Gutsy Walk 2018 - Gutsy Walk 2018

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Date:
Registration: 8:00 AM
Warm Up: 9:15 AM
Start: 9:30 AM
Walk Distance: 2,5K & 10K
Dogs are permitted on leash

ABOUT GUTSY WALK

Cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are steps away.

Join us on Sunday, June 3 at our 23rd annual Gutsy Walk to walk, jog or run with us towards a future free from Crohn’s and colitis.

Registered Gutsy Walk participants will have the opportunity to:

• Receive a Gutsy Walk T-shirt by raising $100 or more
• Join our Top Pledge Earner Club by raising $1,000 or more

Have questions? For more information, please contact us:
gutsywalk_AB_South@crohnsandcolitis.ca
1-888-884-2232

LOCAL HONORARY CHAIR

Lisa Hewitt, 2018 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair




Life with Crohn’s Disease

My journey with Crohn’s disease started in the spring of 1992. I was 22 years old, a University student and preparing for my wedding later that summer. It started with an ache in my right side and It elevated from there. It took months of doctor visits, tests and hospital stays to finally be diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

My first thought… “What is Crohn’s disease? I have never heard of it.” Second thought… “How did I get it”. Even before these questions were discussed, I knew that my life was about to change.

The first few months were horrific. I was terribly ill. I couldn’t eat anything outside of soda crackers and I was losing weight on a pace of approximately 10 pounds a week. I was prescribed a miracle drug at the time but one in which every Crohn’s patient learned to hate. My University grad photos were taken about 3 months into my prescription. I don’t think I have to say any more about that.

6 months after my diagnosis, I was scheduled for a bowel resection, in which I had a foot and a half of my small intestine removed. This surgery took place approximately 2 weeks prior to my University Convocation. It was a slow recovery but the prognosis wasn’t good. Within 6 months, I was having another flare up and back on the same drug.

It has been 25 years since my initial diagnosis. I have 2 beautiful boys, an amazing husband, whom I am very grateful for as without them, the struggle would have been so much more. I remember one flare up that I would go to bed with my small child as I could not stay up any longer and my husband would spend that time cleaning the house and doing the laundry. He is definitely a keeper.

Crohn’s disease is a major presence in my life but I refuse to let it dictate it! Each Day continues to be a challenge. I have come to realize that one day I can tolerate the pain and a smile can hide It but other days not so much. I am still learning about this disease and its side effects and That knowledge helps Me cope.