Meet Samantha Darrach. She lives with Chron’s disease.
Samantha started to get sick in her last year of university. She woke up one night with a lot of stomach pain and ended up in the hospital. She was in and out of the hospital and was eventually referred to a specialist. From there, they performed a colonoscopy along with a few other tests and diagnosed Samantha with Crohn’s disease.
In May 2010, Samantha got married. “Luckily, I had a good week. Got married no problem, but a couple weeks later, the flare-ups started to get worse.” In October that same year, Samantha found herself in the hospital again—this time with a perforated bowel. After one emergency surgery, five days later, the bowel perforated again. “I went in for a second surgery. I was twenty-three at the time—a newlywed—and when I woke up, I had an ileostomy. It was pretty devastating at the time.”
A few months later, Samantha found out she was expecting. Things went well and healthy “baby Kirkland” came into the world. They discovered scar tissue on Samantha’s bowel and since the surgery to remove it, she has been living ostomy-free and her Crohn’s has been in remission thanks to her medicine.
Samantha knows firsthand how important research funding is to further advance both the treatment and understanding of Crohn’s and colitis.
“The medicine that is helping me is only six years old. Fifty years ago, twenty years ago, I might not have been here,” she says. “I am living proof that donating to HealthPartners works.”
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