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Kayna O.

Kayna O.

  • School: Brigham Young University Idaho
  • Major: Child Development
  • Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR/ Ephraim, UT
  • My husband John and I are both students at BYU Idaho and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We both graduate in April. I am studying Child Development and he is studying Animal Science. After graduation we will go to Ephraim, UT where his family raises beef cows and turkeys. I started having symptoms of Crohn's last summer when I was pregnant with our sweet little boy. After giving birth, having my gall bladder removed, and then staying 4 nights in the hospital with a bowel obstruction they finally attributed my pain to Crohn's in February 2012. Then in August I had a right hemicolectomy where they removed a portion of my colon, small bowel, and a deep penetrating fistula. Three days after returning home, I went back to hospital with a leak at the connection and they had to go back in and give me a temporary ileostomy. I've been on 60 mg of Prednisone for so long my tissues were just too weak to hold up. But I just started Humira and am getting off face bulging Prednisone. Despite everything I have been through life is great and I have grown immensely and learned tons about myself. I am grateful for the experiences I have and the amazing family support that I have. I have been so blessed!

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