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Never give up hope

11 years ago I got diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Being undiagnosed for so many years made my Crohn’s hard to treat. I began Remicade and it began to work for five years which lead me into remission. Then it started to stop working when I was in high school. My symptoms came back worse than ever.

I was told my next option was surgery which gave me a temporary colostomy. Slowly my life returned back to normal I returned back to school and could do things i couldn’t do prior to surgery. A year after surgery I got admitted to the hospital for a flare up. Little did I know this admission would result me being in the hospital for 9 months. My health turned upside down when my appendix ruptured and i developed 3 abscesses, my intestine perforated, and went septic.

I spent many months fighting for my life until I was healthy enough for surgery. This year marks 3 years since that 9 month long hospitalization. 3 years ago I never thought I would be where I am today. Im a full time college student studying for nursing and work full time. Everyones IBD journey is unique and one thing I have learned is to never give up hope.

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    1 year ago

    Laura! Wow, you are such a warrior. I too have Crohn’s and my longest stay in the hospital was two weeks. My gosh, I can’t imagine nine months and especially in the condition you were in.

    I am so inspired by your strength. The fact you came out and are moving forward, going to school and working full time is nothing short of amazing.

    You should be so proud of yourself and I am in your corner cheering you on! Rock on, and go get’em!

    Best of luck in your endeavors, and keep in touch. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Always dancing,

  • Pam.Kingsland moderator
    1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, Laura! You are an inspiration to all of those that are fighting and a great reminder to never give up hope. Please keep us posted!
    -Pam (team member)

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