“I was in a lot of pain and stomach discomfort. I had surgery when I was 12 and was in remission up until my junior year of high school. I have what’s called Crohn’s Disease.
It’s an autoimmune disease, so basically my immune system is attacking my colon. Then the inflammation, pain, and nausea started coming back. By the time 2016 came around, I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I had to leave school to get surgery. Turns out I had four blockages and they were about two inches apart from each other.
I’m just so thankful to God. I’ve had no pain since; it’s under control right now. This has been such an incredibly difficult journey. Being in school and having moderate to severe Crohn’s, it’s a blessing I’m even here.
I was contemplating even going to college. I was worried about taking semesters off and what could I do with my life. But it really built a toughness in me to push myself. There were some days I didn’t even want to get out of bed because I couldn’t.
These guys, you know, I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t in MSA. What I learned from MSA is that people can help each other through anything. They have my back, and they’re a big part of the reason I stayed in college.”