My name is Lordis, I am a 16 year old senior in High School and I have Crohn’s disease. I work at TJ Maxx part time, as well as with children at my local community center. A lot of people don’t know that I like to paint and make bracelets.

One of the biggest obstacles I’m facing is changing my diet. It affects my whole family because we all have to eat the same things now. I also have to make sacrifices and reschedule some of the things I like to do so I can get to my treatments. 

My family has been my greatest support system. My mom has had to change her schedule so she can be with me during my treatments. I also learned that I am stronger than what I thought I was.

Experience is the best teacher. Having people to connect with that have been where I am, experienced and shared my feelings is truly priceless. Being diagnosed with a disease could be discouraging, but once you realize you’re not on this journey alone and that there are people who “get it” makes it a lot easier.

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