My name is Lisa Burks and this is a little something about me. I am 32 years young. My husband, Wes, and I have been married for 10 wonderful years. We do not have any children at this point but are the proud fur-parents to the cutest black Labrador named Lucy. In my spare time, I enjoy quilting, reading, listening to music and spending time with loved ones.
I am an accountant, event coordinator, shopper, baker and maid — otherwise known as the best housewife! I also write a column for IBD News Today, in which I talk about my journey living with Crohn’s disease. As much as having Crohn’s disease has affected my life, another big part of my daily life is living with daily pain.
The journey of my health
As a child, I had asthma, yearly pneumonia and frequent sinus infections. It wasn’t until I was about 20 that my health started to decline steadily. My doctors were puzzled. When I finally had my “A+ team” of doctors, they worked endlessly to find out why my health was not under control.
I have an immune deficiency disease called common variable immune deficiency (CVID). Basically, I don’t make three of the five antibodies that my body requires to fight off infections. I likely have had it all my life, which explains all of the sinus infections and pneumonia, both of which aggravate severe asthma. As of today, I have many ailments such as asthma, seizures, migraines, renal tubular acidosis, GERD, diabetes and a few other conditions.
Along comes the pain
The conditions I have not included above are peripheral neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, enteropathic arthritis, chronic pain syndrome, and worst of all, avascular necrosis. These conditions cause me to have a great deal of pain all over my body every single day! I’m currently working with pain management, rheumatology and orthopedics to focus on controlling my conditions. The specialists I’m working with are searching for other factors contributing to my pains. Finding the root cause for the pain is important, so that the proper treatment is given.
Finding the silver linings
Many people ask me how I’m able to keep a positive outlook through everything that has happened to me. The key is having a solid support system, always being prepared for what life throws your way, and never losing hope. My husband, Wes, family and friends are my main source of support and they keep me going strong. I have hope for a better future, a pain-free future!
In life, despite when things get tough, I learned to look for the silver linings. Finding the positives mixed in a mess of hardships can be a challenge. I make a point of finding the bright side of situations so that things don’t seem as bad. When I meet others who are living with some of the same health issues I have, I try to be there for support.
Even though it’s hard for me to live with numerous conditions, I try to turn my personal experiences and struggles into a way of helping others. I consider this a big silver lining.
In my future columns, I plan to write about all aspects of pain, such as the causes of pain, testing, understanding diagnoses and available treatments, and I’ll share my experiences and advice. Until next time, keep going strong!
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