Gratitude in the Midst of Crohn’s Disease

Virus MicrographLet’s admit it – Crohn’s disease is not something that the vast majority of sufferers are thankful for. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s a thorn in our side at best, and a disease that debilitates patients until it steals their very life at worst. As most of America gathers for Thanksgiving to count their blessings, I’ve struggled to find anything positive about Crohn’s disease. I certainly could do without the surgeries and agonizing recoveries, the frequent trips to the bathroom that confined me to my house, the lack of energy that left me dragging through years at a time and the bitter disappointment of many failed therapies.

But from the ashes of Crohn’s disease I have found something good: YOU. All of you. For years I thought I was alone. I thought no one would ever understand my daily reality. I suffered in silence because I didn’t want to burden others. One day I stumbled across a huge Crohn’s forum, and read story after story just like mine. People who had the courage to share the details of their disease to help others. Below those stories were the most amazing comments from total strangers sending encouragement. Hang in there. I know how you feel. I’ve been there too. Sending a hug your way.

I told my story, and you helped me with your love and encouragement. It’s been a privilege to meet so many Crohn’s patients from around the world, with different stories to tell and knowledge to share. We all get by with a little help from our friends.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Julie Web Admin

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