I was rummaging through some old writings. Came across these short diary-like entries from stints in/out of hospital 6 or 7 years back.
These began at a time when I was pretty vulnerable, with no proper diagnosis of the developing illness I had. Gradually, over the weeks, I became more and more aware of this “CROHN’S DISEASE” and started writing about its day-to-day struggles/speculating a lot about its causes.
To this day, Crohn’s has no known cure, but it is more common than people think.
Just no one ever talks about it.
[Each entry is how it was when I wrote it, except maybe for a few spelling/grammar edits. Don’t use them as a guide; they are merely the experiences of a patient coming to terms with an illness (written mostly on a variety of different meds.)]
> Part 2: I am Not Alone
(Part 1 HERE)
Crohn’s Disease isn’t life threatening (or so I’ve been told), but it does have a huge influence on a person’s day-to-day life (from a fluctuating appetite to bog trips anywhere between 8 and 20 times a day).
As to the cause, well, that’s still unknown. There is also no cure.
What researchers do know, is that it is an inflammation of the bowel (possibly heredity) causing a great deal of pain/discomfort in the abdominal region.
2/3’s of patients will need surgery at some point in their lives as the bowel can become so inflamed that it becomes so incredibly painful to be able to digest food/go to the toilet as one normally would.
Prior to my own diagnosis I had never even heard of the disease. But after speaking with a few patients in the ward (as well as a couple of old school mates), I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably more common than everybody thinks.