I turned 13 last week, 4 years since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I decided to look at my journal from this year, and my most recent entry was this poem, which I thought I would share because 1) I haven’t posted in more than a month and 2) as I turned thirteen last week, I realized how much a person can change in one week, or even a day, given the right circumstances and the room to grow. So, here it is:


Next week,

I’ll be one week older,

One week stronger,

One week tougher,

One week more alive.

Next week,

I’ll be seven days quicker,


Possibly happier.

Only seven days.

A lot can happen in such a little amount of time.

I could be better than ever.

I hope.

A week at a time, life goes by.

One week

Seven days

168 hours

Until I’m just that much better than I am now.

I hope.

I Turned 13 Last Week, 4 Years Since I Was Diagnosed With Crohn’s Disease
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