Dana and her daughter with Crohn’s Disease

My daughter was just 58lbs and 12 years old when we got the diagnosis from the doctor.  Nicole had Crohn’s Disease.  I knew something was wrong but I had no idea it would be this.  I was devastated with the news.  All I could think about was how sick she was and wondering what the rest of her life would be like.  The doctor explained to me that Nicole would have to be on medication for the rest of her life because there was no cure for this disease. For the first year of her diagnosis things were difficult emotionally for her and the whole family  Our lives were changing, always worried about our little girl.  My daughter is now on Remicade infusions every two months to keep her disease in remission. She just started high school and loves it.  She’s making new friends and is even on the crew team.  She feels much better! Of course there are days that are bad for her but she can deal with it.  As for me, I am so much better.  All I want is for my little girl to be happy and healthy.  She is now 93 lbs and gaining. I still worry about what her life will be like in the future but she is strong and Crohn’s is just one thing that is part of her life.  She is determined that this disease will not define her.  She inspires me.


Dana’s daughter is treated at an ImproveCareNow center.

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