Team Portland Honoree - Blair
My name is Blair Hurt and I am thankful to be Portland’s Team Challenge honoree! Last year I ran the Vegas ½ with Team Challenge and loved every moment. About three years ago I as diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I lived with moderate symptoms until March of this year when a severe flare started. After several days of unbearable pain and running to the restroom every 30 minutes I knew I needed help. I was rushed to the ER and admitted to the hospital. I was very anemic, extremely dehydrated, malnourished from the flare, and in the most intense pain I had ever felt. I never thought this would happen to me and I felt scared.
Over the course of 3 weeks I was put on five different medications and IV infusion drugs to try & stop the flare. I was admitted and discharged from the hospital three separate times. But, nothing worked. It became clear that surgery would be the only thing to save my life. I had the surgery at the beginning of May to remove my colon. Due to being so sick before the surgery my body did not recover well. I endured three infections, a blockage, a blood clot, pain, and was fed through an IV since I could not eat. I was there for 40 days and discharged nine days before my 30th birthday.
After leaving the hospital I spent many moments crying as I tried to get used to my new body and move on from such a traumatic experience. Since I lost my colon I now have a colostomy bag which I just call a “poop bag”. I decided while I was recovering That this was not going to ruin any more of my life. Staying positive and having a sense of humor is the only option.
Now, I am back to work and enjoying the summer. I am excited to be able to cheer on this years Vegas team. With your help Team Challenge can make an impact on our fight to find a cure for this terrible disease. It helps me to stay positive knowing we are all working together so that people do not have to suffer through this disease