as told in her own words
Update- August 2012- The Crohns is
out of remission, surgery is imminent. The pain is unbearable
most days. Thanks again for all the support. All the cards/
gifts/ thoughts and prayers are very appreciated. I read and
keep everything sent. Hope to be well enough so I can send
cards and gifts one day.
My name is Elizabeth and I am 44 years old. I have Crohn's
Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and
Fibromyalgia--however recently diagnosed with 4 cysts that range
from a lemon to a grapefruit.
I live in Florida beside my restaurant (BBQ) that I took over
8 years ago. My grandfather started the business in 1948. I have
been married to a wonderful man named, Michael for 17 years, who
has supported me through everything. He really does love me, I
know this now. We have no children, I have miscarried many times
due to bad health.
My niece Morgan is the light of my life, she is 5 going on
20, lol. When she smiles at me, all of my pain seems to fade
away for that moment. She means more to me than life its self,
so I cherish every moment I get to spend with her. I pray that
she is never diagnosed with Crohn's. It is hereditary and her
father has it also. He is in remission right now and has had
one surgery. I also asked God to let me bear anything, so my
brother would never suffer like I have had to.
I have several cats. My favorite colors are: hunter green,
mint green, burgundy, turquoise, pastel pink and yellow. My
favorite scents are: floral, cinnamon, vanilla, and the smell of
fresh baked sugar cookies and of course my bbq (when ribs,
chicken, or turkey are in the smoker). When I am feeling good: I
love to write, read, make cards, scrapbook, rubber stamp, and
paint ceramics. I also try to spend as much time as I can at my
Thanks in advance for reading my story and all of your
thoughts and prayers. The last time I was really sick--those of
you who sent cards and gifts, you'll never know how I
appreciated it. It gave me so much hope, not to mention
cheering me up--especially when having more bad days than good.
I want to spend this Christmas with my family and
make it the best one ever, then schedule surgery for early
January. Please pray for me, as I am scared to death.