Allergic To Myself

A place for the autoimmune afflicted

Just Another Story…

Hello Everyone! My name is Eric and I am the creator of this blog. The purpose of this blog is for people with autoimmune diseases to share thoughts and stories with each other and the world. While every case is unique, there are very many similarities also and something that helps or hurts you might do the same for others. I feel that the sharing of information and experiences is vital to create a support system and understanding, please share your thoughts and stories. For now, this is my story…

I was just another teenager

I was just your average teenager, I lived in Houston for my whole high school career. I liked to “hang out”, sing, I was in a business program for my school, and I was very actively involved with my religion. Although I knew my family had a history of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid and lupus, I never thought I would personally have to experience anything like that. Little did I  know how my life would change. When I was a sophomore, I suddenly started having very painful intestinal pains. The symptoms were infrequent and went away after a couple of agonizing hours so I didn’t get help at first. I continued on with my life for another year while the aches became more and more frequent, finally I went to a gastroenterologist. After some intense testing, including a colonoscopy and a x-ray where I had to drink barium, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. This blew my teenage mind and i spend all of my senior year coming to terms with the change that was happening in my life, where before I seemed invincible.  Now I had this disease I had to deal with the rest of my life, because it is not curable. There was a lot of pain, sadness and self-pity for my entire senior year but finally I realized something. Having this disease really sucks, but I am lucky in soo many ways. I was young enough when they caught it that it hadn’t done too much damage and I had adequate insurance to help me with the costs, which was a huge blessing. I realize that many people have a harder time with this than me and I sympathize. Please email me your personal stories and experiences if you wish to share, my email is in the about me section. I am happy to say that my Crohn’s has been stable for the past 2 years. Please share your experiences and stories, add to this community. Thank you!

Eric

my Crohn's is in the ilium area of the small intestines

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Autoimmune Disease, Crohn's Disease, Stories | , | 32 Comments