I thought I would introduce myself to everyone, and let you know who I am. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease August 28, 2011. I had been having abdominal pain that would come and go for close to 3 years. I had diarrhea for about that same amount of time. I was always tired, I felt like I could never get enough sleep.
Finally one day the pain I was in got so bad that I was nearly screaming. I could not move, I could not sleep, I could not eat, and I could not drink. I would get sick even drinking a little water. It was at that point I knew that I needed to go to the emergency room. I show up there, and it is full. I remember feeling completely defeated at that point. When I checked in, they found a bed for me immediately. It was at that point that I realized that things were becoming serious.
They ran some test, and it was determined that my appendix had ruptured due to them not being able to see it on the CT scan. My nurse came in, and ended up giving me a double dose of morphine that my surgeon had ordered. This was my first time in the emergency room, so I was unaware that you could actually ask for pain medication.
My surgeon then came into my room, and informed me that they would be doing an emergency surgery on me. He let me know that it looked like my appendix had ruptured. He informed me that he would try to get things laproscopically, however if it were bad enough that would have to make a bigger incision.
When they wheeled me down to the operating room, I was not thinking how much my life would change once I woke up.
I woke up that next morning to my mom, her boyfriend, and my aunt coming in to visit me. The anesthesia had not quite wore off yet, so I was still pretty out of it. I remember seeing a look on my mom’s face, and I knew something was not good. She explained to me that when my surgeon opened me up he actually found my appendix completely intact. Ordinarily to most that would have been excellent news, however, the next word out of my mom’s mouth was “but”.
She then proceeded to tell me that my surgeon found that what the actual problem was, was that my colon and small intestine had perforated due strictures caused by a disease called Crohns. She then explained to me that thing attached to my right side was called and ileostomy.
I could barely process all of that. I knew at that point that I had tubes coming out of everywhere, a family who was scared to death, and now something called Crohns Disease.
That next day the anesthesia wore off, and I was able to think a little clearer. My surgeon explained to me what these things called strictures were, and explained about my ileostomy. He also gave me a brief explanation about what Crohns Disease was.
A week later, I was discharged from the hospital. I did not know a lot about Crohn’s disease at the time. I did know one thing, however, I knew that this disease would not defeat me. I apparently had been dealing with this disease for three years. It had taken so much from me. Now that I know what it was, I began a journey to take back everything from it that it had taken away from me. That is when I stopped just surviving with Crohns disease to thriving with it. I want everyone to know that it is possible to thrive with IBD/Crohns. Getting the diagnosis of IBD does not have to be a death sentence. I want you guys to know that it is my goal to do what I can to help each and everyone of you take back from this disease what was taken from you.