Living with Crohn's
I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 24 based on symptoms I shared with my doctor. They told me to take Metamucil – and for a long time, my symptoms were managed. Then, I had a serious event where I thought I had food poisoning – so severe, I went to the hospital. The doctors determined my symptoms were related to scar tissue from an appendectomy and sent me home after spending a week in the hospital!
A full year later, I experienced the same symptoms as the year before with stomach pain and vomiting again went to the hospital where a new ER doc told me I had Crohn’s. I was referred to a specialist for a colonoscopy and blood test; the verdict was in and my Crohn’s diagnosis confirmed. By this time, I had done my homework and pretty much knew what I’d be facing – not the news you want, but at least I now had a plan to try to stay healthy.
I learned about what IQuity was doing – what a difference a test that would have shown the Crohn’s in my 20s instead of in my 40s would have made. And, since Crohn’s can affect family members, this is something I would have my kids do – to know early could make a big difference for them.
Working Mother of Three