Hi there, my name is Vinnie Cabido (that’s me above) and I have Crohn’s disease (For more info on this disease, go to http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/). I was diagnosed at the age of 17 and have been living with this condition since then. Originally freaked out with the news of my new illness, I have learned to embrace it and make the best out of it. When I became more accustomed to the idea, I began reading a lot about Crohn’s, and one thing in specific stood out. Everywhere I read, people would say “Don’t this disease define who you are!” I decided not to follow that advice and experiment with Crohn’s.
I am not saying it’s been all pleasure since I was diagnosed. I just decided to have a positive attitude towards it and maybe connect with other people to learn more about it. My condition did change my life, but for the good. I did let Crohn’s take over my life, and it has made me who I am. While being exposed to amazing healthcare professionals, I decided I want to pursue a career in medicine and one day be able to help those in the same boat. Having this condition has also boosted up my spirituality and it has strengthened my relationship with God. I also have learned to be proud of my Crohn’s and be open about it. I am one of those people who loves to talk about their condition, medications, and bowel movements.
I have always been reading about the subject and others’ experiences with it. My doctors always tell me I should write about it and share it with others, so here it is. I hope to connect with other fellow Crohnie’s, those who know someone with it, or those who simply just want to learn more about it. Bringing awareness to the public about this condition is crucial for one day finding a cure for it.