Please allow us to introduce Megan, aka @moogpoos!
“I have been living with Crohn’s Disease since I was 3 years old. Unfortunately, it took 4 very long years to get a diagnosis. I had every symptom in the book; I dealt with rectal bleeding, painful bowel movements, mouth ulcers, nausea/vomiting, no appetite, fevers, and more.
Thankfully, at the age of 7 we had a name for the culprit and could start appropriately treating me.
When I was 8 years old, I was started on Remicade infusions, which I am still on now. My severe Crohn’s Disease and perianal disease ultimately led me towards surgery.
When I was 9 years old, I had a total proctocolectomy. I have a permanent ileostomy, and it saved my life. It gave me a better way to live day to day.
A few years later, at age 13, I developed an internal fistula and abscess. This required abscess drainage and TPN through a central line to get me healthy enough for surgery.
I then had a new stoma formed on the opposite side of my belly.
All of my surgeries had issues and complications afterwards, which I can share that with you all another time, if you’d like. I have many stories, as do my parents.
There have been many ups and downs throughout the years, especially as I also have other health conditions on top of my inflammatory bowel disease.
I share my story with others to help them with their journey and for them not to feel so alone. It is world-changing when you meet someone else that is similar to you.
I’m very passionate about the advocacy and volunteer work that I do. It is my purpose to help others like me.”