A Hidden Gem: Managing My Joint Pain

As you know if you follow me, I have been feeling great and continue to feel great! Being able to do and go all day long. Steroids are amazing! In that aspect at least. Since I am feeling better I have been looking at topics around social media and such that people have been reaching out to others for. One was joint pain and other was medications. Even though I am feeling better, I do have joint pains. Almost all the time, and sometimes worse than others. Many Crohn’s patients are prescribed medicine for this, one including opioids or narcotics. I was never given the option of this from any doctors I ever visited. Which now I realize is for the better. The pain can get bad but there are other options to manage it. Since we, Crohnies, are known to bleed.. Of course, ibuprofen, aspirin are not an option. And Tylenol and those types aren’t good for your liver over a long period of time. So what do we do? Well, I may have found a miracle worker. It is not an instant solution but it will do what we want it to, decrease this pain over time, in the long run. And it may also prevent further damage.

A couple years ago my dad was getting cortisone shots in his thumb because of an injury from work, he is a general contractor. He was scheduled for surgery on it, which could potentially ruin his career. Hands are a vital part of his job. Someone had suggested Imageglucosamine and chondroitin. Well, to think a little supplement would help this big problem was kind of far fetched but he decided to try it. Want to know what happened next? He cancelled his surgery! It worked! His joint wasn’t bothering him at all anymore. It was almost a miracle!

So, with this information I decided to try it out for myself. Experiment a little bit. It is a supplement so it is naturally occurring in the body. I figured it couldn’t hurt. All my life I have had the achiest knees, hips, and ankles to the point where some days it was a struggle to walk.. The joint pain is also affecting my back now on top of my herniated disk. And I know this was from the Crohn’s and all of the medication I’ve been on. The prednisone especially, as it causes bone degeneration (which I have in my spine). My doctor told me I should hands down be taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement at my age with my history. So.. here we go. I know taking pills is the biggest hassle in the world, and I’m saying this from experience. At times in my life taking up to fifteen pills a day. And feeling like an old lady with my pill organizer. But, I didn’t realize the difference this would make. Pairing up a tasty either fruity gummy or chocolate chewable calcium supplement with glucosamine and chondroitin, my joint pain was disappearing! I was even back in the gym. WOW was I amazed! The best brand to buy for the glucosamine and chondroitin is Osteo BiFlex. I’ve found asking other people and for myself it works the best.

Now, you are not going to get immediate results.. But overtime, as did mine, you should see a little bit of improvement. I’m not saying this is going to work for everyone but if I could save one person from going through this joint pain by reading this it would be worth it because it can make you miserable.

These other pain medications are not something to mess with. They actually cause rebound pain, and a medication used often for Crohn’s pain management you all I’m sure are familiar with is dilaudid. I learned quick after being on this with kidney stones that it causes rebound ABDOMINAL pain. The attending doctor at the hospital sat down and had a long conversation with me about it. He told me this was not a good type pain management. And I thought about it.. He was right, why treat your pain with more pain? It doesn’t make sense. These also mess with the chemicals in your brain. Which people don’t understand.. they don’t realize a lot the cause for depression, anxiety, anger, is actually being caused by a pill. So then they go to the doctor and add another pill to ‘fix’ or I like to say mask something else. Which is the last thing you need. When taking dilaudid I found myself crying myself to sleep, having violent thoughts, and a bunch of craziness was going on in my mind. It was not good. I know if my pain was so bad my doctor would never tell me I couldn’t have something but he is very good with explaining and educating me on options and the affects these meds have LONG TERM. Educate yourself and look up the different options.

I haven’t known a lot of Crohn’s patients to try this but it was a pretty good solution for me. It is definitely worth a try! It also provides a benefit to your body by blocking certain enzymes that attack the joint. So, next time your doctor offers you heavy duty pain meds, take a second and think about it! Joint pain is a huge issue for Crohnies, I just want to get some new ways to manage it out there and different options for treating it. Be aware of the medications your taking and every single side affect listed. It may not affect you right now, but I promise you it will later in life!


Keep on Smiling, Crohnie’s!

ImageSo another update on how my treatment is going.. I’m feeling really good tonight. In all aspects: physically, emotionally, and mentally. I actually feel great. My mom took my IV out tonight and I’m FREEEE! 😀

The prednisone did its job like it always does. Now I just have to keep up with my dose on oral meds. Kind of sucks though because I just started getting moon face; if you’ve ever taken prednisone you’ll know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. That’s the only frustrating part, but hey I’d take feeling better right now over anything! And something interesting, I have a herniated disk in my back which I’ve mentioned before if you’re a returning reader, but being on such a high dose of prednisone via IV has actually helped my pain. I’m planning on getting my butt back in the gym tomorrow! I’m so excited! Bought some hot new pink leggings just for the occasion 🙂


Feeling better has really brought some zest back into my life. Even though it’s only been a coupleImage days of feeling good you really learn to appreciate these times the most. With this unpredictable disease we have constant sudden ups and down. Never take one of those days of feeling good for granted. I know I don’t. I get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and can see myself glow at the start of a good day. I’m not a depressed person and never have been. Yeah we go through bouts of depressing times but you need to learn to cope with it. Life gives you lemons, squeeze those suckers and make some lemonade. Climb to the top of that mountain and overcome it. It will get better.


