Crohn’s warrior, Caitie Connor suffers from Crohn’s Disease. Caitie has added her face and story to Faces & Stories of Chronic Illness. I am so grateful that Caitie has shared this, as each story told raises awareness and helps fellow sufferers.
You can connect with Caitie by following her on Instagram.
Hi everyone! I’m Caitie from Canada.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 17 years old, on the 18th of January 2018. I had been having symptoms since I was 15-16 years old. I was experiencing lots of pain. It took a while to get diagnosed as doctors didn’t know what was wrong.
There is no reason why I got Crohn’s. It doesn’t run in my family. Crohn’s has changed my life. I can no longer work and spend most of my time at home. I get Inflectra infusions every 4 weeks to help control my symptoms.
When I was first diagnosed, I was really depressed. I was in a dark place. I was able to get myself out of that dark place with the help of my family.
I have learned some tips during the past three years.
- Heating pads are great. Any time I’m in a lot of pain I use my heating pad.
- I also take baths.
- I rest as much as I need to.
- I take Tylenol 3 but not all the time as I don’t want to become reliant on it.
I can’t work but I do tidy the house as much as possible and take care of my five pets. Crohn’s disease is a very different and painful disease. I won’t let it defeat me, but I understand that I can’t push myself too hard.
My advice to any newly diagnosed patients would be to find a community. Whether it’s online or in your city or town. You can learn a lot from others. Also know that everyone is different. You can have the same disease but not the same symptoms or treatment.
Stay strong and raise awareness.