Tess Frémont-Côté - HealthPartners / Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

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My name is Tess Frémont-Côté. I was diagnosed with colitis when I was in high school. I was 12 and at the time, and I had just started high school. I was really, really scared. I didn’t understand what colitis or “Crohn's” was. My parents were also very shocked by the news. Nobody in my family had ever been sick until that point.

It came as quite a shock. I was at the hospital for about four years, all throughout high school, from ages 12 to 16. During those years I had tons of surgeries, took lots of medication, and I really tried to control my illness. In the end, that turned out to be impossible, so I had major surgery, in fact multiple major surgeries, to help me. During those years, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation really helped me understand what was happening to me.

I had tons of resources. It was really hard to talk about with my friends because I was 12, 13 and 14 years old. Normally, it’s not something you often discuss with your friends. I felt a bit ashamed, so the Foundation gave me lots of resources that really helped me figure out what was happening to me.

How I could talk about it with my family. It really helped my family understand the psychosocial problems I was having in addition to my physical illness. It also helped us understand the research that was being done at the time. I was diagnosed when I was 12.

Tess Frémont-Côté - HealthPartners / Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Today, it’s happening more and more to children under 12. Lots of children who are only five or six years old are being diagnosed. It’s a real shock. But the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation does a great job of providing everyone with resources and support. Most especially support. It’s a big community that is very important for people with Crohn’s or colitis. It really helps you feel less alone because often, as I said before, it’s difficult to explain. So really, from that standpoint, the organization is really dear to my heart, it helped me a lot over the years and..

Yeah. My name is Tess Frémont-Côté and I am living proof that donating to HealthPartners works.

Tess Frémont-Côté - HealthPartners / Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

My name is Tess Frémont-Côté. I was diagnosed with colitis when I was in high school. I was 12 and at the time, and I had just started high school. I was really, really scared. I didn’t…

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