I talked to the doctor that is running the fecal transplant trial in Boston the other day and he told me I am most likely going to be entered into the study because it looks like I will qualify! I have high hopes that this could help me in the long run. It will be a rough month of several trips and testing done in Boston (2 hours away from my home) but hopefully it’ll be worth it. You get to the point you will do Imageanything to have a couple weeks or months of feeling good.

My head right now is in a really good place. I haven’t looked at myself in a while and thought “I look good” because I felt so sick. I’m finally getting my confidence up again and putting that big smile back on my face! Despite the IV I had stuck in my arm, I went out Saturday night with my girlfriends and had a blast dancing for a lot of the night. I haven’t had that much energy in a while. Yes, it didn’t last long but to even be able to go out and do that is amazing for me!

Took my trazadone tonight so I’m dozing off, just wanted to update you and tell all you Crohnies out there keep on smiling! 🙂


Attention all athletes!

I was going through old articles and pictures from when I was a dancer, gymnast, and diver. I found this article which I had completely forgotten about and thought it’d be something really good to share. Never let this disease take you down or hold you back!

I copied and pasted the article so it was easier for you guys to read rather than clicking on another link. It is from masslive.com. This article was written by a local reporter, Russ Held, and picture is by Dave Rowback of Westfield, MA.

Michelle Strattner, Westfield High school diver, to other Crohn’s Disease Sufferers: Don’t Give up


Westfield High School diver Michelle Strattner wants others with Crohn’s disease to learn how to cope with affliction as she has.

The last thing Michelle Strattner of Westfield wants to make is a splash.
Not as a second-year diver on the city’s high school swim team.
And not as a 17-year-old high school senior – battling a chronic disease – who just wants to feel normal.
Strattner is one of the leading contenders entering Thursday night’s Western Massachusetts High School Diving Championships at Springfield College. The boys and girls competition begins at 7 p.m. at Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College.
Making a splash while diving off the one-meter board could spoil her hopes of improving on last year’s sixth- place finish at the championships.
The bigger splash, or impact, she may ultimately make will come from being a role model to others.
Strattner suffers from Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. Excruciating abdominal pain and chronic fatigue are among many symptoms.
“I just want to be normal, to feel normal,” Strattner said. “The fatigue is so bad some days, I can’t even get off the couch. I’m 17 but I do feel like 87 some days. I really have to push myself just to do what everyone else can do.”
Few people – only some friends, family and teammates – know her battle. But Strattner has reached a point where she is comfortable sharing her story, hopeful to help others.
“I’d hope that others who have it, don’t give up,” Strattner said. “It’s really, really hard, but they can be normal. I just want to be normal.”
Strattner was diagnosed with Crohn’s as a seventh grader.
“I’ve had problems all my life. It was really bad in elementary school,” she said. “It was a relief to know what it was, but it was very scary too. It’s not really a disease people know about or understand.”
The condition can be hereditary, and Strattner said she recalls that her late maternal grandfather underwent four surgeries.
“That was the scariest part, knowing he had the surgeries and that it might be that way for me,” Strattner said.
Strattner battles Crohn’s, with no known cure, primarily with medication and rest, “and just trying to take care of myself.”
“I have to be smart about what I do,” Strattner said, “But it’s frustrating, to always have to deal with it. I have to give myself shots, and it is extremely painful.”
A late weekend night or overexertion can take it toll on her energy level for days at a time.
“I am usually run down for the next week,” Strattner said. “A lot of people ask and wonder why I have to miss so much school or why I have to sleep as much as I do.
“I have some really rough mornings. It’s a process every day. It doesn’t really get better. At points I have given up for a while.”
But through it all, Strattner has remained upbeat, knowing that “a lot of people have worse things to worry about.”
Westfield swimming coach Tom Lewis describes Strattner as humble, an inspiration and leader by example.
“The other kids see her as a role model,” Lewis said. “And if you told her that, she’d probably feel embarassed.
“She’s a young lady with great character. It’s rough enough being a high school athlete, let alone the challenges she faces. She always has this phenomenal smile on her face.”
On the diving board, Strattner said her senior season immediately exceeded her expectations.
“I thought I’d be rusty, I hadn’t done it since last season,” she said. “I thought I’d come in so-so and work my way back to where I was. But right away I did very well.”
Strattner holds the second- highest diving average (188.03) in the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference, behind only Lauren Weiner (193.0) of Agawam.
She broke a 15-year-old school scoring record at a single meet. That score of 226.95 ranks as the highest, by 5.55 points in the region this winter.
She started diving on a whim, less than 18 months ago, when a friend asked her to try out.
Strattner had been a top competitor on the high school’s gymnastics team, helping the Bombers win two Western Mass. team titles through her junior season.
“The same ability you need in gymnastics translates to diving … the technique, a lot of it came naturally to me,” she said.
She was named to The Republican’s All-Scholastic second team in gymnastics as a sophomore and junior.
“It was pretty hard on my body and I was a little burnt out on it … so I did not compete as a senior,” said Strattner, who trained and competed in dance for eight years.
Strattner said that if she is well-rested Thursday night, her physical condition and mental focus for a few hours Thursday night should not be affected by Crohn’s.
She’ll just be a normal teenager trying not to make a splash.

