Welcome to ‘It Could Be Worse’

Welcome to ‘It Could Be Worse’
Hello to all reading this. My name is Mary Horsley and I battle with Crohn’s Disease. I am a United States Navy veteran, a communications and journalism student, licensed cosmetologist, fur mom, and wife to my lucky husband, Philip. I write about my Crohn’s Disease experiences, as well as my fight with migraines, infertility in my marriage, some carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and my other mental health struggles, to name a few things. Discussing my own diagnoses and opinions has quickly become a major aspect of my life, and I look forward to writing and learning more about IBD as I share my personal journey as a Crohn’s patient receiving care from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. Before my issues really began, I never had problems with my body. I was healthy — or so I thought. All of a sudden, I started to suffer from stomach issues, like bleeding and urgency, and now this has led to almost three years of recurring problems, my multiple diagnoses, and loads of fun tests and medications. Further, I often deal with body aches and insomnia, along with some dermatology and neurology complaints. I can assure you my life is no longer boring. From doctors' appointments to abdominal scans, differential diagnoses to new treatments and chaotic side effects, chronic illness has taken over my everyday life. I have memorized the gist of the past three years as a list: Five ER visits, three colonoscopies, two endoscopies, two pill-camera endoscopies, two butt-hole surgeries: one perianal abscess with a fissure that led to one fistulotomy, one double-balloon endoscopy, and a Meckel's scan. All mixed with numerous physicians, hospital locations, and, countless needle pokes and hospital bracelets. The positive in all
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