This is so true
I am as young as I will ever be… Actually As Healthy As I Will Ever Be.
I have a chronic illness that will never go away, EVER!
I have MS, I have Crohn’s, I have Fibro, I have Diabetes, I have a Cancer,
I have Lupus, I have Chronic Pain and I have many, many more. (Speaking for friends too)
These things I talk about, all the time, HOW CAN I Not??? I SOOO Wish I Didn’t Have To!!! (Awareness)!
But do they make me??? I don’t think so!!! (I have a chronic illness, but it does not have me!!!)
So what if I have a chronic condition, I may faulter sometimes and ask for some help as well, this makes me human!
See I am not the super human I portray myself to be.
But I Am, I Am What I Choose and not what this disease says I am. I will not let chronic illness beat me or define me…
I am way tougher than me!!! Join me in the fight, spread the word about whatever illness you or someone know has received…
I am Josh Robinson, Son, Brother, Husband, Daddy, Friend and Coach!!! I hope to inspire a few, just a few, because all we can do is inspire,,, just a few!!!
1,400,000: Americans living with IBD
70,000: New cases of IBD diagnosed in the U.S. each year
50,000: Children in the U.S. diagnosed with IBD
1932: Year Dr. Burrill B. Crohn first described the disease that would become known as Crohn’s disease
70%: People with Crohn’s disease who will eventually require surgery
20%: People with ulcerative colitis who will also have a close relative with the disease
750,000: Annual physician visits by IBD patients
100,000: Hospitalizations every year of IBD patients
119,000: Patients on disability a year due to IBD
30%: Patients who have surgery for Crohn’s disease and will experience recurrence of their symptoms within three years (increases to 60% within 10 years)
90%: Ulcerative colitis patients who will have at least one relapse of active symptoms within 25 years of diagnosis
50%: Crohn’s disease patients who will experience complications within digestive tract (i.e. stricture) within 20 years of diagnosis
3,100,000: Approximate work-loss days per year in the U.S. due to IBD
$2,200,000,000: Annual direct / indirect cost of IBD in the U.S.
$8,265: Mean annual direct costs for Crohn’s disease per patient
$5,066: Mean annual direct costs for ulcerative colitis per patient
0: Cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis*
*I realize that some specialists will say that removing the colon is a cure for ulcerative colitis, but I don’t think any disease that often still manifests in other ways after an organ has been removed should be considered cured. Just my opinion.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: by the numbers IBD Awareness Week (stolencolon.com)
Middleville Baptist Church
My Friend Pastor Paul Boyles