I have had a lot of testing done the last few weeks and last night I received confirmation that I have Crohn's Disease. The doctor said that it was a possibility when the results from the abdominal MRI I had a few weeks ago came back abnormal. He sent me in for a colonoscopy last Thursday and they did find an erosion and inflammation in my terminal ileum. Again the signs pointed to Crohn's Disease, but they wanted to see the results of the multiple biopsies they took before confirming the diagnosis. Well, wouldn't you know, they showed inflammation, infection and Crohn's Disease. That was the phone call I received last night.
At first I didn't know to take the possibility of Crohn's Disease. It is not a pleasant autoimmune disease and it is one that lasts a lifetime. I thought, another chronic gastrointestinal disease, you've got to be kidding me. I mulled it over a little bit and after researching about Crohn's Disease, I started to be okay with it. Then I got the phone call last night and apparently I wasn't as okay as I thought I was. I was crushed.
I was surprised that my husband wasn't as crushed as I was. When I asked him why he seemed to be so okay with it, he said "It could be worse. It's not cancer, and you are not dying." He was right. It is not cancer and I am not dying. This disease is a hard one to have, but it is not the worst that I can have. This is a well known disease and one that has many treatment options. We plan on taking this "flare-up", as they call it, head on. Tomorrow morning I am going to start on a heavy dose of an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid hormone and we are going to beat this into remission. And during this process I am going to be researching all the holistic approaches to this disease, starting with food first. I am going to find which foods I should be eating, and which foods I should not be. I did read that milk chocolate is frowned upon. It is now on the do not eat list, so I am indulging in my last piece as I write to you now. So long milk chocolate, I will miss you!
I hear my little man reeking havoc in the next room. It sounds like he is jumping on the couch with the enthusiasm of an acrobat, so I must be going. Thank you for following me on my journey. The plot has thickened, so hold on, it looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride!
Talk to you soon,
Hi there! Welcome to Grace In A Glass. My name is Danielle and I am so happy that you are visiting this site today. We all have something in life that we are working to overcome. I began blogging about my struggle with overcoming Esophageal Dysmotility and Crohn's Disease with the hope of reaching others with words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for letting me share my stories with you, and hope you have the most wonderful day!