Thanksgiving of 2014 was terrifying. Our youngest granddaughter, Nikki, was exhausted and seemed like she had a bad virus, by Christmas she could barely get off the couch. Food was scary for her, it caused so much pain in her belly. She was taken to doctors and on occasion emergency rooms. As we watched her condition deteriorate and doctors ran test after test all we could do was hope. Hope it would just pass or that help was right around the corner. Truly terrifying. Especially for our kids.
Come January, I could not believe how thin and weak this usually vivacious, active, athletic 8 (yes, only 8) year old had become. You could see all her little ribs. Nik now had a Gastroenterologist, Dr Peterson, and he scheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy. After the tests he showed all of us how her large intestine was riddled with ulcers. She was diagnosed with Crohns disease. I didn’t even understand what that was at the time but it was clear our daughter, Cyndi, did.
Dr Peterson placed Nikki in the hospital that day. Our family made sure someone was in the room with her 24/7, usually right in the bed with her snuggling. Recovery has been a long road. Nik says it was about 6 months before she started feeling good again. Every 6 weeks she checks into the hospital for several hours to get an infusion. Thankfully it works. But what we really need is a cure.
I believe a cure is on the horizon and thanks to all our LoCaL Hometown Heroes for the support you always give us as we fight! Our Team Uni-Crohns will once walk to raise funds and awareness for digestive diseases led by our hero Nik! You have raised over $700 at this writing!! Thank you!!!! xoxox
We hope you will all continue to fight with us!
Here is our Team Uni-Crohns link if you'd like to join, share or donate!