What Crohnology did for me.

I came onto this site hoping for some answers and possibly some miracle cure that the doctors didn't know about.

Unsurprisingly I did not get what I was hoping for, instead I found something just as amazing, my own little miracle. I found like minded people that could understand, at least to some extent, what I was going through. I found an amazing community of supportive people that wish to help others through this disease.

I cam onto this site during a flare up, My joints were bad (hyper-mobility) due to a recent sublaxation, I couldn't eat meals without fear of bringing it back up and my mood had hit an all time low. My manager at work turned round to me and told me to take some time off work before I ended up like her, she tried to commit suicide 3 times in the space of a month.

I took her advice, I took some time off work, I came onto this site to see if I could find any new answers, see if anyone else was going through what I was, when I noticed that someone had posed the question "how do you rate your health on here". My answer was simple, "mine is based on both mental and physical health, I'm flaring at the moment and I'm suicidal, so it dropped to a 5 recently"

A man I have never met, who answered one of my questions and lives 44 miles away posted on my wall a few days later when my health had popped up to a 20 as I was having a good day, he said one sentence and that was "I'm glad to see you're at a 20". I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried. it was at that point I realised that I'm not alone in this and people genuinely care about you even when they have no idea who you are.

I don't know you, I may never meet you but those few words meant so much to me, I know I'm not alone, and it helps me to get by one day at a time . Thank you so so much.

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Zoe Rudling
Norwich, United Kingdom
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012