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IBD won’t win

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 16. Now, 20, I’ve been through many different kinds and combinations of treatments including 2 different biologics. I’ve met with multiple surgeons and specialists to address the many different issues happening within and outside of my bowels. I’ve walked through months and months of continuous steroid treatments as my only option to get relatively healthy.

I have monthly infusions of my medication and recently had a port implanted for ease of access as my veins were disappearing by the day. Going through life as a young adult with a chronic illness is likely the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do. In addition to the busy life of a patient, I’m a racecar driver which takes tons of energy and dedication day in and day out. To top things off I’m a surgical dental assisting working towards nursing school. I won’t give up. I won’t let IBD take over and ruin my life. I will prove that I’m stronger than this debilitating illness.

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  • Pam.Kingsland moderator
    1 month ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, @casey13starr! All of your roles and aspirations are a inspiration to just keep fighting and pushing through! I’m sure sometimes it can be difficult, but your attitude is everything! Never give up. Just keep going! Stay strong. -Pam (team member)

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