Crohn’s Disease Patient Searches for the Silver Linings

Crohn’s Disease Patient Searches for the Silver Linings
Hello all! My name is Lisa Burks. I am 32 years old, and I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease a little over two years ago. I am an accountant, event coordinator, shopper and baker, or otherwise known as the best housewife! My husband Wes and I have been married for nine wonderful years and going strong. We don’t have any children, but are the proud fur parents to the cutest black Labrador named Lucy. In my spare time I enjoy quilting, reading, listening to music and spending time with loved ones. Before developing Crohn’s disease, I struggled with a number of other health aliments. Although I had health issues as a child, it wasn’t until I was 20 that my health started declining. Over the past 12 years I’ve been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals, endured dozens of procedures and undergone 22 surgeries. My doctors were puzzled. At one point I remember asking my doctors to stop all the testing because it was like opening Pandora’s box. It seemed as though the more tests they did, the more conditions I collected. At this point I live with asthma; a rare immune deficiency disorder called hypogammaglobulinemia (or CVID); seizures; migraines; renal tubular acidosis; GERD; avascular necrosis; diabetes; peripheral neuropathy; and Crohn's disease. The road to my diagnosis of Crohn's wasn’t a slow or a drawn-out process like it is for many others. I’ve had mild GI issues since childhood, but never anything significant or worrisome. That all changed in August of 2014 when I developed toxic megacolon, a rare and deadly condition where the colon rapidly dilates and ultimately shuts down. When this happens toxicity spreads, allowing infection to set in, leading to sepsis and shock. As the condition progresses, vital organs begin to fail. T
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