And I have Crohns Disease.
But you probably already knew that.
Crohns disease affects my life every single day. If its not my awfully cranky guts or my sore butt, its my joints and my fatigue. Its an ongoing battle and maintaining my remission is often draining – both physically and emotional. I am often fraught with frustration and anger, because nothing about CD is fair. It is utterly life changing and feels like a problem child.
Despite this, I’ve learnt so much about myself this past year. I’m stronger because of my condition. I’ve changed and I think its for the better. I work harder because I know there will be a time when I can. I talk about my CD because I want the awareness of this condition to grow and rise. I want to help, in any way I can.
This is me, on my 24th birthday. Many good memories. I want more like this, memories that help me get through the tough days and allow me to be as normal as I possibly can. I enjoy not being “normal” and I enjoy the character building I’ve had since my diagnosis. I might not ever admit that again, but I am glad. When I’m in pain, I curse Crohns to the deepest depths of hell.
I am here to show the good and bad of CD, and how much we struggle. I share my negativity because people are afriad of feeling bad and unhappy with things. There is nothing wrong with that!