I will run and raise money until we find a cure!
Some of you may know my story, some may not. I grew up hating running, infact I got made fun of in elementary school because I was always the slowest runner. Well that seems to still be true to this day, I still dont like it and lets be honest I am not anywhere near fast however almost 8 years ago my life was changed forever. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease after having excruciating joint pain and mulitple trips to the bathroom daily. I have and still do struggle with weight, digestion problems, severe headaches, and a lot of pain. I have endured countless medical tests, ups and downs with Prednisone, aggressive drugs, and multiple hospitalizations. I have been dealing with a lot of pain the last nine months and after taking multiple tests nothing seemed to come up. I felt defeated, frustrated and angry because I new deep down the pain I was feeling was something. Finally after months went by we decided to take one final test, a few weeks later the results came back showing the Crohn's Disease being very active. After talking with the doctor and my family we decided it was time to go back on medicine. I started an Immunosuppressant drug in the middle of May and will start Humira, a biologic drug in the middle of July. We are hopeful this drug will help with the pain and bathroom trips however it is NOT A CURE.
The last eight years I have seen doctor after doctor, been pricked and poked too many times to count and have now made the promise to keep running and raising money to find a cure. Battling the symptoms of this disease continues to be a daily struggle for me, as it is for the other 1 in 200 people that struggle with Irritable Bowel Disease. An estimated 1.6 million Americans, of which more than 150,000 are children, have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. These are painful and debilitating digestive diseases for which there is currently no cure.
Even though I am not anywhere near being a natural runner, this team of people who struggle with the same struggles I face daily has become my family. "Team Challenge" is an endurance-training program designed to raise awareness and the funds to help find a cure and imporve the lives of patients with these lifelong disease. They are supportive, loving and understand more than anyone else. It is because of them and the challenges they face from these awful diseases I will be running with them my 6th Half Marathon this next Febuary in New Orleans. My goal is to raise money to spread awareness as well as find a cure for both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Please help me achieve my goal of raising $6,000 by Febuary 2018! A minimum of 80 cents per dollar raised by CCFA goes directly to research, patient support, and your contribution is tax-deductible. I hope that you will help me by making a donation!
Now lets run to find a cure!!
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.
The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is: To cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.
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