I’m sorry it’s been a little while since I posted. I’ve had quite the journey of healing over the last few weeks. As many of you know I was hospitalized recently with severe pain in my abdomen. After running through many tests, it was determined that I have Crohn’s Disease.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Basically, my immune system is attacking my ileum (or small bowel). In people with IBD, normal, healthy bacteria are mistaken for harmful invaders and the immune system mounts a response. Cells travel out of the blood to the intestines and produce inflammation, which is a normal immune system response. However, the inflammation does not subside, leading to chronic inflammation, ulceration, thickening of the intestinal wall, and eventually causing patient symptoms. For me, these symptoms appeared as:
- urgent need to move bowels
- severe abdominal cramps and pain
- and fatigue.
Sounds fun, right?
The causes of Crohn’s disease are not well understood. Diet and stress may aggravate Crohn’s Disease, but they do not cause the disease on their own. Recent research suggests hereditary, genetics, and/or environmental factors contribute to the development of Crohn’s Disease.
So What Now?
After careful consideration my doctor and I decided that the best course of action for me is to use a biologic medication called Humira. You’ve probably seen commercials for it before. The idea behind it is that it will suppress my immune system so that it stops attacking my own body, and hopefully keeping me in remission. The first dosage of Humira is four self administered injections, and of course I had to share with you all, because who doesn’t want to see me stab myself with a needle four times!? I hope you enjoy my video below sharing this experience with you!!
To learn more about Crohn’s Disease, please visit http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/
To learn more about Humira, please visit https://www.humira.com/