Living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
Listening to Tim McGraw’s hit song: “Live Like You Were Dying,” I love the lyrics, “Like tomorrow was a gift and ya got eternity to think about what to do with it. . . . I hope you get the chance to live like you were dyin'” This song resonates with me because medically I
have had twelve (12) surgeries on my stomach and a few years ago, I died on the operating table. I have been struggling and living with Crohn’s Disease for more than 20 years. Because Crohn’s is very difficult to diagnose, I was diagnosed early on with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, then later Ulcerative Colitis. Though it has been a challenging struggle, I am in a good place now. You can live a vibrant and productive life even if you are afflicted with debilitating Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, by educating yourself, remaining positive and proactive. People often equate Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis to “just a stomach ache”, however both diseases are much more serious. These diseases, though not household names, are more common than might be thought. I also want to highlight the need for more research and treatment options. That recurring “stomach ache” might be worth a closer look. “Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are both forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is an intestinal disorder that affects approximately 1.4 million Americans, and its peak onset is in persons between the ages of 15 to 30 years old. Inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract. (www.mayoclinic.com) “IBD is one of the five most prevalent gastrointestinal disease burdens in the United States, with an overall health care cost of more than $1.7 billion. This chronic condition is without a medical cure and commonly requires a lifetime of care.” (CDC)
The classic symptoms of IBD include abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea. In some cases symptoms...
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