Well, since I'm new here, I guess I'll use this opportunity to intoduce myself. :)
My name is Shannon, I'm 30 years old, happily married to Brian, mother of four children (3 boys and a girl, ages 11, 9, 5 and 2), from Poughkeepsie, NY. I've been a stay at home mom since my oldest son was born, but am halfway through my associates degree in Human Services. I had to drop out of school during my last pregnancy because of placenta previa, but hope to go back and finish at least that first degree soon. I'm not sure when that will be, because I can't imagine being a full-time student or working while feeling like I do, but someday....
I love camping, and I do it just about
every weekend from April to October. I'm a metalhead, and that will never change!I love to cook, to eat (when I'm feeling up to it), and love a good bottle of wine. I'm an avid reader. I'm a fan of the supernatural and the occult. I have 2 cats and a Jack Russell Terrier. I quit smoking 6 weeks ago. I'm a reality show junkie, and not the ones like Survivor or The Amazing Race...I mean like Flavor of Love and I Love New York. :P I'm a HUGE Nascar fan; my favorite drivers are Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jr. and Denny Hamlin.
As far as my health, I started getting sick after my second son was born in 1998. I originally thought it was IBS and kind of blew it all off. During the end of my third pregnancy, it got markedly worse. about
2 weeks after my daughter was born in 2002, we pulled in to the parking lot of WalMart and I had an attack of pain and diarrhea, which my husband had never seen before. He told me to get to the doctor! My PCP didn't think anything was wrong with me, but since I insisted that I was in a lot of pain and had blood and mucous, she referred me to a GI. I saw the doctor she recommended, who did a colonoscopy and sent me home with a diagnosis of IBS, a prescript
ion for Librax, and the news that she was leaving the practice, and I'd have to follow up with the nurse practitioner in the practice. I wasn't pleased, but that was the best thing that could have ever happened! The NP didn't buy the doctor's diagnosis, and over many months, and with the consultation of the other doctors in the group, she did tons of bloodwork and through trial and error with medications, eventually diagnosed me with Crohn's. This was officially diagnosed in 2004 when it was finally seen in my colonoscopy. I started Remicade in 2004, and was in remission and feeling great, when I found out I was pregnant - a huge surprise, considering my medications and health! I felt great throughout most of the pregnancy, up until the last 3 weeks. When my son was born, I became very ill, and had a Remicade infusion 2 weeks later. My body had built up antibodies, and I ended up with serum sickness. It was no fun trying to care for a newborn when all my joints were swollen and I couldn't move without the worst pain of my life! Since then, I have been fighting to stay on the "well" side of this. I'm now officially diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis, IBS, and diverticulitis. I was in remission as of my last colonoscopy, but am in the midst of a nasty infection right now, feeling very poorly and having a lot of pain. I'm also an asthmatic, have Factor VIII deficiency, have hypertension, fibromyalgia, had a hysterectomy 6 weeks ago because of endometriosis and adenomyosis, had my gall bladder removed, a pubovaginal bladder sling done for incontinance, suffer from constant joint pain and headaches, and will have a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff repaired on November 20 (I did it when I had serum sickness, it only took 2 years for the ortho to do the MRI and diagnose it properly!).
That's me in a nutshell...