A woman with Crohn’s disease is working to raise awareness about this condition.
After years of medical concerns and rounds of testing, an emergency appendectomy and the removal of a foot of her small intestine, April Martin was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 23.
Crohn’s and colitis are painful, medically incurable inflammatory bowel diseases that affect around 1.6 million people across the United States. according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Today, Martin works to raise awareness about the ailment and encourage those with it, to keep fighting.
“I think of Crohn’s as very inconvenient,” said Martin, who teaches economics and American history at Middleburg High. “When you’re in the middle of dealing with teenagers all day long or giving the kids a bath at night, it’s just not convenient to have. Sometimes you plan your life around access to the bathroom. I can tell you where any bathroom is in many restaurants and malls. When you have Crohn’s, you have to be resourceful.”
As a five-year member of the planning committee for Take Steps Jacksonville, Martin is always the first to suggest creating t-shirts proudly displaying their cause – finding a cure for Crohn’s and colitis. Getting the word out about her disease is just as important as raising money to Martin, and she is able to do both as not only a planning committee member, but also a runner, coach and ambassador for Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis.
“I communicate with everyone around me, friends, colleagues, so people know that I need help,” she said. “When you’re suffering from a disease that can really be embarrassing at times, it’s hard for some people to talk about, and some people are so shy. But that’s why I want to make sure that I’m telling my story. I want to help people find a way to be able to talk about it and to make it easier for others.”
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