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In 2012 my wife was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease officially after spending 23 years in search of a diagnosis. I have been by her side for the past 16 years and have seen first hand what this disease does to a person, the confusion and uncertainty as many doctors simply write it off as IBS or nerves. This illness is something that I can relate to having IBS and Lactose Intolerance which makes me familiar with the cramping episodes, discomfort and pain.
As my wife has now been officially diagnosed she has made it her purpose to help raise awareness about the disease and other Irritable Bowel Diseases which include Celiac’s, Ulcerative Colitis and Micro Colitis. In fact, during the course of testing she had the genetic markers for Celiac’s and also one Prometheus test came back showing markers for Ulcerative Colitis as well, this only further caused it to take longer to find a diagnosis.
Her Crohn’s eventually attacked her intestines so severely and specifically her appendix, which had to be removed. It wasn’t appendicitis, though her appendix had years of scarring and stretching due to repeat flare ups the Crohn’s isn’t limited to this location but can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract.
We are trying to raise money for the Phoenix Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis.
Anyone who wishes to help, can visit and donate to help raise awareness and fund research for the treatment of Crohn’s disease.