My Story

Hello! My name is Adam Dunlap, and I am the creator of Crohnies.com. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in December 2004, and have since had a full recovery which now includes more than two years completely off Crohn’s medication. Here is the abridged version of my story.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s on December 23, 2004, but the signs of the disorder began long before that. To be exact they started in 1998. I was 12 years old. Back then I started to experience symptoms of digestive problems that I was only able to explain 6 years later after I was diagnosed with Crohn’s. Symptoms were uncommon and inconsistent and included stomach pain, irregular bowel movements, and intense unexplained stomach flare ups. I somehow always knew something was wrong with me, but given the nature of the problems and their lack of consistency I never sought out help and didn’t even tell anyone about the majority of my problems.

The symptoms abruptly became chronic in February 2004 upon my return from a family vacation to Mexico. Immediately after arriving back in the states I began having intense abdominal pain daily which the doctors assumed was simply a virus I contracted from my trip abroad. They gave me antibiotics to treat the cause, but the pain and symptoms only temporarily subsided.

After 10 months of increasingly intense, daily abdominal pain my doctor recommended I see a gastroenterologist. I scheduled an appointment, and within a few minutes of seeing me he immediately suspected that I had an intestinal disorder and scheduled me for a colonoscopy. On December 23, 2004 I was diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease. At the day of my diagnosis I was 5’ 10” and weighed 108 pounds.

After being diagnosed I was immediately put on Prednisone to treat the internal bleeding and swelling. What ensued was 3 years of taking my medication day-in and day out, and progressing through the stages of weaning off various drugs and replacing them with other less serious drugs. The hope was always that I could wean off medication completely, but this never happened.

Once on the medication, the daily pain, for the most part, subsided to a manageble level. But in spite of my dedication to never missing a dose, I had multiple flare-ups over the next three years that put me in the hospital. I had an abscess in the first year from which I barely avoided surgery. Later that year I had a horrific flare-up during a study abroad in Mexico that actually put me in a Mexican hospital. And the last flare up which took place in December 2007 was the worst of all. I spent three days in the hospital and was sure that the surgeons were going to remove part of my intestines. Luckily I recovered and they never operated.

What changed everything for me was that last three day hospital stay in December 2007. Being in a bed for that time with surgeons looming over me for the entirety scared me enough to really get me thinking about the previous three years and the prospective future if I continued my doctor recommended treatment. My thoughts went something like this:

“I have officially been diagnosed with Crohn’s now with 3 years. The outlook when I was diagnosed was a life long prescription of medication and a shorter life expectancy. The best I could hope for would be a relapse that could last a couple years. Bleak but not extremely troublesome, so with such an outlook I have stayed true to taking my prescribed medicine everyday without fail. And yet in spite of my dedication I have still had multiple intense flare ups that have resulted in hospital stays! In spite of the doctor’s best efforts, the medicine obliviously isn’t working. I can’t keep living like this. At the rate I’m going it will only be time before I have to have parts of my intestinal tract removed. Something has to change. There has to be another way.”

Those three days in the the hospital gave me the time I needed to focus and think, and to finally commit to taking initiative of my own health. I researched the historical record of Crohn’s, and through that coupled with my analyzation of my personal experience through my 9 year struggle, I came to the conclusion that history and research supported the fact that Crohn’s and most intestinal disorders are caused almost entirely by diet.

Since the day of my release from the hospital on December 12, 2007 I decided to change the way I ate, and my life has never been the same since. Since that very day I have not taken a full day’s dose of Crohn’s medication. And since March 15, 2008 I have not taken a single pill or any other type of Crohn’s medication in any form period. Furthermore, I have since returned to a robust state of health that I don’t remember having since elementary school. I have had no prominent stomach pain or symptoms whatsoever since my release from the hospital, and I haven’t even been back to see a doctor for Crohn’s or any other reason since then. I feel completely rejuvenated physically and mentally in every way. The transformation has been so incredible that I now consider myself cured from Crohn’s.

Since my health transformation I have felt compelled to share my success story with others suffering from Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS and similar digestive issues. Every time I spoke with someone they were amazed when I said, “I don’t take medication anymore,” and they always wanted to know how I did it. It was after the third person I talked to that I realized that I needed to share my experience with as many people as possible and that is what has led me to create Crohnies.com.

I do not believe that you have to go on living with Crohn’s for the rest of your life. I do not believe that you have be in daily pain, be subject to daily medication, bi-monthly injections, or have to live in fear and be subject to crippling flare ups and surgeries. I am not a doctor but I found a way off Crohn’s and it has changed my life. There is hope and I believe you can achieve the same results I have.

Look up any online synposis about Crohn’s and it will tell you that there is no cure for it. But my story says differently. I have been cured from Crohn’s and I don’t have any reservations about telling people. Most encouraging of all, I don’t believe I am an isolated incident. I believe that anyone with Crohn ‘s or similar intestinal disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis or IBS, can experience the same health transformation that I have.