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4/10/2014 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Please note that this is being written on PJ's behalf, with his permission, because he wants to keep people updated, but doesn't want to write the story portion.
PJ was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in the fall of 2010, after having gastric bypass surgery in August of 2010, to remove a large mass in his stomach. Since then, PJ has had multiple complications, including liver issues and biliary constriction, which have caused infections, and internal abscesses. In October of last year, we were told that PJ needed to be seen at the Mayo Clinic, because they are the top research facility for Crohn's patients who's disease is not controlled well.
In January of this year PJ began his first visit to the Mayo Clinic, which lasted three weeks! After many tests, MRI's, x-rays, ultrasounds and procedures, the doctors here have assured us that they will be able to help PJ to get the Crohn's under control, and start the healing process.