“Today I will fight again. This disease will not own me or define me.”
These are the words I like to begin each day with, stating my intent out loud. Somehow it seems if I actually hear it, it’s easier to live it and believe it.
I have Crohn’s disease, for which there is no cure — a disease that requires a daily personal battle with things most of us prefer not to discuss with others. And for those who must deal with it, one thing is certain. It’s horrible, it’s overwhelming, and it’s humiliating.
I could have written the same thing. But those words aren’t mine, they’re from CNN’s Debbi Wynn, who offers her Crohn’s disease manifesto online today. Her story is poignant, but she’s not alone. We are not alone.
Remember when we had to suffer in silence?