My name in Pamela Grace (Peanut) Campbell. I am 14 years old and live in Crofton, MD. If you were to meet me, you would not know that I am sick. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 10 years old. Before the diagnosis, I was doing well in school, playing softball and basketball – life was great!
In July of 2010, I began to have pain in my stomach. Dfferent doctors put me on several medications but nothing was helping. The pain got so bad that my parents took me to the emergency room where I was admitted and diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. During the first 18 months of my diagnoses, I was hospitalized 3 separate times for a total of 50 days.
My life has changed in many ways since the diagnosis. I am on several drugs which have many side effects; I go the hospital for an infusion of Remicade every six weeks; my stomach hurts most of the time; I get tired quickly playing sports and it is difficult to plan any time away from home. Other than the pain and fear of what will happen next, it’s hard dealing with constant fatigue and keeping my grades up because I miss a lot of school..
The good news is that my family, friends, teachers and coaches have been very understanding and supportive of my condition. I have not had a major flare for over two years, and I am able to play softball most of of the time.
I had never heard of Crohn’s Disease before and know very few people my age who have it. It is important to me to support CCFA by continuing to raise funds and awareness and pray that the doctors and scientists will find a cure soon!
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