Georgia Tech football player raising awareness for Crohn’s disease, For football player Deon Hill, taking hits isn’t out of the ordinary. But last year, a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease was a surprising blow.
“I just had these horrible, horrible stomach cramps,” the Georgia Institute of Technology athlete told MyFoxAtlanta.com. “I didn’t know what it was, didn’t know where it came from, how I got it.”
Medicine didn’t help, so he told Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson that he needed to see a doctor.
They thought that they could treat it and that he would be okay, Johnson told My Fox Atlanta. He came back and tried for a little bit, and then it would flare up, and he would have to be out again. I know it was frustrating, really frustrating for him, and scary for him.
Hill was diagnosed with Crohn’s after a CAT scan showed severe inflammation of his intestine. He missed three games of the 2013 season. In March 2014, he had surgery to remove part of his intestine.
Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain and constipation. There is no cure.