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Crohn's Disease Journey Through the Eyes of a 7th Grader

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Crohn's Disease Journey Through the Eyes of a 7th Grader

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Dec 4, 2016
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9781365583568
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This is a recollection of stories and events that happened to me as I remember them. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was in the seventh grade. Currently I am forty six and have not had a surgery ever for this illness. I believe I was able to shift my paradigm to cope for stress which everyone says is the cause for Crohn’s. I guess that is like saying, “We don’t what causes it, so let’s put it into the “unknown bucket” and call it stress.” Nice. Anyways, here it goes…..
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Crohn's Disease Journey Through the Eyes of a 7th Grader - Eric William

Crohn's Disease Journey Through the Eyes of a 7th Grader

Crohn’s Disease

A journey through the eyes of a seventh grader

Quest to be normal

Eric William

9/26/2015

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

This is a recollection of stories and events that happened to me as I remember them. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was in the seventh grade. Currently I am forty six and have not had a surgery ever for this illness. I believe I was able to shift my paradigm to cope for stress which everyone says is the cause for Crohn’s. I guess that is like saying, We don’t what causes it, so let’s put it into the unknown bucket and call it stress. Nice. Anyways, here it goes…..

Thank you Dr. Mohammed Arbabi, for being my friend, coach, mentor and doctor. I needed that when I was twelve.

CHAPTER TWO: Growing Up

To me, I felt like I had a pretty good childhood. I was the middle child of three boys to a typical middle class family. For the most part, everything seemed normal to me, but then again, that is all I knew!

I was born in Saginaw, Michigan. The automotive industry ruled this town. Saginaw Steering Gear (General Motors) was the heart. Close by was a Ford, Chrysler, and multiple supplier plants. As the industry went, so did the economy. My dad was in the produce business. He didn’t make a ton of money, but I never felt like we were poor either. They did their best to get us what we needed. Like I said, it was normal.

Dad worked a lot. Being a small business owner will do that to you. He was able to provide for his family and put a couple of kids through school. What’s wrong with that? Nothing.

Mom was the professional chauffeur, cook, and pretty much ran the household. She was in charge and definitely wore the pants in the family. She had to. Dad was working seven days a week from early morning until about dinner time every day. When I say early morning, I mean getting up at 3:00 am, drive to Detroit (just under a two hour trip), buy produce, drive back, and then put it up for display. I am with you, screw that! I took a different path….go figure!

So anyways, my mom didn’t work until later in high school when we obviously were older and could be trusted. She cut the lawn and took care of the house/pool. She was also busy shuttling us back and forth to our activities all over town. How could she work? I am glad she didn’t because it gave us more options to do the things we liked growing up.

CHAPTER THREE: Brothers

Andy was the oldest. He was big into swimming. We had to go to all the swim meets. Sitting in the bleachers in a muggy pool building sucks. Trust me. Probably why I didn’t pursue the sport!

He was popular, seemed like he had a lot of friends. Girls, guys, didn’t matter; he was in the in crowd. Being a swimmer gave him that muscular look which all of the ladies like. He did decent in school; I just don’t think it was a priority for him. He was following in my Dad’s footsteps which was fine with me because I didn’t want anything to do with it! More on that later.

Max was the baby. Artsy dude with a little rebel in him. He was popular and had a bunch of friends too. Free spirit who wasn’t going to let a little authority influence his passion. That could be an art project or the need to get buzzed up at a party. Take your pick. He did.

My little brother played tennis, tried football and baseball but really excelled at art and snow skiing. Authority? What’s that? I just found out he gets stopped when he goes to Canada due to a BB gun incident when he was a kid! Fricking awesome! Mom would be proud. Funny how she never knew that until she read this! Oops! Sorry Max.

Who was the middle kid? That would be me. Man, I feel like a loser since my brothers were popular and in the cool kid clubs. I did like the fact that when I was a freshman in High School, Andy was a senior. Yup, no one messed with me. My brother was a big man on campus and all of his buddies knew me.

So yeah, middle child, somewhat of an introvert. Some people who know me now would argue that. I usually come up ENTP or ENTJ when I take the Myers Brigg test. The extrovert portion always outweighs the Introvert score but not by much. I guess I just float in and out of the type depending on the situation I am in.

I wasn’t unpopular; I felt I just flew under the radar as the middle child. I liked to get attention by my actions, not by my mouth. That is why I worked hard and practiced to get good at sports, school, whatever. I was always picked early in sport teams, because if I did something, I was good at it.

I had a couple of close friends in grade school and the same followed in high school with a different set of friends. I was probably just figuring how I fit in with the crowds, girls and such. I could float into the in crowd, talk to the burnouts, or just hang at different levels. Guess I

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