Hey doc, just wanted you to know that your are not the only one that has had to "fight" a chronic illness for much of their life. I have had Crohn's since I was 12, belive it has been since 5. 8 years ago it almost took my life and there have been serval times since then I have thought why didn't God just take me when he had the chance? I don't know, but I do know for some reason I am still here. I may never know til I have the chance to ask him, but I do know that He stepped in and made sure I stuck around. Sure there are times I am tired of the fight and I want to quit but knowing that for some unknown reason I am still here gives me the strength and courage to face the many difficulties and complications living with a life long disease can bring. It is the only life I know and I have to continually remind myself that I am not its victim. I am a person with the disease, but I am not defined by it. It is not me, but only a part of me. Good luck and hope you find the answers you are looking for.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
RandyPlease allow HealingWell to continue helping others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/Dx'd with Crohn's at age 12. Symptoms since age 5, RLS, Depression, Anxiety, and down right feel yucky some days.
Learning to live with this Disease rather than be its victim after 36 years.