Jun 12 2012


Published by at 7:12 pm under Interviews

This week, I’m interviewing a very special guest. Sheri A. Wilkinson, who has graciously accepted my offer to share her battle with Crohn’s disease with my readers, in hopes of raising consciousness, educating people, and allowing us to get a glimpse into her world. Sheri is one of the coolest peeps I know — a ninja warrior with a big heart, a fighting spirit, and a love for her family and friends that knows no bounds. (Sheri has kindly updated us on her life since the original publication of this blog in 2012. You can find that update at the end of this interview.)

Hey, Sheri. Thanks so much for being my very special guest this week. Please, tell the cool peeps about yourself.

I am originally from Chicago, born and raised until 1998 when I moved out to rural Illinois. I am happily married; I have two daughters, five stepdaughters, four grandsons and two granddaughters. My family is my whole world. I am also a Crohn’s warrior, avid reader and animal lover.

I’m very honored that you’ve chosen to talk to us about Crohn’s Disease (CD) and your personal battle with it. It is important for everyone to understand that you are here as a person battling CD, not as a doctor or medical authority, and that your responses are based on your personal experience and knowledge only.

Yes, thank you for stating that. I always let everyone know I am not a physician and even though I feel an expert on the subject, any questions or doubt on what I say should be discussed with your doctor. If this interview can help one person, I would feel as if I made a contribution to society. So many people suffer in silence and embarrassment when they don’t have to.

Most people have heard of CD but many do not understand exactly what it is. Can you explain?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and even malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.

The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Like ulcerative colitis, another common IBD, Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. Sadly there is no cure for CD, my dream is to one day wake and find there is a magic pill/drug to cure this disease.

What are the causes of CD? Who gets it? Why?

The exact cause of Crohn’s disease remains unknown. Previously, diet and stress were suspected, but now doctors know that although these factors may aggravate existing Crohn’s disease, they don’t cause it. Now, researchers believe that a number of factors, such as heredity and a malfunctioning immune system play a role in the development of Crohn’s disease. My doctors believe I was born with a deformation in my transverse colon (upper part of small intestines).

Why people get it is still not know, Some researchers suggest that people living in large metropolitan areas are more susceptible, but this has not been documented to my knowledge, as fact. As I mentioned, I am from Chicago, a large area, so my personal belief is that this could be true.

What are the symptoms of CD?

Inflammation: In some people, just the small intestine is affected. In others, it’s confined to the colon (part of the large intestine). Inflammation may be confined to the bowel wall, which can lead to scarring (stenosis), or inflammation may spread through the bowel wall causing a (fistula).

Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or come on suddenly, without warning. Some of the symptoms are:

Abdominal pain and cramping. (In serious cases, the pain may be severe and include nausea and vomiting.)
Blood in the stool.
Ulcers (As well as ulcers in the mouth similar to canker sores.)
Reduced appetite and weight loss.
People with severe Crohn’s disease, like me, have also experienced:
fever, fatigue, arthritis, eye inflammation, mouth sores, skin disorders.

How is CD diagnosed? Is CD often mistaken for something else?

When CD cannot be diagnosed it is often just classified as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or in my case stress and anxiety. And I must tell you having this does cause stress and anxiety!

Some of the tests to diagnose CD are:

Blood Tests, fecal occult blood test, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance Imaging, capsule endoscopy, double balloon endoscopy, small bowel Imaging, barium enema.

I have had all of the above except the capsule, and though these tests are not pleasant, I feel it is necessary to get a correct diagnosis and to ease suffering faster. The final test that gave me a definite diagnosis was a biopsy; that was when I knew I officially had Crohn’s Disease. It was a bit frightening and depressing knowing there is no cure and what lies ahead for me.

Are there certain risk factors?

Yes here are some risk factors for Crohn’s:

Age. Crohn’s disease can occur at any age, Most people who develop Crohn’s disease are diagnosed before they’re 30 years old.

I was in my mid 40s when finally diagnoses and was told I had probably had it for over 20 years due to all the damage and scarring to my intestinal tract. I went through so many tests and medications and was told it must be stress. I am happy to say I finally found the right doctors, and am glad times have changed. My life would have been much more painless if I had found out, say 20 years ago.

Ethnicity is another factor. Although whites have the highest risk of the disease, it can affect any ethnic group. People of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish descent have an even higher risk.

