My mom will be posting once a week throughout February, so enjoy this post written by Karen Brocker as she writes what it is like to be the mother of a daughter with a not so normal life.

Crohns is a mean disease. It is often unpredictable and can strike quickly in its many manifestations.  We have lived with it long enough that I’ve come to recognize my “I’ve taken a hit” syndrome.  It usually occurs when Sarah’s body expresses  a new kind of pain or condition for her to endure.  It HITS out of the blue and then I am knocked down for the count. Like when she started getting migraines and I thought “Really?  She already has severe nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and a fast heart rate…. And NOW we are adding migraines!?

We eventually added a neurologist to her list of doctors and new meds to treat her headaches.  But I had been hit- and was hurting emotionally.  I usually go thru a gambit of emotions including anger, depression and denial.  I cry.  I pray.  I talk with friends.  I eat chocolate.  And sometimes I just go to bed.  Eventually, I get back up again, having finally made mental space for the new reality of her illness and what she has to deal with in her not so normal life.


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