EP - S1E5 – Chronic Illness in Childhood

In a previous episode, we talked about a sudden, dramatic and catastrophic injury that one brave woman endured and survived. Injuries are one thing but what about illness? What about illness as a child? How is the adult life shaped when a child is forced to go through a life-changing event before their brains are even fully formed. Today I’m speaking with a young woman whose life was transformed before she was old enough to even understand what life is all about.

“I am a certified professional life coach, speaker, entrepreneur, softball junkie, sunflower lover, and the color pink fanatic. I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for about 5 years, and enjoy campfires along with thought provoking and philosophical conversations. One of my favorite quotes comes from a fortune cookie which states, “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.”” – Liz Lischick

  • Going through a chronic illness as a child was lonely because Liz didn’t know anyone like her with the same disease.
  • If you have a child with similar diseases, get your children involved with a support group like the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Also reach out to Liz! Contact info below.
  • She found herself in a very dark place having powerful negative thoughts. Therapy helped her through it.
  • She didn’t even have a fully developed personality and she had to “start over” all over again.
  • Despite being a very young woman, her priorities shifted.
  • Prioritize health and wellness!
  • “Ulcerative colitis has been a blessing in disguise.”
  • “If you don’t make time for your health now, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness later.”
  • One of the greatest movies ever, The Princess Bride – “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”


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