As many of you know, Ashley was diagnosed with Crohn's in the fall of September 2013. In Novemeber of that year she has 6 inches of her small intestine and colon removed. As a result of Crohn's she has to inject herself twice a month (for the rest of her life, or until there is a cure) with Humira, a drug that has it's own short and long-term side effects.
She endured a second surgery this past year. Thankfully, through the combination of surgery and drugs, she is currently in remission, and other than fatigue, is leading a pretty normal teenager life :)
This year, I will again be walking in the Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Take Steps is CCFA's national walk the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings this community together in a fun, energetic and supportive atmosphere.
If you're able to donate, your donation will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects.