As I’ve said before, having a chronic, incurable disease can really change a person. For worse or for better, that is the very true reality of what I have experienced through living with my Crohn’s disease.
It is easy to write about the horror stories that accompany this disease, and even easier to let those memories dominate my opinion on what the illness has done to my life.
Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is if I would take the opportunity to give back or undo what my disease has done to shape my life and my personality.
The short answer is no.
For all the opportunities lost, pain felt, and tears shed, I have evolved from my experiences in life-changing ways. With every flare-up, hospital stay, and health setback, I become more resilient, mature, and self-reflective. I would not trade those traits for anything, not even the chance to live…