Family history and cigarette smoking is also a risk. Smoking is so dangerous in many, many ways. I highly suggest that you smokers quit. Being a former smoker, smoke-free for three years now, I just had to throw that in!

What complications can arise from CD?

Crohn’s disease may lead to many complications. Some are:

Bowel obstruction.
Ulcers. (They can occur anywhere in your digestive tract, including your mouth and anus, and in the genital area and anus.)
Fistulas. (They can be life-threatening if left untreated.)
Anal fissure.
Colon cancer. (Having Crohn’s disease that affects your colon increases your risk of colon cancer.)

How is CD treated?

Anti-inflammatory drugs are often the first step in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Some are Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) Mesalamine (Asacol, Rowasa). Corticosteroids.

If those fail then we move on to immunosuppressant drugs some are
Azathioprine (Imuran) and mercaptopurine (Purinethol). These are the most widely used immunosuppressants for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Infliximab (Remicade). This drug is for adults and children with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. It’s also used after other drugs have failed.

Adalimumab (Humira). This drug may cause remission, and is used when Infliximab has failed.
Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia)
Methotrexate (Rheumatrex).
Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune)
Natalizumab (Tysabri).

Frequently prescribed is Metronidazole (Flagyl). Ciprofloxacin (Cipro).

There are other medications to ease symptoms including:

Anti-diarrheals. Laxatives. Pain relievers. Iron supplements. Vitamin B-12 shots. Calcium and vitamin D supplements.

And the last resort is surgery. I am not sure of the percentage, but most people with CD will have at least one surgery in their lifetime.

What are some common misconceptions about people with CD? What are your personal pet peeves?

I feel the most common misconception that people have is, “you are just not eating right,” “it’s all in your head,” and it is “just stress.” Although stress does bring on “flares,” it is not the cause of CD. My biggest pet peeve is my weight (Isn’t that a touchy subject for most women? LOL).

As I have stated, the most common sign is diarrhea and most people with CD are thin (It is kind of hard to maintain weight with all that is going on in our digestive tracts). Plus we just do not like to talk about this. I cannot tell you how many times I have cried over the insensitive remarks people have made over my weight. I am a tiny woman to start, but before my surgery, I was so ill, malnourished, and underweight that I just stayed in my house to avoid whispers, stares and rude comments. If I had a dime for every time someone asked me if I was anorexic, I would be a millionaire!

I do not like when a complete stranger comes up to me and asks me if I am anorexic, how much do I weigh, and the dreaded, “My dear don’t you ever eat? You need some meat on your bones.” **eye roll** Can you see me rolling my eyes, Molly?

What can people do to raise awareness for CD and to understand more about the disease?

For one, The CCFA (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America) CCFA.org has a lot of helpful info and ways people can help to (fund) research to find a cure. They also have so much information on Crohn’s Disease.

I also found support groups for IBD, since most people just do not understand us (people) with CD. And the main thing I feel is, if you know someone with CD ask questions!

We (at least I don’t) mind answering questions. I just wish more people understood what we go through daily. Having to plan trips around injections, making sure I know were a restroom is AT ALL TIMES, not eating the night before so I won’t have any “accidents” along the way. Just going to the grocery store or to the theatre can be a stressful event for me.

Is there anything else you want to tell us about CD that I haven’t asked you?

There are just a few things I would like to mention.

CD is not contagious; it is not easily recognizable, (unless we lift our shirts and show off our scars), and often we do not look sick.

Also, CD can be found anywhere in the body (although most common in the digestive tract). I have it in my intestines, stomach, esophagus, throat and mouth. Right now my gallbladder is being watched for signs of possible granulomas. But I will face that battle when the time comes. My friends know I have a great sense of humor and I call myself the CD ninja warrior.

It has taken over 20 years and many misdiagnoses before I finally was diagnosed with both CD and UC (Ulcerative Colitis). I have had a Right Hemicolectomy (also known as a bowel resection) along with my appendix removed.

You are a vociferous reader and friend to many authors. Please, tell us about your love for reading.

I have had a love for reading for as long as I can remember; I will read just about anything I can get my hands on! I have just recently entered the electronic world and yes, I caved and got a Kindle. I now have almost 200 books downloaded, but my love will always be a hardcover book. And, Molly, since your blog, I have to admit my TBR pile is rapidly growing! I have to admit if it were not for my books, I would not have made it through my recovery and all the horrid tests I endured.

