Last December, 30,000 people crossed the finish line of the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Of those, 1,400 were Team Challenge participants, and one of those was me.
It started when I was 23 and graduated from the University of Arizona. I was the epitome of health. Then, in an instant, my life completely changed.
To save you from the gruesome details, I bled a lot. I will forever remember the night my mom took me to the ER, and I screamed at her to pull over the car. We were minutes from the hospital, but I couldn’t make it. I opened the door, and everything went black…
I woke up in a hospital bed and was told that I had ulcerative colitis after my first of soon-to-be-many colonoscopies. I had no idea what that meant. I would not accept that I was sick. Two years later, three extended stays at the hospital, and a dissipating mind and body made me realize that it was time for a change. I was sick! I could either spend the rest of my life in and out of hospitals or alter my outlook on life. I chose the latter.
I have made it a mission to never let me illness stand in my way. I joined Team Challenge, the endurance program for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), to fundraise for the foundation and train for the marathon.
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It’s Time to Escape the Stall