My name is Samantha Rynearson. I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in January 2013 after an entire year of tests, labs, scopes, and more. My Crohn's disease was originally classified as "mild" and was able to be controlled by pills. My pregnancy with my daughter, Jude put me into remission for nearly an entire year which was sweet bliss. When Jude was 9 months old, our family was involved in a car accident which took quite the toll on my body and mind - causing endless amounts of stress which triggered my Crohn's to have complications. After seeing a new doctor I was reclassified as "moderate" Crohn's disease and was placed on biologics (Humira.) Allergic reaction to Humira made us make the switch to Remicade which seemed to be my savior drug. After 7 months on Remicade I felt better than I had in a long long time but my scope results showed otherwise. My body wasn't healing although I was feeling well. We up-ed my dosage of Remicade but after an ER trip January 4th, 2017, with a small bowel obstruction, I have been recategorized to "severe" Crohn's disease. If there's one thing I could tell someone about this disease, it is the unpredicatability of it. One day you are feeling fine, and the next day you are being admitted to the hospital for an unknown about of time with the possibility of surgery. Therefore, I'd love for people to join my team Crohnically Fabulous and join me in Pittsburgh on June 10, 2017 to walk with me and learn more about what the CCFA does for patients like me and the measures they are taking to find a cure.
I’m walking to empower myself, my friends, other patients, and families living with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. We are a community dedicated to improving the lives of the 1.6 million men, women, and children who struggle with digestive diseases in the U.S.
Please join me in supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) by donating toward my fundraising goal of $2000 or more for this year’s Take Steps walk in Pittsburgh! Your donation directly supports critical research towards cures, as well as patient programs like Camp Oasis which is a summer camp just for kids with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.
Better yet, take it a step further and register yourself! It’s not only deeply important to me, but to many others whose lives are impacted by IBD. I would love to have a large team by my side.
Thank you and God bless,
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