So on Valentine's I was in a lot of pain, and I do mean a lot. I'm usually pretty good with stomach pain, I've had it on and off for as long as I can remember. But this was different. It was unbearable and I became very distended in my abdomen. To make a long story short, as the pain persisted for three days my mom finally forced me to the hospital where they did absolutely nothing and sent me home. She forced me again the next night when the pain and distention worsened. This time they gave me a CT and it showed swelling of the distal ileum, appendix and liver, leading to a partial bowel obstruction. The crappy ER doctor laughed at me and said I didn't have an obstruction(which I did) and sent me home again. For five days I felt like my fabulous self again, until it all came back. I ended up being hospitalized for three days NPO and then was given a colonoscopy on the final day. And so it was Crohn's. Moderate to severe Crohn's in every part of my bowel.
Saying I was upset would be an understatement. I was rather shaken up, particularly by a comment saying the medicine I need would weaken my immune system to a point where being a physician might not be possible. (SORRY, you aren't stopping me!).
so, yes I was just diagnosed and yes I am scared, and yes this blog post is all over the place. However, in spite of my fears and disease, I have decided to enter a pageant. SO RANDOM! Just because my bowels are severely broken doesn't mean I am. I want to use this as a platform to show that chronic disease, as ugly as it is, doesn't make you less strong or beautiful. I want to raise awareness, help others, and better myself. Wish me luck!