Hello my name is Kell Dahl and I joined on here to be able to talk with other people about this horrendous disease. I was officially diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2008 after being rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. 5 hours later I find not only do I have this disease but that I had lost a foot of colon and was about 15 minutes away from death. Before then I always wondered why I had chronic diarrhea and seem to be stomach sick all the time. As with most things from that point I knew what I needed to know about how I was feeling but was hard to deal with. I ended up in the hospital again a few years later because the cramps were so bad I couldn't eat without generating a cramp that was so intense it would make me cry. I put it off for about a month hoping that it would subside in the next day or so but didn't. It wasn't till my fianc said that I looked like I was dying due to malnutrition and the cramps were still there. So I spend another 7 days in the hospital while they pump as much vitamins and whatnot to try to nurse me back to health. They did a colonoscopy on me the first morning after admission and no biggie save for that the scope tore open some of the sores that were due to the sever flare up. I spent the next 6 days trying to cope with low blood levels due to the consistent rectal bleeding I was going through. They sent me away with still dangerously low blood levels but ok enough to recover which I didn't. A week later I had to go back cause my blood count was severely low again. Spent another week in the hospital to try to get the bleeding to stop finally with some success. Had a couple of other short term (3 days or so) hospital visits due to severe pain which scares me after the 2008 incident. All it ended up being was my intestines completely shutting off and not moving anything through. Only lasted about 2 days. That kind of flare happened a couple more times but knowing what I needed to do I was able to avoid the hospital. On top of all that I have type 2 diabetes with painful neuropathy in my hands and feet. The only thing that helps me get through the night is the fact that I live in Washington and thanks to the new law I can legally smoke marijuana which is really awesome for both diabetes and Chron's. Anyway this is me and I'm excited to talk with people of similar situations. Thanks for taking the time to read my bs.