I'm Not Average: Hannah C.
Research and awareness gives me hope. It means that others understand what I am going through.
up, I spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices trying to find out what was wrong
with my digestive system. Finally one of my doctors suggested I be tested
for Crohn’s Disease but suggested that since Crohn’s is so rare, it was
unlikely that I had it. After receiving the test results, I discovered that I
did have Crohn’s Disease.
years of guessing, at age 17 I could finally research my diagnosis on the
internet, identify my symptoms, and find others who share my experiences. It
was a relief to understand what was wrong with me, but it was still stressful
to always be aware of available food options and public facilities while
starting my freshman year in college.
and through my medical treatments, I have gotten involved with the Crohn’s and
Colitis Foundation of America. Through this work, I have been able to assist
people who have received their initial diagnosis to better understand the
disease and its impact.
and awareness gives me hope. It means that others understand what I am going
through. I provide blood for clinical trials and I know that, even in the
small time since my diagnosis, so much has changed for the better, and I can be
a part of that change.