Dear Family and Friends,
Every hour of every day, one Canadian is newly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
My name is Mylah and I’m 8 years old. I like to dance, play piano, go to school and read books. I’m excited to be the Honorary Chair for the 2018 Kelowna Gutsy Walk.
I was 6 years old when I started getting really sick. I remember mostly not being very hungry, feeling really yucky and being very tired. I lost a lot of weight and a lot of my hair. I missed a lot of school in grade 1 because I was too sick to go. I was always going to the doctor until just after my 7th birthday when I was admitted to the Kelowna hospital. After a couple long stays I went to BC Children's hospital for another long stay.
I remember having to drink some really gross juice before I got some tests done. After my operation and my MRI we were told I had IBD; Crohn’s disease. I didn't know what that was. I had to have an NG tube for two months and couldn't eat or drink anything except apple juice and broth. I was pretty excited to be able to start eating again after that. I started feeling better pretty quickly and am really thankful for the doctors and the medicines that have helped me feel better.
Since my diagnosis I have learned about Crohn’s disease. I know that Crohn’s is a disease that makes your guts really mad. I know there are some foods I cannot eat because they make me feel yucky. I have to go to BC Children’s Hospital every 6 weeks for an IV medicine, but the nurses and doctors are really nice.
I am excited to go to the Gutsy Walk this year and walk with my family and friends. I want to help raise money for a cure and also help more people know about IBD. Please come walk with me and all the other people who have Crohn’s or colitis on June 3rd. Come be part of my team… #CrohnsCantStopHer.
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