I first started running around 5 to 6 years ago. I was looking for a new sport to improve my health because I was feeling tired all the time.
With an initial running program, I tried to build up my distance to 5 km. During this time, I became aware of how much I loved the sport. I was getting addicted!
I went on to run 10 kms next. It was going really well until I found out I had Crohn's disease and needed to start medication immediately.
While my body was adjusting to the medication, I had to abandon running. But I bounced back once the disease came under control.
Over the last 2-3 years Crohn's disease determined a big part of my life and it was hard to go running again.
Last year, I set myself the goal of running the Amsterdam Marathon. Months of training went by and I was feeling ready. A few weeks before the marathon, I felt my energy draining and the grips of Crohn’s disease was upon me yet again.
Despite the signals, I still took part in the marathon. After 31 km, I was forced to step out overwhelmed by pain as a result of my Crohn’s disease. This year, I’m determined to finish the Amsterdam Marathon.
I’m glad that I’m still running despite my Crohn's disease. I participate in running competitions on a regular basis and every time I finish, I’m so proud of myself.