It’s My Coming out of the Bathroom Anniversary

I am writing to you as a friend to ask for your help. To give you a quick back story, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1996, I was 12 years old, embarrassed, ashamed, and confused. I would not share my diagnosis with anyone and it took me another 17 years to finally be open and honest about my illness. I have experienced the trials and tribulations that we have all felt. To be perfectly honest, I thought my life was over and subsequently lost hope as a result of this illness. After years of suffering mentally and physically, I somehow found the strength to not let my crohn’s disease dictate the rest of my life. I found that running was a key to reducing my stress, keeping me happy, even though I was far from your prototypical athlete. At times, I wanted to give up, but then I trained for my first half marathon and it gave me a new outlook on life. Of course, I had a great deal of setbacks and more flare-ups then I could imagine. Last year I finally started sharing my story and finally Came Out of the Bathroom. Recently I decided to join Team Challenge and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to raise awareness and hopefully to find a cure.


In my efforts to raise money I am currently participating in two very exciting ways to donate…

I am hosting The Spring Fling 5k/10k Virtual Race to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. It’s only $25 to participate, $20 of which will go to CCFA. To participate please send your payment to me via Paypal. My email address is Please send this under personal and gift, that way neither of us are charged fees!

I am also selling Disney Vacation Raffle Tickets to support CCFA TEAM CHALLENGE yet? You don’t want to miss out before its too late! $1500 Vacation to your destination of choice: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Aulani Resort in Hawaii, or a Disney Cruise!

Purchase your tickets ASAP! $10 for 1 raffle ticket or $25 for 3 raffle tickets!

Click Here to Purchase Raffle Tickets!!

When entering your info, please make sure to put MELISSA ENGEL as the Team Challenge Member you are supporting!

If you would like to simply donate without racing or purchasing raffle tickets please visit page my fundraising page to check out my fundraising progress.

To read about my journey with Crohn’s Disease please visit my blog 13 Going on Crazy,

Please, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, make a donation. Donations help provide support, educational materials, life saving medication, raising awareness, and research. Thank you for your love and generosity throughout my campaign.

2 thoughts on “It’s My Coming out of the Bathroom Anniversary

  1. I, too, am a runner and have Crohn’s disease. While I would never want anyone to suffer from this disease I am encouraged each and every time that I find another runner who has it. Keep strong. Thanks for sharing your story. Kara

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