19 May 2015
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have Crohn’s Disease. For those of you that don’t know, Crohn’s Disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases that causes chronic inflammation in the intestinal track. Because today is World IBD day, I wanted to write a letter to all of the people I know that have Crohn’s or Colitis. I have been so fortunate throughout my life to have made so many incredible friendships with other people that have IBD. They empower and inspire me, and have been there for me in some of my darkest moments. This is for them.
My Crohn’s and Colitis Buddies,
People who don’t have IBD can never fully understand what you’ve been through, but I do. There has been incredible pain and tremendous fear, but there has also been unmeasurable strength and courage. You are some of the most inspiring people that I know. Many of you have gone through more terrifying experiences than anyone should ever have to go through in their lifetime, but all it has done is made you stronger.
It’s made you more loving. It’s made you reach out to other people and care for them without worry for what you yourself are going through. I am so incredibly proud of the people you have become and the things that you have accomplished. I’m in awe of the moves that you have made no matter how terrifying they may have looked in the face of your disease.
May you continue to impact the world in such powerful ways with your stories of all that you have been through. May you never been afraid or ashamed to talk about your disease. May your openness bring hope to someone that needs to most. May they be able to relate to your experiences and be inspired by your attitude. I know that I have been.
When I am temped to feel sorry for myself or wonder why I have suffered like I have, I remember you. I remember that you have shared those same feelings and come out on the other side. I remember that because of this illness we are all connected and without it, we may not have met. And then I don’t have to wonder why me anymore, and I am thankful. Thankful that I know you and that you have helped to make me who I am today.
May this day remind you how incredible you are.