Bevin graduated Fordham University in 2009 and began working in New York City almost immediately. She began to have GI issues as a sophomore in college, but could never pinpoint a cause. By the fall of 2010, she began seeing a gastroenterologist at the behest of her general practitioner. Before the gastroenterologist could make a diagnosis, Bevin was hospitalized for a week with a bowel obstruction. On December 9, 2010, she received her Crohn’s diagnosis. The five months that followed were filled with three more hospitalizations, and a daily prescription regiment of 20 plus pills. Finally, her team of doctors at Mount Sinai in New York City decided it was time for surgery. On May 31, 2011, Bevin had an ileocolic resection, which removed the infected portion of her intestine.
Since surgery, Bevin has been in remission and feeling great! In June 2012, she participated in Team Challenge Cycle in Lake George and biked 50 miles while raising thousands of dollars for the CCFA. Being part of Team Challenge helped her meet people with Crohn’s and Colitis and finally feels at peace with her diagnosis. She continues to stay active and is thankful for the CCFA. Before Team Challenge, Bevin had hardly spent any time on a bike. Within three months, she met amazing friends and was able to bike 50 miles. The experience helped Bevin turn negatives into positives even with a chronic illness. Bevin cannot wait to meet a new group of people ready to help fight Crohn’s and Colitis! Go Team Challenge!