Bonjour! I’m Kat, and I’ve been living with this awesome disease called Crohn’s for the past ten-ish years. “Ten-ISH?” you ask? Yeah, so the thing is getting diagnosed isn’t always easy, although thankfully times have changed. Back when I walked into the doctor’s office with heinous complaints such as using the bathroom 20 times a day, bloating, fatigue, nausea, and oh right, pain, I was told to get over it and get lost. Okay, so not in so many words, but that’s the gist.
Since diagnosis I’ve taken a variety of medications to include biologics and a chemo classed drug, underwent surgeries, suffered multiple complications, and had a temporary ostomy. I’m proficient in all things pharmaceutical, hospital, painful, stressful, medical, etc.
After going from a young track star to a decrepit adult who hasn’t hit 30 (30??! Do I have to?), I’ve experienced a range of issues with Crohn’s, and as a result hit the books to do my research. I want to help others with Crohn’s, from those newly diagnosed to old hats who may have a question.
I’m a French Immersion Teacher, a writer, a full time stepmom to four teenagers, and a free spirit who has learned that now, more than ever, is the time for me to seize the day.
If there is any topic you ever want discussed please comment and I will respond with a post. To help streamline said medical topics, here’s where I have experience:
Medications: Imuran, Methotrexate, Entocort, Prednisone, Remicade, Cimzia, Humira, anti-nausea meds (Zofran, Phenergan, Compozine), pain meds (too long to list), anti-spasmodics (such as Bentol), stool softeners/laxatives, various supplements
Procedures: Colonoscopies (12 total), Barium X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, bowel resection, emergency surgery for leak, ostomy reversal surgery, Bone Marrow Density Scan
Hospital: NG tube, Drains, & hospital living
Misc: Working with Crohn’s, Relationships and Crohn’s, Parenting and Crohn’s
“I speak three languages- English, French, and Sarcasm.”- says the smartest kid ever
Yes, yes I do.
Lastly, because music is everything, everyone must listen to The Airborne Toxic Event, the best band ever.
“You’re going to leave the way you came without a thing…”- Doesn’t Mean a Thing by TATE