Aria was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in August of 2011, a week before starting Kindergarten. She was put on a maintenance medicine and went into remission for 9 months. In May of 2012, her UC came back and she was hospitalized for a week and started on a multitude of medicines over the next year. She remained in a constant flare until August 7, 2013. This is the day that has forever changed our lives. Aria had a proctocolectomy (removal of her colon and rectum) with a J-pouch made. She had an ileostomy bag for 2 months until her J-pouch (internal, makeshift colon) healed. On October 2, 2013, she was connected to her bottom again and came home 3 days later from the hospital. Although this was the hardest decision we have had to make as parents, the result has been amazing!
Aria is now HEALTHY, happy and GROWING!!! We spend many days contacting other families and children who are going through our same situation and offer support. We have made many amazing friends through this process, but it is well worth it to see the kids playing together knowing that the other understands what they have gone through. We are thankful for our amazing support group of family, friends and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America who have helped us along this journey and now we want to help you along your journey!! We will be rooting for you the whole way! Go Team Challenge!!