BY Kim Quindlen
You are not Crohn’s Disease. You are not an illness or a statistic. You are not a success story or a sob story. You are not a weakness or an embarrassment or a disability. You are not a joke. You are not a body that sits in a hospital room, waiting for a doctor to come in, to look you over without really seeing you, to assign one more medication to you.
You are a person. You are a person who has a chronic illness. You, yourself, are not an illness.
It can be hard not to become the disease, especially when you’ve spent countless hours having to explain to friends and coworkers and bosses and significant others why you can’t come in to work today or why you can’t go out tonight or why you can’t make it to their birthday celebration.