What is Your Relationship Status?

Even though I am only 21 years old I’ve still had my fair share of dates, flings, and relationships in my life so far. Having Crohn’s Disease has been a huge part of me dealing with this aspect of my life. This post isn’t just for those of you who have Crohn’s it is also for those who have a significant other with this invisible disease. I want to help each side of the relationship better understand dealing with this, specifically through my experiences. First of all, Crohnies, you need to know what you deserve and the type of person who can deal with this. Not everyone can deal with someone who is sick, and you have to realize this is okay because there are people out there who can. We just have to sift through all the fish in the sea. I can almost compare this to dating someone who already has a kid, it is a package deal.
holding hands
I’ve had boyfriends who didn’t know exactly how to deal with this. Which isn’t there fault, they don’t have the disease. At the time I probably should have been a little more understanding but then I think about it and I did exactly what I should have. I need physical, mental, and emotional support from someone (which any relationship should have) and I wasn’t getting it. For instance, I was admitted to the hospital for a kidney infection, kidney stones, and a Crohn’s flare up and was on watch for emergency surgery. At the time I had a boyfriend of only a couple months. He simply didn’t realize how serious it was so wasn’t there for me, and I took it hard. Clearly the relationship didn’t work but I think that it was the best for the both of us. I had to deal with the truth and be honest with myself as hard as it was.
The embarrassment of having to go to the bathroom countless times a day or the pain that comes along with it can be overwhelming to you when trying to meet someone new. It is probably the most embarrassing situation we can find ourselves in. I suggest breaking the ice ASAP. This is so important for a relationship you think is going to go somewhere. It is going to be an uncomfortable situation but figure out a way that is the most comfortable for you whether it be a joke, serious conversation, or being straight out blunt about it. You will know with the response you get how this person is going to deal with it. We have days and weeks of exhaustion, joint/body pains, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bleeding, along with a lot of other things. A lot of people think we are “lazy” because we are exhausted a lot of the time when sick. They need to understand our bodies are drained and it’s even frustrating for us. We have countless doctor’s appointments, are always getting stuck for our blood, getting tests done, hospital stays, and even surgeries. Someone with patience is key. Sometimes we don’t even have enough patience to deal with it ourselves never mind worrying about someone else.
I think overtime I have kind of been through a lot of guys on dates for the simple reason of I have this disease. It is hard to tell someone and at times I thought it was easier to just stop talking to them so I would push them away. But now, I’m coming to the age and point in my life I’m looking for a serious long-term relationship. And actually, it is the perfect timing for this because the past year or so I’ve learned how important it is to be open about having Crohn’s. I’ve had some great experiences with people dealing with me, it isn’t always bad. When I was in the hospital at one of my many stays, me and my ex were on good terms and friendly with each other, and even though we had gone our separate ways he was still there for me. I was in the emergency room for about twelve hours and he was right by my side. This is what we need, Crohnies. We need someone who is a caring person and more importantly who shows concern.
Everyone deserves someone who will walk through the rain for them. Meaning, they will do anything for you. In our situation though it is more of someone walking through a monsoon for us. Being sick I think I have learned to be extra sensitive about things in life and also very observant. I put my all into relationships and the last thing I want is someone who doesn’t accept me for who I am or doesn’t seem to care. I’ve adapted the attitude that if you can’t handle it or aren’t giving me the support I need you can walk right out that door, because I don’t need someone in my life like that. I look at thinking like this as a positive thing. I don’t want to settle. That is really what it comes down to.
Relationships have a lot of different aspects to them. One being the physical part of it. Some people put more emphasis and believe sex is more important than others. But, having Crohn’s Disease, this can be an obstacle. It is hard thing for some a lot people to understand. Pain, discomfort, exhaustion all play a part. Understanding from your partner is vital. They need to know the reasons and an explanation which is our responsibility to give.
To me, being comfortable with someone is huge as it should be in any relationship between two people. As for having Crohn’s Disease, in a nutshell, I want to be comfortable enough with someone that I can fart in front of them. If I have to go to the bathroom when were out, or have a potty emergency while driving I want them to be able to put the gas pedal to the floor and get me to the bathroom! I don’t want to have to hide that, and you shouldn’t either. I want to be able to laugh with someone about the embarrassments I’ve had in the past. Of course this might be tough or uncomfortable at first but as the relationship grows if you allow yourself to be open about it, it will be 1,000,000 times easier. Allow that person to be your best friend. Because if they truly want to be with you for you, they will deal with it. They will voice their concern and help you get through the hard times. One experience I will never forget was probably the most embarrassing thing yet. I had a boyfriend who I was really comfortable with but we had never had the conversation of my stomach and the humiliating things that come along with it. I was over his house and he was in the shower, I got the sudden urge… I had to #2. I didn’t know what to do because he was in the bathroom and I freaked out. I grabbed my keys to leave, but it was too late. I yelled at his mom asking where the other bathroom was downstairs, but it was again too late. I had in fact, yes, pooed my pants. I instantly started crying. Thankfully I had my emergency kit in my car (extra pair of pants, underwear, wipes, toilet paper, wash cloth, soap, and then some). I cleaned myself up and bolted for the door. I left in tears and a pit in my stomach without even saying bye. I thought it was over, I was so embarrassed I wouldn’t answer his calls or texts. I couldn’t even imagine what he was thinking. I was gross, disgusting, all of the above. I got home and ran up to my bathroom to take a bath and continued to cry my eyes out. I was 18 years old, who does that at 18 years old? Someone with Crohn’s disease, that’s who. I was unbelievably surprised by him showing up at my door. He had contacted my mom asking what he should do he felt awful and came over. I knew he didn’t know exactly what happened but he obviously had an idea. But in the end, he was there for me, and that was all that mattered. He just held me and told me it was okay. That day I knew there were people out there that could deal with someone having this awful disease.
All in all, don’t settle. If your significant other is complaining about starting a life with you along with the obstacles having Crohn’s Disease gives then either make them more aware of what you need or get out of that relationship. Stress is a huge trigger for flare ups. Dealing with the disease is enough stress as it is, we don’t need someone to add to that. You will find someone that can in fact make dealing with this easier. I promise you, there is a person for everyone. And as I have inked on my body “If it’s meant to be, it will find its way”. Don’t give up on finding that special someone. Let someone come into your life and help you fight this battle.
happy couple

