I was diagnosed in 2003 after 88 days in the hospital, the physician said he was treating me for ulcerative colitis but thought it was crohn’s so I signed for exploratory surgery. He said we would take a section of my colon or do an biopsy..let’s try a look, then. I awoke with an ileostomy, and had 5 more sugeries (not the pig intestine transplant that I’d hoped for or the stem cell transplant suggested) but I no longer have an exit, so this is not reversible.
I’m on Cimzia injections, still deal daily with pain but am grateful for every day that I live well. He’s now considering TPN for the rest of my life and I’m only 48? Seems drastic, but I met a man on a mission trip in Lufkin, Texas, last summer (while building wheelchair ramps with United Methodist ARMY youth volunteers…he’s in his 70’s and watched his grandchildren grow up for the past 14 years. I can do this, if I have to!
I hope to be an inspiration to others, I’m a psychologist and getting my doctorate in Autism Spectrum disorders to work toward my future…however, long or short that may be. My mantra is…I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!
Thanks for the opportunity to share with others along this journey, we all have our crosses to bear. Mine is Crohn’s.
Kimberly Gober, BA, MS, EdS in ASD candidate at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR