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I'm Caitlin, I'm 23. First, and most importantly, I'm a single mother to the most wonderful little boy in the world. Jesse Shawn (or Jesse~Bean, as we call him) is the center of my world. He was born on March 22, 2007 (3 years old). That being said...

I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2000, when I was 13, after nearly 4 years of being told that all of my problems were "Social Anxiety." I've had many flare-up's over the years, constant problems with fistulas, abscesses and all that fun stuff, and the wonderful arthritis that so commonly afflicts us Crohn's sufferers. I've had to have surgery to have abscesses drained many times, but all of my problems were manageable, for the most part, until about a year and a half ago.

My Best Friend past away February 10, 2009...2 days later, I started to develop painful cramps and everything. At first, I thought it was psychosomatic, or that the stress had contributed to a flare up. It took months, but it was finally discovered that the pain I had been experiencing was my ileum rupturing. The rupture turned into a very large network of fistulas and abscesses that the doc's attempted to treat with drains, antibiotics and TPN. Unfortunately, all of that was unsuccessful, so, as of February 14, 2010, I have my wonderful friend, the ostomy bag.

I'm very new to the whole world of Ostomies. I had my ileostomy on February 14, 2010. Honestly, I feel like, until I'm able to really adjust to this and accept it, NO ONE will be able to accept me. I guess I'm just looking for someone who can relate...I'm just looking for acceptance, I suppose.
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