Chelsea K.

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Chelsea K.

  • School: Emory University
  • Major: Undecided
  • My experience with Crohn’s disease has been anything but typical. The disease was discovered not because I showed symptoms, but because in seventh grade when I got my appendix out, doctors happened to discover an inflammation in the same area. After several tests, Crohn's was diagnosed, but the disease remained in a dormant state until November of eleventh grade, when it flared up. 

    Despite knowing that I had Crohn’s for several years, I found myself completely unprepared for how it would affect my life. During the most difficult year of high school, when most kids were worrying about the SATs, ACTs, choosing and visiting colleges, and finding a date for the Junior Prom,  I found myself worrying about feeling well enough to just go to school, and if I did, making it to the bathroom on time. Now that Crohn’s had reared its ugly head, I was forced to recognize that I did, in fact, have a disease, and I was finally honest with myself, as well as with my teachers, peers, and especially my friends. I realized that this honesty was the only way to keep the disease from controlling my life. Eventually, thanks to the support of my family and friends, and personal perseverance, I was able to overcome the challenges I faced while Crohn’s tried to control my life.

    Luckily, due to Humira, I have been in remission for a little over a year, so my disease does not impact my everyday life. However, I still remember what the daily struggles were like. Living with IBD is difficult, and I have learned that honesty and openness, and trusting friends and family, will help me live with this disease.

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