Carrie is the last of my Crohnnie profiles before the big race this weekend. Carrie is a married busy mom of 2 boys (4 and 7) and was diagnosed in December of 2016. She has stayed away from surgery thus far.
Carrie’s go-to drugs right now to keep things in check is Stelara and Uceris which seems to be doing the trick as she has been in remission for about 9 months. Even though she is in ‘remission,’ she does experience bloating and can’t do dairy. She misses her ice cream.
Carrie loves to run and will get 3-7 miles in before her day gets started with an Iron Infussion (she’s anemic as well) all before she gets to the Pediatric office for a long day at work. Accepting that doctors get sick too has been a difficult challenge for her over the years. Through all of this, she has stayed strong, like most of us, as we never want our kids to see us as strong people and not sick.
Not only is Carrie a Crohn’s fighter, but she is also a Primary Sclerosing Cholagitis fighter as well. She sometimes worries how long it might be before she becomes symptomatic and her world is rocked by a liver transplant. She can control the GI and joint symptoms with good Crohn’s therapy, but no one knows about the PSC. She manages the Crohn’s joint pain by running. Moving has been a blessing for her and it took “doctor’s orders” to get her to do it.
Carrie doesn’t let Crohn’s hold her back in life because she is a fighter. It is people like Carrie that I will run 26.2 miles this weekend for.
Want to help find a cure? Please help me get to my new goal of $5,000 and support me and my ‘crohnnies’ help find a cure and run this marathon together.