Welcome to my page where I hope you find some encouragement and love within this space! I feel as though it is important to have my first post be the reason I found my passion and why I decided to set it on fire! Buckle up, grab some popcorn and a glass of wine because this one might get a little long and bumpy!
First of all, I should probably tell you a little about myself before I dive into the oversharing and the TMI of the last year I had, in which led me to this moment.
I am Karli Moch, was born and raised in West Fargo ND where I still live with my High School Sweetheart, Taylor and our almost 2 year old son, Dawson! I am 31 years old, and thanks to my mom, I have been working more than half of my life! Having a mom that had us work hard at such a young age, is something that has shaped me throughout my career, and now has lead me to this path I’m on now.
Let’s get in to the thick of it and why I decided to “go all in!”
In October of 2017 I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease called, Ulcerative Colitis. For those of you that have never heard of UC, it is a chronic disease which causes inflammation within the digestive tract. There are treatments that can help, but unfortunately this condition cannot be cured.
In the early months of this disease, prior to diagnosis, I thought this was “the end of the world!” Little did I know, this was the tip of the iceberg and my ship was about to sink! Not long into diagnosis my symptoms went from many trips to the bathroom to almost 20 a day! I began to have severe abdominal cramps, loss of appetite, anemia, and major weight loss.
I knew things were getting serious when I was admitted to the hospital for the first time; something I NEVER thought would happen to me! I spent 6 days in the hospital where they pumped me full of steroids, and for anyone who has ever had to take prednisone for a long period of time, knows this brings on a whole new set of problems! I started having paralyzing back spasms, insomnia, mood changes, moon face…the list goes on and on!
I was discharged, only to find myself checking back in to Hotel Sanford on December 18th. I remember this day so clearly, it was the day I had my first ever panic attack. I was in EXTREME pain, and still I didn’t want to go because I knew what this had meant. I knew right then and there we weren’t going to be able to control this disease, and I wouldn’t be home with my family for Christmas.
Weeks went by and I finally was moving on to the 4th and final option of treatment before moving to surgery. I was placed on a double dose of Remicade (a drug initially used as a form of chemotherapy for cancer) weekly rather than monthly like traditional plans of treatment, since my condition had become so severe. Needless to say, it didn’t work…what it did do was send me into a lot more pain, fainting spells, and the loss of all my hair.
Fast forward a couple weeks and we decided to move forward with my final option, surgery! Had I not decided to do this willingly, this most likely would have become emergency surgery very quickly. To give you an idea of what kind of shape I was in at that time, my blood pressure the day I was admitted for my first surgery was 79/64.
To paint it a little clearer, the nurse took my BP, immediately called in for a wheelchair and was shipped off to my room to begin fluids right away. Being only 31 and having your Dad, Sister, Mom, and Husband help you stand up, walk to the car, lift you into the car and wheel you around the hospital in a wheelchair is one of the most humbling moments I’ve had in my life.
I began my journey in late January with a Colectomy which is a surgical procedure to remove my entire colon and part of my rectum. This resulted in me spending my next 5 months living with a Stoma, who of course I named Stanley! Oh, the stories I could tell of my adventures with dear old Stan in our short time together, but that will have to be another day. I had my 3rd and final surgery on June 11th of 2018 and I am still on the road to recovery every single day.
What I have learned over this last year, is what everyone has been telling us for years but we just don’t listen. Live each day as though it is your last, tomorrow isn’t a guarantee, you never know what someone else is battling. Well guess what sister, they were right!!
I decided to find my joy of writing again, to mute the negative noise around me and live a happy life moving forward. To surround myself with people who are smarter than me, stronger than me, more positive than I am so that I can be the best version of myself every single day. Most of all I want to have an impact, if only on one single person, because that person deserves it!
This will be a platform for you to expand your network with people who may not be exactly like you, and find ways to create your positive n o w and f u t u r e! Let’s wrap our arms around each other, and create our crew!