I received a congressional nomination and later an appointment to the United States Naval Academy but took a full ride scholarship to UIC instead. All because of Migraines and Unknown Gut problems. After 2 years of ROTC and College, the Navy said I would never be awarded a flight billet because of my medical problems... namely Migraines. Well, at 19-20 years of age, after getting straight A's in H.S. and college, working my ass off to get a flight billet (Pilot like another fellow crohnie in this forum), I quit. Got depressed and rebelled for a while I guess.
I later went to work as an electrician... worked my way up to management... IBS and Migraines led to inconsistencies in my performance. I got fired. So, I started my own business in Window & Door & Glass distribution and replacement. It allowed me the flexibility to be sick.. sort of. The economy crashed, construction stopped as well. Crohn's set in this summer while unemployed/ out of work and without insurance. I sit here going bankrupt, in pain, wife running around on me (She doesn't support me a bit), waiting for the economy to turn around... or Jesus to come back.
I am of Polish/ Jewish descent. I have a cousin with Crohn's. I have a 130 IQ (Kinda smart I guess), am good looking (Presentable in society), am (was) a go-getter. I'd say most Crohnies are go-getters. I bet stress may be a key ingredient to our disease. We ignore stress and keep driving? I don't know how most of you stay employed. I just can't do it right now... not yet anyways.
I wonder who the disease chooses. I thought about
applying for disability. I am 33 years old and a huge mess right now. Problem is... I appear "well to do" and have a way of presenting myself like all is well... even though I feel like I am dying. I doubt I'd be approved. If I don't though, I'll lose it all.
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