My name is Nadia Fuad and I have Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which has been debated repeatedly without a clear diagnosis of Crohn’s or colitis.
I have been struggling since I was 16 years old and I am now 21. A week away from my 18th birthday, I underwent a hand-assisted laproscopic total proctocolectomy with a temporary ileostomy and a J-pouch in 2008. I lived with an ileostomy for some time while my J-pouch healed and had my takedown surgery in February 2009. However, my J-pouch failed, and in November 2010, I underwent another surgery to have a temporary ileostomy for a year in hopes that my J-pouch would heal, but that never happened. I had to have another surgery in September 2011 to make my ileostomy permanent and remove my J-pouch and affected intestine.
I have a lot of autoimmune problems and have struggled with illness my entire life. I try hard to keep a positive attitude in the face of all the bumps. As hard as that is sometimes, it’s the only way I know how to cope.
Here is a little bit about me. I am Pakistani-American and grew up in Wisconsin, and now living in Texas. I started college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the pre-professional medicine program, I had to take a medical withdraw due to health issues. I re-enrolled in a university closer to home at Univeristy of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I was forced again to take another medical withdraw because of surgery. Now that I live in Texas, I am taking things slower and am enrolling in a community college near my home, and hope that slowly I will be able to manage my health and education better while studying in the medical field.
I presently work for Ostomy Secrets as a part time sales consultant. I started a YouTube channel a while back to talk about my illness and joined the United Colon Vlog in February 2010. I want to erase the stigma, shame, and embarrassment from this disease. I work very hard in making a video log and blog about Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, J-pouches, ostomies, and any other colon issues. Everybody poops; I just do it a little differently, and that’s my attitude.
I try very hard to be an eternal optimist. I am fortunate enough to have been able to reach so many through my proactive approach by putting my story out on the internet. It has a global following, and I am really proud of that.
One thing that I have done is poured myself into learning and researching more about IBD than the average 21-year-old girl would ever do. So ask me anything and if I don’t know, I will find out!
I enjoy time spent with family and friends and I value that very deeply. My parents are with me always and have seen me in my darkest days. I am so lucky to have so many good people surrounding me and being there when I need them the most. My mom and I are best friends and are together through every road block and clear path. Even though she doesn’t know exactly what I’m going through, she is the closest person to me who understands.
Links: United Colon Vlog Website