I need this funding to I can resume a "normal" life and begin working again free of daily pain and symptoms. I want to give back to society and others who have suffered as I have, since I was a young child. With this funding, I can resume my community service and pursue my dream of being a health coach by sharing my experience and helping others get out of the pit of chronic illness. Since age nine, I have worked in a community service, dedicating up to 70 hours a month, when I was not ill, in pursuit of helping and saving others. This is what I do, and I love doing it. Unfortunatly, my Ulcerative Colitis and other autoimmune conditions have serverly affected my community service and my passions such as spending time with animals like this beautiful horse Diablo in the photo.
My journey began at age 14 where I began exhibiting extreme symtoms. Bleeding, diarrhea, dehydation, extreme anemia, weight loss, stabbing pains, and fissures were the major ones just to begin. At that time, they had no idea what I had. So there I was a embarrased high schooler, trying to hide the fact that I was running to the bathroom every 2 minutes, and passing out therafter from pain and anemia. There was no food that sat well. So I barely ate and I could not move from my bed or I'd pass out cold. I dreaded eating. I dreaded waking up, knowing that I was going to have to endure another day of misery and no relief. I felt like I was slowly dying inside and every treatment the doctors and hospitals gave made my pain and bleeding increased.
Fast forward 15 years later, while still being alive, nothing had improved. Eight colonoscopies and countless hospitalizations later, my diagnoses were: Ulcerative Colistis, Gerd, Hypothyrodism, anemia, weight loss, allergies, asthma, anxiety, migranes with aura, fibromyalgia and fissures. I had escaped dealth multiple times, only to come back to the same issues and no solutions. Throughout all those years I was still having the exact same symptoms from when these issue began, yet worse. The medications that they force you to take via fear tactics, created allergic reactions within me and extreme anxiety. Prednisone made me not sleep for more than 1 hour each night for 5 weeks straight. Humira made me get bronchitis, allergies and my body completly rejected it with a extreme allergic reaction leading to anaphylaxis. The pills, enemas, suppositiories, shots, infusions were a part of my daily life for all these years as I continued to bleed out, be hosptialized, and told that "there is nothing else we can do for you." Surgery was their only possible option, but as the colitis continued to spread higher and higher with each year, turning into what they thought, Crohns, they did not want to do that either, especially seeing as how low my blood count has always been.
I finally began to find relief when I began doing private coaching with Crohns and Colitis Lifestyle, and following their recommendations. I finally bagan to see the light at the end of the dark tunnel I had been in for so long! This funding will help me to continue treatment and get back to being HEALTHY LINSY! If you are able to donate I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope to be able to do the same for someone else in the future.