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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/17/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome Peggy.  I have to say that you have helped me in many ways with your knowledge.  I wish I had found this forum BEFORE I had my first ileo!!
I am a transplant to Jackson Twp (Akron/Canton Airport) from Connecticut.  I have been blessed to be able to go to the Cleveland Clinic.  I was diagnosed, with Crohn's, 19 years ago, had a resecetion, and was able to get on with life.  Fast forward 10 years and a move to Ohio and I didn't know what hit me!  It started slow and picked up speed...I'd say around 15 surgeries later (the last one 2/8/08), 5 were major, I have my "end" cure would have helped me at this point, and I love life too much!
I am so glad this forum exists!  I am sure it has touch many lives, in possitive ways, that the wonderful people here don't even know of.

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   Posted 3/17/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Awww thank you Ohio 76. How nice of you for the compliment. What a nice thing to hear on my Birthday! Yep, St. Paddy's Day.

I was born in Alliance, raised in Louisville, been in IN for 17 years now. Still have family in Ohio - Louisville, Canton, Green Twp. Very familiar with the area. I worked for 10 years for the City of Canton as secretary to the Service Director, and later the Service/Safety Director under Cmich and Purses. Got my Assoc Deg from Stark State Tech College but it was plain old Stark Tech when I went there.

CC is where I had all of mine done. Who is your surgeon? I had Victor Fazio -- oh how I love that man for saving my life. One of the hospitals in Canton misdiagnosed me. GI drs in Canton misdiagnosed and then pretty much told me my pain was all in my head (!!!!) Fazio read the same xrays that the Canton hospital took and GI's read, and Fazio knew right from those same pictures that I was obstructed and immediately needed an NG tube before I perforated. Sorry --- I'm on a soapbox. Stick with CC - they are absolutely the best IMO !!!!

Thank you so much for your post. And keep postin'!!! Chime in, say hello, and join in on the chats on Tuesday evenings! Or if you want to try to chat at another time, post a topic on the forum and you never know who might show up.

Do you work? How have you been feeling since your end ileo was done a little over a month ago? Any problems?

See ya soon!
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/18/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   

WOW!  What a small world it is...most people from ohio don't know where my town is!!

I was lucky to have been diagnosed in CT within a few days of being admitted to the was April Fools Day, too.  I think misdiagnosis are more common.  My surgeon at CC was Dr. Strong until this last one.  He went on to the new CC facility in Abu Dhabi last year as the Chief of Staff.  He had gotten me through all the difficult times and like you said, "saved my life", in my opinion.  Dr. Dietz did my last surgery and I am just as happy.  It is hard to put your life in someone's hands, but I have to say, I have been extremely happy with my care at CC.

It is so funny that you went to Stark State, too!!  I currently attend (although I took this semester off for surgery).  You wouldn't recognize it...they are building again and it has changed so much since I've been attending.

I am finally getting some strength back.  I really thought I'd be doing better than this by now, but everyone tells me that for the surgery I had, I am doing better than average.  I am also lucky to work for my husband from home.  I sit in my chair (with the laptop) and can do everything I need to.  I wasn't as lucky with past surgeries, so I thank him for hiring me!!

Happy Birthday!!!  What a day to must feel like it is all for you!

I will try to make the chats, they sound fun.


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