Who are the special people in your life you’d like to brag about?

There are too many to mention, all my friends and family are special to me in their own way. Molly, you, of course, are my favorite.

But I have to say number one is my husband Lewis, he has been my rock and been with me through all my “health Issues.” He has seen me at my best and at my worst. He is my strongest support and I could not have faced all of this without him.

Also my daughter Lizz, she is a remarkable young lady who is wise beyond her years. She is my “mini-me” and a tremendous helper. She is always there to help me in any way she can. Whether it be helping with housework, making my meals, and just sitting and reading with me or telling me about her day when I am at my physical worst.

And I could not end this without the mention of my wonderful doctors who have (literally) saved my life twice in 2011. Dr. Gregg Davis (my PCP), Dr. Jae Kim (my G/I) you are the man! And finally Dr. Mark Williams (my surgeon) who endured many humorous encounters with me, not knowing I was joking…seriously Doc do I look like I had breast implants!? Inside joke. LOL! I just have to make sure they read this interview.

All joking aside I would not be here today if it were not for these remarkable, wonderful, knowledgeable and awesome physicians/surgeons.

Social media, that ever-evolving beast, has changed the way we do everything. What are your favorite and least-favorite parts of it?

I love the chance at meeting new people, I have meet a few wonderful people online, namely one Ms. Lisette Brodey ☺! If I named everyone else, this interview would never end, but you all know who you are.

The bad part of social media is that private parts of my life (that I do not want made public) always manage to become public knowledge. Seems in this modern world we are losing our privacy, the price we pay to interact online.

I’ve been forever called picky, but I maintain that we’re all picky creatures. What are you picky about?

Cleanliness. I cannot stand clutter, dirt or disarray. Dirty dishes in the sink has to be my biggest pet peeve! I am a neat freak and my house can never be too clean. Call me OCD Sheri. I don’t care. My house has to be clean at all times.

Where can people find you in cyberspace?




Any parting words for the masses?

As I always say: “Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.”
I may have Crohn’s, but Crohn’s does NOT have me. Peace.

MARCH 2014: AN UPDATE: by  Sheri A. Wilkinson

Thanks for having me back. A lot had changed since my surgery and this interview. Due to my wonderful doctors and medications I am finally in remission. My flares were minimal post surgery, they did not last long, nor were they intense. I have overcome some obstacles along the way. I have had problems with my HGB (Hemoglobin) and am now permanently anemic (Due to CD). I have had another blood and iron infusion. I will need to be monitored (through blood tests) for life. I also have lost 40% of my hearing in my right ear, and my vision is poor and I now need bifocals, due to the toxic medications I need to keep my CD under control. But this is just part of Crohn’s and I make the best of each day.

I still have to be careful around people. Since my immune system is weak, using Humira makes it worse. But to me it is my “miracle” drug. When I leave my house (especially during the cold and flu season) I have to wear a mask. I also have to sanitize my house with bleach and keep it as germ free as possible to avoid the risk of a serious illness. But I have always been a neat and organized person, so it is not a big deal to me to take extra precautions.

But all is not bad. I have good news as well. I have exceeded my weight goal! This to me (which may seem trivial to most), is my best news ever! Having Crohn’s makes it so hard to gain weight, like the average person. I am so thrilled to be able to wear adult clothes. I also love my new healthier weight. I no longer have people coming up to me (embarrassingly) asking how much I weigh, how much I eat etc. I can now enjoy food! Before due to all the pain and discomforts of Crohn’s eating was for survival, now eating is a pleasure.


I am adjusting well to my new life with Crohn’s and I still hope and pray for a cure some day. The CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) is a great organization that offers advice and raises money for research in hopes of one day eradicating this debilitating disease.

On a personal not I also gained a granddaughter, and another granddaughter due this July. I also lost both my parents, my father to liver disease and mother to cancer. My family is still the center of my universe. They all mean the world to me. Once again I have to give credit to my wonderful husband Lewis and My youngest daughter Elizabeth (Lizz). They help me when I am at my worst and deal with me when I feel like giving up. Yes they have seen the best and worst of me and they never give up on me.



My parting words, if you suspect something is wrong with your stomach/intestinal/digestive tract seek medical attention. Do not suffer in silence. Crohn’s is not a “designer disease.” Most people have heard of it but know little about it. You often cannot tell a person has it. Although the testing and procedure for a correct diagnosis are not pleasant, they can and will help you.

