Hi! I’m Annie and I’m one of honorees for this season of Team Challenge. Although Ihave never participated in Team Challenge, my father has, and I have come to see whatit means to people who take part in Team Challenge and also those who are on thereceiving work of all that you do.
I was barely fourteen when I had my first colonoscopy, a day after I had met my doctor. Iwas diagnosed that same day of my colonoscopy. It was the summer before I went intoeighth grade when I started becoming symptomatic which included severe diarrhea andabdominal pain. I went to the doctor August 24th, 2010 and was in my first colonoscopyAugust 25th. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. My diagnosis has been changed toCrohn’s Disease.
Since then, I have had many lows, but also many highs. I have been hospitalized abouteight times and I have had five colonoscopies/endoscopies. I have had countless IVsand about four PICC lines. I have tried a multitude of medications; Prednisone,Remicade, Methotrexate, Apriso, etc. etc.
Prednisone, a highly despised drug by IBD patients, didn’t work for me. I was on a highdosage and it still wouldn’t work. So when it came time to switch from one severe medication routine to another, my only option was to go cold turkey on food. I went 36days on a clear liquid diet with the help of TPN via PICC line. To say that was a very hard time of my life is an understatement.
But I came out of that experience a stronger person. I know that if I can go that longwithout food because I was told to do something, I can do anything. In addition to thatnewfound strength, I signed myself up for Camp Oasis that year. I had an amazingexperience. I went back last year and had a truly life changing trip. To meet people whounderstand you without saying a word and motivate you to be a better version ofyourself in five short days is unexplainable. Because of these girls, I have finallybecome comfortable with telling people about who I am because Crohn’s Disease is ahuge part of my life but it is never going to be solely me. I am not a disease.
I am happy to say that I am going back to Camp Oasis this year as an LIT with my littlesister who has been recently diagnosed. We are beyond excited to relate to otherpeople who know exactly what it’s like to be trapped in the bathroom on a beautifulbeach day.
I am so excited to be a part of the Team Challenge New England Team and I lookforward to meeting you and cheering you on. Thank you for all that you do!
We are so lucky to have Timmy as our honoree here in New England. Over the past fewyears Timmy has become an inspiration for Team Challenge teams across the country.This year he is has the special opportunity to be the Honoree for the entire country!
Timmy was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2009 at the age of five. His diagnosiswas not an easy one - he started having random fevers, stomach aches, and joint painat the age of three. Sometimes his joint pain was so severe he count not run or play.Timmy's growth was also affected.
After a long road of hospital visits and tests, Timmy was diagnosed with Crohn'sdisease. In the three years since his diagnosis, he has been hospitalized multiple times,had two major surgeries (removing two feet of his intestines), and has tried countlessmedications. Timmy does his best to be like other eight-year-olds he love loves Legosand riding his bike when he can. But he and his family live with uncertainty every day,never knowing when there will be another trip to the hospital.
In spite of it all, they remain hopeful that his disease will come under control and therewill someday be cures. Timmy serves as a constant reminder for our team for why wewalk and run Team Challenge. For Timmy a cure cannot come fast enough.