October 11th, 2010
Running on a brisk October day in 2008, Keith Krause wiped the sweat from his face as he pushed through the last few miles and crossed the finish line, completing his second marathon. An astounding feat for most people (I for one get winded running two miles), Keith’s accomplishment had extra special meaning. Only three years earlier, he lay in a hospital bed wondering if he would ever be able to complete a marathon again.
Keith is just one of approximately 500,000 people in the United States suffering from ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease that affects the digestive tract. I talked to him earlier this week about his experience dealing with UC.
Diagnosed in December of 1988, Keith has used exercise to as a way to keep up his strength and exert control over his condition. However, in 2005, his UC symptoms were so severe he had to be hospitalized twice, at one point being told he would need to try another treatment strategy to control his symptoms.
After determining a course of treatment with his doctor, Keith finally started to get control of his symptoms. As he regained his strength back, he looked ahead to running another marathon.
“I wanted to do a marathon to give me closure from the sickness,” Keith said. Three years later, after countless hours of training in all sorts of weather, he accomplished his goal.