Austin was 9 years old when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He was complaining of his hip hurting for a few weeks. We went to the doctor for his yearly checkup and they said it was just growing pains, everything else looked good. Within a few weeks the pain was so bad Austin couldn’t walk up the stairs. We again took him back to the doctor and they ran some blood work. Within a week we were sent to a rheumatologist where she ruled out juvenile arthritis and a few other things. That is when the stomach problems started - severe stomach aches, using the bathroom way too many times a day. By now it was late February and he was so sick he lost 14 pounds in just a few short weeks, which is a lot of weight for a 9-year-old. We were referred to a gastroenterologist. After they examined Austin they decided to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The tests came back positive for severe Crohn’s.
Since Austin’s diagnoses he has been on several medications that helped a little, but he continued to have flares. He began bioliogic infusions 6 months after diagnoses, it worked wonders within days. We had our little boy back! He could walk up the stairs; he wasn’t going to the restroom 20 times a day. . Austin felt so good after his first infusion he told us that he wanted to play flag football that fall.
This past summer Austin was able to go to camp Oasis in Colorado. What a wonderful opportunity that was for him. He made great friends, did arts and crafts, rope courses, rode horses and did archery for the first time. He met kids with the same medical issues that he has. It was an eye opening experience to realize he wasn’t the only kid with Crohn’s disease. Austin has been diagnosed with Crohn’s since March of 2013. He gets his infusion every 8 weeks but other than that he looks and acts like any regular 5th grader. He has returned to doing his regular little boy activities; plays flag football, basketball, and teases his sisters. He goes to school, plays with his friends, does magic tricks and loves to make people smile.