36 responses so far

36 Responses to “MEET SHERI A. WILKINSON”

  1. Charles Rothon 12 Jun 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve known Sherita for some time now, and I am constantly amazed and impressed by her wisdom, caring nature, fortitude, and wicked sense of humor…some of which could probably not be written here. So be it. I love her, and have tremendous respect for her. And I do NOT use the word “respect” lightly. She is an exceptional human being, who has had her feet to the fire longer than I have known her, and I believe could endure more than I can. But…that is not the point. She deals with this every single day of her life, along with all the other “stuff” we less capable humans have to deal with, and complain about.

    A terrific interview. I learned a lot about you and CD from this interview. Thank you, my dear, and my love goes out to you every day.

  2. Stuart Ross McCallumon 13 Jun 2012 at 4:03 am

    Hello Molly & Sheri:

    Thank you both for a wonderful, educational, entertaining, but more importantly, an insight into a true fighter who won’t allow Crohn’s disease to – rule – her life.

    Sheri, you are living proof that to give-in when life has dealt you a serious condition will only make things dreadfully worse. Your survivor spirit, and the love and encouragement from those closest to you, (friends included) has enabled you to be a warrior for CD and so much more.

    I hold your frienship dearly, Sheri. I would love to be with you when researchers announce, they have developed a cure for; Crohn’s disease.

    Thank you, Ross

  3. Maria Savvaon 13 Jun 2012 at 4:29 am

    A very interesting and enlightening interview, Sheri and Molly 🙂 I am sure it will help others who may be battling this terrible condition.
    I am sorry to hear about all you have been through are going through, Sheri. The thing that has always struck me about you, though, is how strong and positive you are despite everything. You are a wonderful friend, and a true inspiration. You have been so supportive to me over the years. I do hope that there will one day be a cure for CD.

  4. RJ McDonnellon 13 Jun 2012 at 5:09 am

    I’ve known Sheri since MySpace was the social media capitol of the world. She was one of my first readers, outside of my circle of family and friends, when I launched my mystery series in 2008. Her words of encouragement meant a great deal then, and even more today. In the interim I learned about her battle with CD. As an indie author I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs. It would have been easy to allow the lows to discourage me. But seeing Sheri battle her disease with courage and an exceptionally positive attitude every day has been very inspirational. Those of us in Sheri’s circle are truly blessed.

  5. Darcia Helleon 13 Jun 2012 at 6:25 am

    Great interview, Molly & Sheri!

    Sheri, as I’ve told you before, you are my hero. You truly inspire me.

    I can so relate to what you said about strangers commenting on your weight. While I have nowhere near the digestive problems you deal with, my immune system sometimes attacks food like an enemy and I go through bad spells. I’m always shocked by how many people will comment on how ‘skinny’ I am during these times. And they spit the words out like I’ve committed a crime. I wonder why that kind of behavior is considered okay. And I wonder how those same people would react if we walked up to them and said, “Wow, you are so fat! You must eat all day long!” :))

  6. Sheri Wilkinsonon 13 Jun 2012 at 7:49 am

    You are sooo right about the weight issue, and I do eat all day long. I eat two small meals every two hours, like an infant! I joke with Lewis…it’s my feeding time!

    You are so awesome, and I still think your books need to be a series or a movie. I had confided in you some of my worst nightmares and horrors, thanks for listening! You are a true friend.

    My dear sweet friend, we also share another condition (which I did not mention didn’t want to turn Molly’s Blog into a book ) MVP. That is another hump I will jump, but after hearing you survived I know I too. I will overcome this challenge as well.

    My inspiration and Brother from across the pond. Reading your book has inspired me, You are my Idol! You are so courageous and no stranger to medical science. You are a rock of confidence and endurance!

    My Big Brother, you have endure so many cry-baby moments in my life, and your words and love have helped my get where I am today. I will never forget our time in Lovely Princeton, IL. Until we meet again. 🙂

    Love you all
    Sheri <3

  7. Lewison 13 Jun 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Great interview, very well done.Sheri I love you with all of my heart.

  8. Sue Cheadleon 13 Jun 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Hi, thank you for sharing your story. I know people who have CD and never wanted to ask them about it so not to embarrass them. Hope you stay well and happy.

