Welcome to Two Crohn’s Girls! Cara & Hollie went to the same small high school in the same small town. Years later and many miles apart, they were brought together over a shared diagnosis, Crohn’s Disease. This is where they share their stories from diagnosis to ostomy tips to being a mom with a chronic illness.
Cara was diagnosed in 2005 with Crohn’s disease. She has tried and failed each biologic treatment that was available during this time. Remicade was the only one that seemed to be promising until she developed an allergic reaction. During this time, Cara has been in and out of remission. A flare in 2015 lead to her first surgery and a subsequent emergency ileostomy. Six months later, she went under the knife again for a colostomy. Cara has three beautiful children and lives in West Virginia. She believes in her heart that her struggles with Crohn’s Disease has given her the opportunity and desire to share her story and help others.
Hollie was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in November of 2000. Remicade has been her saving grace since 2002. She lives on Maryland’s eastern shore with her girlfriend, Lynzie, and many pets: 4 dogs, 1 cat, 3 fish and 8 chickens. Hollie enjoys meeting those affected by IBD and other GI issues as she believes in the power of “Me too”. Sharing stories and experiences, help patients feel less isolated and alone. Hollie was very young when her mother was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and only 30 years old when her mother passed away due to complications of CD. As a result, she has experience as a patient and a caregiver.
If you have any questions for Two Crohn’s Girls, send them an email at TwoCrohnsGirls@gmail.com!