BENEFITING: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
ORGANIZER: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
I was diagnosed in Aug. 2001 with Crohn's Disease. It was a sign of relief finally having a diagnosis after 5 or 6 months of debilitating pain and embarrassment and ongoing tests, however the timing couldn’t have come at a worse time. I was diagnosed just 2 weeks before moving 3 ½ hours away to start my freshman year of college. Two weeks was not a lot of time for me to wrap my head around the fact that I have a chronic (controllable but not curable) disease on top of mentally preparing being on my own at college and all the stresses that come with that new phase of life. While I was at college I found that running allowed me the time needed to process all these major changes and I’ve been incorporating running into my life ever since. It’s been a savior for me!
In the 12 plus years since I’ve been diagnosed, I’ve been very fortunate to be healthy. I’ve only had 1 flare up during that time, and I’ve had to undergo sinus surgery in Feb. 2014 due to an infection that wasn’t clearing up. My Crohn’s medicine prevents my body from being able to fight off infection like a healthy person can.
I have always had this feeling of accomplishing something big, something that seems almost impossible to me. It might sound silly but the number 1 thing on my bucket list is to run a marathon. I don’t just want to run in one but I feel like it’s something I need to do. The thought of training and running in a marathon is terrifying to me but thinking of the huge sense of accomplishment as I cross the finish line makes me get all emotional and that trumps everything.
Last year, I got my best friend involved in running as she was going through a very difficult time in her life and after we ran in a half marathon last October we immediately signed up for the NYC Marathon. We were on cloud nine and felt like we could do anything. She recently made it into the NYC Marathon via the lottery process and I did not. I couldn’t leave her at the start line by herself. After all, this was my dream and she was being the supportive friend. After a week of searching, I came across a meaningful way to potentially get in the race. I didn’t want to just sign up for one of the many charities that they have listed because I wanted it to be meaningful to me.
I found the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America listed as one of the charities I could raise money for and get an entry in the race and now here I am. I couldn't be more grateful to find such a great charity to raise money for and make my dream come true. It's amazing to come full circle.