I often wonder how long I’ve had this disease. I was diagnosed in 2010, but there’s no doubt I had it for some time before that.
A few months before? Definitely. I spent 6 months prior to diagnosis training for my first marathon through which the symptoms increased in intensity. By the time the marathon neared I was ending every run literally soaked in blood.
Years before? Most likely. Back in my mid 20s I remember sitting with my head in my hands, in tears after Googling potential outcomes because I’d noticed some light bleeding that just wasn’t going away. A trip to the doctor settled that as a little ‘cut’ from ‘rough food’, but now I know better.
A decade before? Yeah, probably. I spent my University years suffering from varying degrees of stomach pain and fatigue. I’m fairly sure that was the start of it all…
Hindsight can be quite chilling – thinking back through the symptoms I experienced, watching them get worse and worse…and then finally, the diagnosis. Almost feels surreal!
Anyone else feel this way?