My name is Heidi, and I'm a typical suburban wife and mother. I've been married to my husband, Chris, since 2002. We have two sons, W (age 6) and S-Man (age 3). I juggle the same things any mom does, like cooking, laundry, bills, kid’s activities and schoolwork, finding my keys, running late, and giving lots of kisses and snuggles (to my family, not strangers). I also have a career, two fish, and a commute. Unfortunately, I also have something called Crohn's disease, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
After spending around 2 years (give or take) being mysteriously sick, I was finally diagnosed in 2005. You you can read my diagnosis story here:
Part I: Good Health
Part II: Wading Through the Symptoms
Part III: Surgery
Part IV: Recovery...and Acception
Thanks to Crohn's, in addition to the regular stuff, there’s also meds, doctor and lab appointments, biennial colonoscopies (one year I got to have 3), and trying to maintain a level of health that allows me to function well. There are days in which my disease saps me physically and mentally to the point that it’s all I can do to find the energy to get showered, dressed, and deliver everyone to the right place. But there are a lot of days in which I feel good (and some in which I feel great), and can’t wait to fit in as much as I possibly can. It's a tough balance to strike, and I have to be careful.
In this game called life, I sometimes hit it out of the park, and other days I go to bed wondering where the day went wrong. But there's always tomorrow, and that brings the chance for a fresh start. I'm just doing everything as well as I can.
Will I lean in to my career? Will I lean back into something more family-oriented? Or, will I just collapse into a chair with a glass of wine?
I don’t know. But this is my journey, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Thank you for reading my story.
I can be contacted via e-mail at: crohniemom [at] gmail [dot] com