In honor of World IBD Day, I want to share my IBD story with you!
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 14. Being so young I didn't know what having an "IBD" was. I had no clue that it would affect me for the rest of my life. I didn't realize that it would affect not only my guts- but my ENTIRE well-being...my joints, my memory, my mind, my ability to have kids, my social abilities- everything.
Fast forward 14 years and I have tried just about every med in the book,and been on and off meds ever since. I have had 8 miscarriages due to effects from Crohn's and have struggles with other areas of my health as well. I have been able to control a lot of my symptoms using diet and healthy lifestyle (THANK YOU Shakeology!!!)- but recently started Entyvio after a bad postpartum flare and failed attempt with Humira.
But ya know what?? LIFE. IS. GOOD.
My outlook with living with a chronic illness has changed as I've learned to cope over the years. Now I realize that everything that is happening in my life has a purpose. God has a plan for ME! And I'm so grateful that he does!
Crohn's Disease is a part of my plan. My trials and my struggles are my own and I get to learn from them and lift others around me who are struggling too. God knows what I need and how to help me through. What a blessing!
14 years after being diagnosed I have climbed mountains, ran on beaches, gotten married, had 2 beautiful boys, created a successful at-home business, ran a half marathon...IBD CAN'T STOP ME! I AM IBD, IBD is NOT me!
I am GRATEFUL for this trial in my life. It has made me a better, stronger person and I know that THIS is the life I was meant to live!!!
Stay strong all my IBD warrior friends! God knows your struggle and he is using you to INSPIRE and LIFT those around you!!!
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