Lindsay and Stephanie and their son with Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn’s Disease

Jacob_two

Dear Family,

We wanted to share a little of our hearts with you, as we know you are going through such a tough time!  You see we have been right there in your shoes, wondering if we would ever get to go home from the hospital or what our life was going to be like if we did get to go home.  When Jacob was first diagnosed with U.C./ Crohn’s undetermined we did not realize it could ever get this bad.  We also did not know that we would end up living at the hospital for 2months, having blood transfusions and doctors trying everything medically they could think to do. Jacob was declared a medical failure and we had no choice, but to have surgery which led to another.  When Jacob was well enough to finally leave the hospital we ended up leaving with a illeostomy bag, a hickman, home health and a very sickly boy for months and months to come.  We made many E.R. visits those next several months for obstructions and complications,  but we are here to tell you the good news about Jacob now.  It was about 6-10months later that we were sent to a wonderful surgeon.  Because Jacob had slowly gained his health back, the Dr. would now entertain the thought of the reconnection of his intestines (the J-Pouch surgery).  We had been hoping and praying this would be the case since it was not an idea that was entertained just months before, because of the major complications Jacob had after his first colectomy surgery.  Our surgeon, Our gift!, performed  the two step surgery and it changed our son’s and our life forever.  Im not saying it happened with no complications, but it happened!  As Jacob has healed and had his ups and downs of dealing with all that goes along with this disease, we are here to tell you he is alive, healthy, energetic and a joy to have.

We always held strong to our faith through this process.  We also clung to the verse Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

We knew that through our tough Journey God had a plan for Jacob,  just like He has a plan for all of our precious children.

We are believing with you!

Lindsay and Stephanie

Lindsay and Stephanie’s son is treated at an ImproveCareNow center.

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