chronic illness

Living with Crohn's Disease

Living with Crohn's Disease

I was diagnosed on a hot, spring day in California. I was in college, and I had never been in the hospital before. I remember always having a "nervous stomach," growing up, and I was sick with "a stomach bug" more often than I was well. This particular day, I went to the emergency room with terrible stomach pain—pain so bad that my family thought something was wrong with my appendix. The ER staff took one look at my pale, thin body and admitted me immediately.