A Patients Journey: Cedric Pulliam


Diagnosis: Crohn’s Disease

Date of Diagnosis: 2018

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Weight Loss, Loss of Appetite, Abdominal Pain, Fatigue, Nausea, Anemia


A patient’s journey combating any chronic illness is a vital story that, if willing, should be told so that others can learn from their journey. In society, we have a medical system created and implemented to showcase disparities and inequities towards specific portions of the population. Whether it stems from one’s gender identity, race, income status, religion, sexual orientation, employment status or level of education, it exists within


the healthcare system today that serves us. In 2018 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), after a decade of undiagnosed mishaps by various doctors that dismissed my symptoms as a poor college diet, excessive alcohol consumption, stress and other reasons. In my IBD journey, I felt that my concerns and my voice did not matter. My experience could be the same for other patients that identify, or look like me. We must be intentional to speak out and voice our concerns about our own health care and address the disparities that exist within the healthcare system – whether it is being rushed in and out of appointments or being denied medication due to insurance status or affordability. These disparities in the healthcare system must be addressed to live healthier, thriving lives with chronic illnesses like IBD.

This post is sponsored by Janssen Biotech, Inc.


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