  9. Talathaon 14 Jun 2012 at 5:04 am


    You know I had the opportunity of meeting Sheri, I call her Sherita because she is special to me. We have shared many funny stories. But, one thing I know is that she is a very strong dedicated wife, mother and a loyal friend. There were times when I thought she should be crying, but she was laughing, and she me laughing too. She was laughing through the pain. If anyone can put the word out about CD Sheri, (Sherita) can. That woman has an amazing wit about herself. And, if she has a story that needs to be addressed, she will take care of that too.

    Molly thank you for the lovely interview with Sheri. You seem to know how to bring out the truth to the core. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Much Respect,

  10. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 7:34 am

    Molly Readers:

    I must add that the photo with my daughters and Granddaughter, I was in remission and was a happier time.

    The one with me in the purple shirt, I was out of remission and losing weight. And starting to feel the pain etc.


  11. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 7:38 am

    I thank you for being there for me via phone & skpye at some of my not to pleasant moments, I know I have a good friend when we continue our conversation while I am in the restroom! You are a true friend and an amazing woman. Like I have told you before, If I don’t laugh I would cry, and I think most people prefere to laugh! I know I do!
    Love & Peace Sherita~

  12. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 7:40 am

    Most people do not want to ask. Me personally I would rather have someone ask me questions, it helps spread the word and understanding of what we go through, and believe me, a few questions ask is less embarrassing than failed attempts to the restroom! Thanks for reading my interview!

  13. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 7:43 am

    You are so sweet and kind, there should be more people like you in the world. Most people do not think before they speak. As for me I would rather have someone ask me if I am ill than assume I just don’t eat, am anorexic, or junkie…I didn’t add that in my interview, at my worst when worn out, exhausted and at my lowest (dangerous) weight, I have had people think I was a drug user. Thanks for reading.

    MOLLY thanks for inviting me.
    Peace to all.

  14. Peter Meredithon 14 Jun 2012 at 10:42 am

    Keep fighting the fight Sheri. Good luck.

  15. Richard Haleon 14 Jun 2012 at 10:53 am

    Sheri, It takes a lot of courage to put what you go through out there for the world to see. I know. I am a Ulcerative Colitis sufferer and have had a hard time lately. Many of my friends at work know of my problems but none of them REALLY understand it. I’ve been trying to hang on at my job but it has become increasingly more difficult to do the work I do with the condition. As you know, when the bathroom calls, there is no waiting around.

    I met Lisette on Twitter and love her writing! She’s a wonderful friend to have and I see her as someone I look up to. She has encouraged my writing and helped me along the way and I owe her much for all of that. It sounds like she is lucky to have you as a friend also. I’d love to talk with you sometime. Be well and thank you for sharing with us. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


  16. Lisaon 14 Jun 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Molly,

    Apologize for being so slow but clearly from the response, Sheri is a gem. This little lady is what we call in Australia ” A little Aussie Battler”.

    I have to say, like Talatha, she has a tendency to make you feel guilty for laughing at something that is so heart wrenching.

    She is my little Artemis- goddess of strength. Thank you Arty for being such an amazing human being and enlightening people of the daily struggle CD suffers endure. You’re a Champion.

    Can I also say that I hope you are okay too Richard. I hope family and friends are there for you also and support you during your difficult time. My thoughts are with you also.

    Thanks Molly,
    Simply an amazing interview

  17. Mollyon 14 Jun 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Hey Sheri:

    I couldn’t be more pleased that you honored me with an interview this week. What an overwhelming response to your story. You truly are one of the coolest peeps ever!

    Thank you for your warmth, candor, eagerness to help others, inspiration and so much more. You rock, girlfriend.


  18. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you, I am a fighter. My friends all know I am a fighter, I can choose to lay down and die and cry why me, or fight this head on, I choose to fight!

  19. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 4:04 pm

    You know me, the day I stop laughing and making jokes will be the day I Die. I did not ask to be hit with all this, but I make the most of every day , and thank God it is not worse.

    You and so many of my friends and family help me through my rough times, and it makes me smile.

    hugs across the pond my dear friend.

  20. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Find me on FB , we have so much to talk about. I often feel so alone. I personally only know one lady with CD, so having more friends who understand would be awesome. I also found out in Sept that I Have UC as well, double whammy. I totally relate to your situation.

  21. Sheri Wilkinsonon 14 Jun 2012 at 4:10 pm

    IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE! I look forward to your next guest. I have to say you rock too!

