In 2004, at 16 years old I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after two misdiagnoses of lupus and lyme’s disease. Only weeks after my diagnosis I was in and out of the hospital having surgeries and receiving most of my nutrients via TPN through a PICC line. I went from being a very active teenager playing softball to someone who was unable to get out of my house most days because I was doubled over in pain or in the bathroom more times than I care to share.
That is only the start of my journey because this diagnosis has certainly made everyday life a challenge. Graduating high school was only made possible because I did home schooling during my sickest times my junior and senior year. College has been difficult to get through, but I haven’t given up on getting my education to do big things with my life. I knew I had an excuse to just give up on everything I wanted during my toughest moments. I had a choice to throw a pity party or fight back. I guess you can say I fought back, because nine years later I have been working as a LPN (nurse) for three years and am on my way to becoming a RN.
This disease may have given me more than my fair share of set backs in life, but it has also given me this amazing new path I am on. I have decided to go into the medical field because I want to help others who go through the same things I do. I want them to see that there is something worth fighting for! I have met some amazing people and I know I have even helped some people by continuing to fight this disease and sharing my story.
I will be 26 in a few short weeks and I would have never imagined ten years ago, at my sweet sixteen, that I would be this amazing person I am today. ALL BECAUSE I AM FIGHTING LIKE A GIRL AND FIGHTING BACK!
Currently I am in a flare and likely facing my second bowel resection surgery in a few weeks. I have been through this before and I am prepared to fight back!
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.