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Struggling With Crohn's Disease

$500 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 45 months
Tim Buisman  ROCHESTER, NY
I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009, it started out with the occasional flare up. Sometimes got bad enough that I had to take a lot of time from work off and even to the point of taking a whole semester off from college. I was put on medication that was working well for years and last year I was finally able to graduate with a degree in Photography. This is my greatest passion in life and is what I have been working toward for many years. This is my American dream: to be a professional photographer.
At the beginning of this year things got really bad, I began to have to worst flare up I had ever experienced. My doctor put me on stronger medication but after a few weeks nothing had changed, in fact I was getting worse. I ended up having to go to the ER and was admitted to the hospital. After a week of tests and the inability to advance my diet (I had lost over 20lbs by the way, went from 145lbs to 120lbs in two months), it was determined I had a small bowel obstruction and surgery was required. When I came out of surgery I was told that it was even worse then they had expected because they had found a fissure that was previously unseen because the inflammation was so bad. So they also had to perform a temporary ileostomy so now I have the ostomy bag hanging from my gut and another procedure to reverse it in about eight weeks.
So after all this I have been unable to work for this entire year and I have a few more months where I will be unable to work. I have been being supported by my girlfriend whom I live with, we also have a three year old dog and five year old cat. She has been taking care of all of the bills and working as much as she can but it is getting too hard on her. I really am just aiming for help with rent and other small bills for the next few months when I am unable to work. My goal is $1000.00 and anything after that I will donate 10% to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. I thank you in advance and will do so many more times in the future for ANY help I receive.
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Update 8
Posted by Tim Buisman
43 months ago
#Crohns
Colonoscopy has been scheduled. One step closer to the ileostomy reversal! Plus it's my last week taking the steroid.
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Update 7
Posted by Tim Buisman
43 months ago
I'm home from the hospital and getting better. Seemed to be a minor obstruction and the doctors say they don't know exactly what happened. But I'm home. #Crohns #Roc
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Update 6
Posted by Tim Buisman
43 months ago
I'm back in the hospital with pain and vomiting. They think it may be a blockage or just some swelling and things got backed up. I had just gone back to work doing light duty work just a couple days a week. Now I've missed a few days, I'll be surprised if I still have a job at this point. They have been really understanding but I don't know haw far that goes.
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Update 5
Posted by Tim Buisman
44 months ago
It's been a full month since my surgery, I didn't think it would take this long to recover and I'm still not at 100% yet. This ileostomy bag is truly inconvenient.
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$500 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 45 months
Created March 27, 2013
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$500
Doug/Karin Joensen
44 months ago

Hoping this helps a bit!

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