Guest Blog: Jon Adamy
Just over a year ago, Amy went into surgery to have her colon removed. Just over two weeks ago, she finished a half marathon for the CCFA.
Thinking about her success, both physically and mentally since the ileostomy is difficult to grasp. Hers is the kind of winning that eases into existence; an achievement with no coronation, a victory with no finish line. There was no “you’re cured,” speech from a doctor, and the effects of the disease aren’t gone.
But, the passing of time softens the edge of the pain she endured after the surgery, and in turn, softens the amazement factor sometimes for her, and those who know her best.
In thinking about this, there’s a certain guilt involved for me. A feeling of under appreciating the magnitude of the changes her body has, and continues, to endure. It’s like watching a video of the moon landing not being in total awe of the greatness of it all, simply because you’re so used to it seeing it.
But that is the amazing part.
Much like the moon landing, that feeling fades because Amy makes it look so easy. Her strength and gracefulness in dealing with colitis makes it so that glossing over all she’s gone though and simply remembering how well she’s doing now has become an easy path.
But it’s Amy’s strength that makes it easy for me to forget the picture of her colon on her Christmas card, and easy to dull the pain of the memories from the days following her first surgery. Easy for me to forget that there are still people that are going what she went through.
It’s no surprise Amy is a great endurance athlete. Her mindset when it comes to swimming or running for hours is the same mentality she brings to her health. It’s a will to continue, to forget the next mile, and focus solely on what’s ahead.
Before her surgery, Amy’s health was a sprint. Times without a flare were a golden bridge between the times that her symptoms tried to drag her down.
Since her surgery, Amy’s health is a marathon. There are certainly less hills and valleys, but she’s traded her colon for that more stable, flat health landscape. Her decision to have surgery certainly isn’t for everyone, but for a person that underwent so much physical hardship, it’s nice to see her have a chance to lace up her running shoes, and show the world what enduring is all about.
For all the people who are facing a day to day struggle with colitis and Crohn’s right now, whether you’re running a sprint, or a marathon, you’re moving forward, and like Amy has shown me, that’s the most amazing part of it all.
-Jon Adamy, Amy’s fiance