December 4, 2014 at 10:15 am Rebecca K.
Today’s #ThisIsIBD story is from Laura. Laura is one of my good friends from Team Challenge who, despite having Crohn’s disease, is a speed demon half-marathoner many times over (she ran the Jamestown Half Marathon last year in 1:41).
Laura, 30, Crohn’s disease
I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease via a colonoscopy in November of 2006 at the age of 22. Just three months after starting my first teaching job. I first started to have symptoms of lower, left side abdominal pain in April of 2006 during my student teaching. Since my first colonoscopy I have had two more, along with a CAT scan to diagnose a partial blockage of where my small and large intestines meet, back in April of 2012.
This past summer, after a few months of pain and failed steroid treatments. I I had another colonoscopy and a barium x-ray with a small bowel follow through. At the same time I was following a strict low residue diet and decided to try Lialda again. To my surprise, my colonoscopy was normal and my x-ray was “surprisingly normal”. This was great news, as the pain had also subsided. I will be most likely be on Lialda for life, but that is something I can live with. I also take Turmeric and Peppermint leave capsules daily to combat spams and bloating.
I refuse to let Crohn’s disease run my life, I will run it! Granted I can no longer eat pineapple or popcorn, along with many other high fiber fruits, but if that is what it takes to stay healthy, then that is what I am going to do. I rather run, play soccer and rock climb.
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