  22. Joy Katzen-Guthrieon 14 Jun 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful feature, Molly & Sheri. Molly, I love your columns, and truly appreciate getting to know your guests and their very personal experiences and outlooks. Sheri, your interview was particularly informative and insightful. I wish you many breakthroughs and much love. ~Joy

  23. Julie Elizabeth Powellon 15 Jun 2012 at 2:02 am

    Thank you so much for sharing – a wonderful feature.

    Sheri – always thinking of you and by the way – I’ll be sending you a pdf copy of my new book very soon…just on the final edit.

    Keep fighting x

  24. Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D.on 15 Jun 2012 at 5:42 am

    Hi Sheri and Molly —

    Thanks so much for this very insightful and educational interview! I learned a great deal and now have a better understanding of this terrible condition.

    Thanks, Molly, for choosing such a wonderful subject, and thanks, Sheri, for inspiring us all!
    Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D.

  25. Sheri Wilkinsonon 15 Jun 2012 at 7:54 am

    Thank you very much.
    I am glad you enjoyed my interview, I felt it was time to share my story in the hopes of helping others.

  26. Sheri Wilkinsonon 15 Jun 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Leigh Ann,
    Thank you for reading my interview. I am glad you learned a bit from it!

  27. Sheri Wilkinsonon 15 Jun 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Just ask me, you can always ask me anything..except my weight, lol, but actually my closest friends know (how much I weigh) and that my goal is to reach 100 pounds and I am almost there.

    Wow can’t believe I said it on here. Well everyone can see from my pictures I am a tiny woman.

    love to you sis

  28. Jen Knoxon 23 Aug 2012 at 5:46 pm


    You have a beautiful family, and your desire to educate and make change in the face of such a tough disease is heroic. I hope you know how much you inspire me and likely anyone and everyone you meet.

    Thanks, Molly, for sharing this interview! ~Jen

  29. Sheri Wilkinsonon 26 Aug 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for the kind words. I felt the need to reach out to as many people as possible. My goal was to educate those who know little about CD and to support those who have it, or have friends and family remember with this life altering disease. My family is my strength.

  30. Sheri Wilkinsonon 17 Aug 2013 at 11:51 am

    Dear readers,
    It is going on two years since my resection and 1 1/2 years on Humira and Apriso (among other medications). I am happy to say I have been in remission for over a year and am at a healthy 110 pounds! Thanks for reading and to all my “Crohnies” out there, I pray you can achieve remission and avoid surgery.

  31. Beth Hoffmanon 17 Mar 2014 at 11:17 am


    This is one of the most informative and educational posts I’ve ever read. Like so many, I knew next to nothing about this disease until I read your story. You are truly an inspiration and have given a powerful and hopeful voice to those who share in the battle against Crohn’s disease.

    I’m so glad that you’re in remission and have achieved a healthy weight. Bless you, sweet friend!

    Sending you a big old Southern-style hug!

  32. Sheri Wilkinsonon 18 Mar 2014 at 6:27 am

    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. When I was diagnosed with CD, I did so much research on the disease, I practically sound like a walking textbook for Crohn’s & Colitis!

    My hope was to help others who suffer in silence, and to bring knowledge of this disease to others.

  33. eden bayleeon 01 Jul 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Sheri, you are so courageous to share your story, and I learned a lot about Crohn’s in reading your words.

    I have friends with the illness, but it’s not usually something they discuss, not for any other reason than they choose to focus on other things when we are together.

    You gave such an honest account of what it’s like to live with Crohn’s, and it gave me a deeper understanding of the disease and an appreciation for those who have it.

    So great to see you are putting on weight, and that you have such a wonderful support network.

    Thanks again for sharing,

  34. Sheri Wilkinsonon 03 Jul 2014 at 9:06 am


    Thank you for your kind words. I felt the need to explain this often heard of, but little know about disease. Most people with Crohn’s do not like to speak of it. But I would much rather talk about it. Before my surgery, the worst was the stares and rude comments about my weight. Now I am happy to be gaining weight and not hearing the rude and hurtful comments.

    Thank you for reading my story and commenting.

  35. elle bocaon 06 Jul 2014 at 5:19 am


    You’re inspiring. Thank you for your kindness and for sharing so much about your life!


  36. Sheri Wilkinsonon 06 Jul 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for reading my interview. Hope You learned a bit about Chron’s and me!

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