Nail technician Sadie here at Brown & DeLine came to us in a unique way. She had just gotten out of the hospital after being hospitalized for six months where she went through three blood transfusions, IV steroids, intravenous feedings, and two surgeries resulting in her entire large intestine having to be removed. “That was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. I couldn’t eat for months and was getting all my nutrition from an IV. The pain that I was in and the complications I was going through left me and my family scared for my future. I dwindled down to 82 pounds”. Before Sadie got hospitalized she was in school to become a high school teacher. “When I got out of the hospital and started to gain back some strength I started searching through Craigslist to find any kind of job just so I could get out of the house. The first place that hired me was Brown & DeLine salon and that is when my whole world changed! Working at the salon made me feel beautiful again. For so long I felt ugly because of my disease and my surgery scars, but I really gained a new confidence when I started working here.”
This past weekend Sadie was flown out to New York as a special guest for the Intense Intestines Foundation’s Climb for Crohn’s & Colitis to celebrate World IBD Day. She was chosen because she writes her own blog called Inflamed & Untamed where she writes and does videos to help other patients and educate the world about what it’s really like to have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Sadie has become a well-known leader in the community and is often invited to speak on panels, guest blog, or make appearances. While she was in New York she attended the event where people came just to meet her and hear her talk. She also worked with the foundation by appearing in videos that will air in the future.
Most people don’t know how devastating Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be. They think it has something to do with what you eat or that it is similar to IBS. Sadie has been going in and out of the hospital since she was 10 months old. “Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease just like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and MS. I wish it was taken more seriously because it is honestly a difficult thing to live with. I have to inject myself every week with a low dose chemotherapy drug and go to the hospital every 7 weeks to have an infusion of another drug that suppresses my immune system just to keep myself out of the hospital. A lot of times people see me and think I don’t look sick because by all outward appearances I look fine most of the time. But Crohn’s disease is what we call an invisible illness. From the outside I might appear fine but if you were to turn my body inside-out you’d see how really sick I am”.
Sadie is a very inspirational young lady and we love how she gives back to the community! “My disease has no known cause and it doesn’t have a cure. It’s something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life and medications and hospitalizations have just become my reality. But having this disease has really taught me to look at life differently. I appreciate the smallest of things that other people probably overlook. I remember after one long hospitalization I had been laying in a bed for so long that I lost a lot of my muscle. I couldn’t even walk up the stairs because I had gotten so weak. Now I even appreciate walking up the stairs! What helps me get through life is doing what I do. There were so many years in my life that I felt so isolated and depressed because of my disease. I couldn’t talk about it to anyone and it really made me feel ugly and different, among other things. I wanted to give others what I was missing for so long, a voice. When people read my blog or watch my videos they connect with me and I am able to say things for them that they are not yet able to say themselves. It makes me feel pretty special and extremely blessed. Because of my disease I found my passion and my purpose and that is working here at the salon and to help others”.
To read Sadie’s blog: http://www.inflamed-and-untamed.com/