Today is #WorldIBDDay2022🌎Day and I am a part of the millions of people who battle Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease on a daily basis.
Instagram sees a fun, vibrantly curated feed, but the reality is everyone in this life walks through something to be who they are called to be. I’ve fought an illness called Ulcerative Colitis since I was 17 years old. Being diagnosed a month before I graduated high school, my life completely changed. I had to learn how to navigate through life with an illness.
Over the years, God didn’t have me in a place where He wanted me to share the details about what I was battling. God wanted me to win victories in private. Little did I know, God was shaping a testimony within me that would bless others.
There are many times when I’ve written encouraging words and poured into people while I was in the hospital, getting chemo treatments, recuperating, in a flareup or even at my weakest physically. I’ve done ministry, I’ve prayed other people through their own situations, I’ve been a great therapist, and friend but most of all, I’ve learned that God continues to stay true to His word. You can’t always look at a person and know what they go through every day, so that’s why it’s important to always be kind.
I have a positive outlook on life and I believe God gives you everything you need in order to succeed in this life. You can’t allow naysayers or difficulties to cause you to give up. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me because I’m a warrior and the things I’ve been through in this life have made me stronger.
My thoughts and prayers are with many brave warriors who fight both public and silent battles. God has you in the palm of His hands!
If you or someone you know has IBD and you’d like to find out more information, a great resource to start with is the @crohnscolitisfoundation. We are all in this life together. Be kind. ❤️