“I am in remission, but in my mind this disease (Crohn’s) is still very new and what we need to find out is what happens in a person’s body when you get this disease… is it hereditary?… the money for research is so important.”
Samantha started to get sick in her last year of university. She woke one night with a lot of stomach pain and ended up in the hospital. She was in and out of the hospital and eventually was referred to a specialist and from there they did a colonoscopy and a few other test and determined Samantha has Crohn’s disease.
In May 2010, Samantha got married and as she said, “Luckily I had a good week…got married no problem, but a couple weeks later the flare ups started to get worse.” In October that same year Samantha found herself in hospital again, this time with a perforated bowel. After one emergency surgery, five days later, the bowel perforated again. “I went in for second surgery. I was twenty-three at the time, a newlywed and when I woke up I had an ileostomy…it was pretty devastating at the time.”
A few months later Samantha found out she was expecting. Things went well and healthy “baby Kirkland” came into the world. They discovered scar tissue on Samantha’s bowel and since the surgery to remove it, she has been living ostomy-free and her Crohn’s has been in remission thanks to her medicine.
Samantha knows first hand how important research funding is to further advance both the treatment and understanding of Crohn’s and colitis.
“The medicine that is helping me is only six years old. Fifty years ago…twenty years ago, I might not have been here,” she says. “I am living proof that donating to HealthPartners works.”
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which are chronic digestive disorders of the small and large intestines. They are also referred to as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD. More than 200,000 Canadians of all ages suffer from these disorders.
HealthPartners proudly supports Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.