Melissa (13 Going on Crazy)

Patient Leader

I am the blogger and voice behind the blog, 13 Going on Crazy. A little back story on my blog, as a way to stay not only motivated, but inspired and healthy I decided to set a major goal for myself, to run 13 half marathons in 13 months, 13.1 Going on Crazy as I like to call it. To detail and track my progress I decided to set up a blog discussing the trials and tribulations of my runs. After completing this challenge I joke and say that I went from crazy to goofy as I have recently completed my first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. The Goofy Race and a Half Challenge is a half marathon and a marathon in a two day period. Being a runner a with both Crohn's and Celiac Disease I know the importance of constantly having a positive and support system. One of my biggest healthy living accomplishment’s not allowing either disease to dictate my life. Every run that I complete is a victory and I need to accept myself for who am and what I am capable of. In life you need to pull yourself up by the bootstraps or in my case my running shoe laces and keep on going and that is exactly what I do.

Nominations

Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog Advocating for Another

Melissa has been a great friend to me in the IBD community & throughout both of our recent medical setbacks, she has been there to pick me up when times have gotten tough. Like Melissa, my blog is about training for & running half-marathons while struggling with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.... our bond was immediate. She has been so kind, encouraging & will be working with me on a project to send out packages to others who are suffering with the illnesses we both have. Melissa's blog, instagram & Facebook provide a resource and outlet for people to be encouraged by when they read what she has accomplished even through the hardest times. Yet, through this all, Melissa remains optimistic and advocates for not just herself, but others. I'm glad our IBD community has had the opportunity to read that Crohn's & Colitis can't hold us back.  — Kelly

Melissa (13 Going on Crazy)

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