Gut of the Month - July 2008
Jesse Scobie and Neil Kirby
My name is Jesse Scobie and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1996. The diagnosis of the disease took around 5 months and before that I had severe symptoms of the disease for at least a year. Not knowing why I was loosing weight, feeling sick all the time, and the long period of time it took for a diagnosis to take place led to frustration as I would have people ask what was wrong with me, and I could not give them an answer. Four years ago I finally had to have a surgery. I had two feet of small intestine removed and one foot of large intestine removed. Since the surgery I have had little problems with my disease and I feel very fortunate because of this.
This summer my good friend Neil Kirby and I are embarking on a cross Canada journey with the goal of raising funds and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis research. We are in the process of cycling from Victoria B.C. to St. John’s Newfoundland and we hope to finish our journey in the middle of August. The people we have met on our journey so far have been amazing and very supportive. Knowing that people have an interest in learning about these diseases has made me proud to be an ambassador in speaking up about a chronic illness that most people do not like talking about.
There was a time when I could barely study for my university exams because of the pain, and now with the help of a surgery, medication, and a proper diet, I am able to cycle across this beautiful country with the hope that someday a cure will be found. There is always the thought in the back of my mind that although I do feel good now, the sickness that I had felt for so many years can and most likely will come back in the blink of an eye. This is why Neil and I are embarking on this journey, a journey that will hopefully help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis.