology, major diet changes, and consistent exercise and stress management.
I think my IBD is my purpose in life. It is part of me and who I am…as well as what I do and what I love. The symptoms, procedures, good times and bad times- all of it. It’s life.
Stay tuned for more stories all week long!
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