Today is my anniversary. Eleven years ago today I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I used to mark the day as one of the worst days of my life. After two years of illness, I finally had a diagnosis, a disease that couldn’t be cured.
Now I mark the day as a triumph.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve changed in ways I never would have thought possible. I think I am more sympathetic to the suffering of other people. I also realize my limitations.
Eleven years ago today, I thought my life was over. I thought I wouldn’t be able to work or live a normal life.
Today, I see that there is life after a Crohn’s diagnosis.
My greatest achievement since my diagnosis is my writing. I am just about ready to publish my fourth novel, and I wonder sometimes if my struggle with Crohn’s was one of the things that helped motivate me to start that first novel. I was rudely reminded of my own mortality.
Life is short.
Don’t put off that dream of yours.