Jun 20, 2022
Ana tells her story of childhood disease of Crohn’s and how she is dealing with the challenges it brings.
If you’ve been following my journey with my son Rhett Swanson, then you know I am bringing awareness to IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerated Colitis, Colon Cancer, Ileostomy bags, and childhood disease. Today you will hear about Ana’s story of survival and how she got through it all.
Ana is 28 years old and started to get sick at 14, but not officially diagnosed until 15. She graduated from high school even though she was sick in 2012 and went to college for nursing.
She joined the BCM at her first college and went through a lot of sickness in school. Eventually she had to move back closer to home and went to Ga State University at Perimeter college. She got a degree finally in 2018. Still all while going through illness physically, mentally and emotionally. She sadly never made it to nursing school, but she was able to go on many mission trips.
Ana is still going through so much with Crohn’s disease including having to have a month long stay in January 2022. That was the longest hospital stay that ended in two surgeries. One ended in one of her worse nightmares of having to get a temporary Ostomy bag. Things were really rough for a while, but slowly got better! Due to Covid and not being able to work she decided to open her own business of painting! Then this May 2022, she published her first book!
Her powerful story of trials and triumphs is still going and she is getting stronger each day.
She stands upon Phil. 4:13 I can do ALL THINGS through Jesus Christ who gives me strength.
You are going to be so inspired by her story.