I’m back, I’m better, and I’m running again!
My name is Chayla Fisher and I am about to embark on a fantastic journey, and I need your help! I will complete the 2012 Las Vegas Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon on December 2, 2012 to help find a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I am not only a runner for this race; I am also the honoree for the East Bay Chapter.
What are Crohn's and Colitis?
Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract and effects people of all ages, but is most commonly found in people from ages 15-35. Ulcerative colitis on the other hand, affects only the colon. Collectively known as IBD, both diseases are painful, seldom-discussed lifelong conditions. It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million Americans have IBD, however many more suffer in silence due to potential embarrassment and alienation.
Part of being an honoree means that I will share my story with many, and that I will support other participants all the way to the finish line. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was only 10 months old. It took months for the doctors to figure out what was wrong with me since they had never seen symptoms like mine in a child so young.
I was misdiagnosed multiple times until finally, Dr. Durant of Kaiser asked if my family had any history of IBD. My mom, grandma, and great grandpa have all suffered from Ulcerative Colitis. So the disease was transmitted through my genes.
Being one of the youngest patients ever diagnosed with U.C. the doctors didn’t know what to do with me. So they put me on this medicine called prednisone (a steroid used most commonly for lupus and leukemia). This harsh drug could have long term effects, so my blood must be taken every few months to check that everything is okay. I’ve had more colonoscopies than and 80 year old and been hospitalized many other times.
Until a few months ago, I didn’t know that there were tons of other people going through what I was. I felt like an alien, like I was alone. A recent flare sent my family searching for answers for what we could do next. A conference about IBD is where I found out about Team Challenge. I signed up that day and started training for the Kona 2012 half-marathon 4 days later. I finished my first half marathon with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes. I am so proud of what I have done but can’t wait to do more for the CCFA.
I am so excited to be running again!
As a member of Team Challenge, I have a coach, a training program, and teammates to support me. I have committed to a training schedule that ensures I will run or walk my way to success, and I’ve pledged to raise $2,240 in donations to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
I AM GOING TO ROCK THE STRIP!!!
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is committed to improving the lives of children and adults with these diseases, and so am I! Please help support this important cause by giving generously.
CCFA is a nationally top-ranked charity (one of only 6 in the country to receive an "A" rating), and a minimum of 82 cents per dollar raised goes directly to research and patient support, and your contribution is tax deductible.
I hope you will support me and my cause with any amount of a donation. If you donate $100 or more, I will dedicate a mile to you! Please also check if your company does matching gifts. That would help a bunch! Watch for updates on my training and fundraising. Thank you!
"Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself."
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