Accepting the Restrictions From My Crohn's Disease
When I was younger, all I wanted to do was play sports. I played football, baseball, basketball, even hockey. But when I was 12 years old, I started feeling really bad - I'd get stomachaches and really bad constipation that would last three or four days. I remember being in the bathroom, almost screaming in pain. I knew it wasn't normal. Eventually, my doctor diagnosed me with Crohn's disease.
Because going to the bathroom hurt so much, I would consciously eat less because I associated eating with the pain of going to the bathroom. I got really skinny and dehydrated, and kept getting sicker and sicker. Soon, I couldn't lift a baseball bat, much less play tackle football. I lost any kind of athletic ability I had - it all diminished. That was a really hard time.
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