If you have followed our blog and story for any length of time you know that while we may throw in the occasional personal photo or piece of info, we generally keep things fairly house/project oriented. And since you probably follow along because you find our house/project interesting, this seems fair. If you could hang with me for a few minutes, I’ll fill you in on something far more personal..a little too personal.
I have mentioned before that I have Crohn’s Disease. While both Trent and I try not to dwell on this publicly, privately it impacts almost every decision we make. For over the past decade, I have not been able to get my Crohn’s into remission. This has meant hundreds of different drugs, so many clinical trials that I’ve lost count, several week-long hospital stays and hundreds (maybe thousands…we’ve lost count) of doctor appointments.
I could give you the massive list of things that we have missed out on because of this, but I would rather tell you about the things we have done in spite of it. This is not a poor-me post…this is a victorious post.
Trent and I have been blessed to have many opportunities and experiences in the past decade…in spite of my disease. We have done numerous house projects. We have traveled to some pretty amazing places. We have worked hard at our incredible jobs. We have purchased and continue to run a small company. We have stayed involved at our church. We have had some crazy, fun experiences with lots of friends. However, one of the things I am most proud of is running the Chicago Marathon multiple times. While Trent hasn’t physically run the 26.2 miles with me, he has supported me through the months of training and cheered me on to the finish every single time.
This November I have the unbelievable privilege of running the New York City Marathon. More importantly, I have the privilege of running it to raise money and awareness for Crohn’s Disease. There are so many people living with this disease who are not capable of running a marathon. I will run for them. There are so many people who cannot get the answers they need to help calm this disease (there is no cure). I will run for them. There are so many people that have supported me during the past decade. I will run for them. There are doctors and researchers working tirelessly to find a better answer or cure. I will run for them. There are doctors and nurses that have cared for me over and over when I am at my absolute worst. I will run for them.
I will be running for the CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) this November. I’m asking all of our readers and followers to consider a small donation to this cause. Could you give $5, $10 or even $20? It will make a difference. I am responsible for all the fees associated with this race (and the travel cost) to guarantee that your donation goes straight to the CCFA.
Here is the link to donate directly. Please consider donating and know that on November 5th, I will be thinking of all the support I have received. (It’s 26.2 miles, so I have plenty of time to think about this!) Please consider sharing this post to others. I’m often amazed that it seems almost everyone knows someone affected by this disease.
**If you happen to wonder if I am any good at running, I should clarify that I do this as a hobby. I’m pretty slow in the marathon world…but I don’t let it bother me! My goal is always to do my best and finish with a smile.**
And you because you have read this far, here are some photos of the house! Things will be changing huge in the next 2-4 weeks and I wanted to make certain to document this phase before it is completely over. As always, thank you for following along.