Bleh. Frustration, complaining, whatever you wanna call it.


Today was a weird day. I was in kind of a depressed mood all day. I started my IV infusions of prednisone this morning. It was probably my worst day yet feeling wise. I was severely run down and my face was the color of the snow outside. I’m also starting to get sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had gained a few pounds but this morning I was back down to 90 lbs. I want to be able to be back at the gym and be able to do more than one thing a day. I went to dinner tonight with some of my girlfriends and our moms. This is a Thursday night tradition for us and has been for about 7 years. Going to dinner broke up my day a little and made me in a better mood seeing I was around people. But even being out for the couple hours I was, I came home and was exhausted. It’s crazy how little I can do. I feel pretty well when I’m home but that’s because I just lay on the couch and rest. As some people call it being “lazy” but sometimes that’s how life with Crohn’s is. I hate complaining, usually only my mom hears my complaints, but my frustration is just growing, and hey this is my outlet right. I’m as positive as I can be but sometimes you just have these days.

As I lay here hooked up to my IV, I can’t help but think why was I chosen to deal with this. Everyone has their problems in life, and deals with them differently. I wouldn’t wish this disease upon anyone. I’m envious of the people surrounding me being able to finish college on time and lead normal lives and hold down a job. I know I will have my time and my life will figure itself out but right now it just sucks. There’s really no other way to describe it.

I always try to put at least one positive thought in each of my blog posts. This effort has actually been helping me a lot. I guess I can say I am thankful this disease has made me as strong as it has. It could always be worse. I’m a strong person, but I couldn’t get through this alone. No way in hell could I get through this alone. It is something that eats you from the inside out. First meeting me you would never know I have Crohn’s. I look like any other twenty-one year old girl out there. And sometimes that is the hardest part. I have a love-hate relationship with this “invisible” disease. Obviously I don’t want that to be the first thing people find out about me. But sometimes it is too easy to hide. Or at least most of my life I’ve done a damn good job doing so. Not anymore though, I’m done hiding it. Take it or leave it, it’s me.

Writing this blog I’ve already had people coming to me for advice or help, and for people to look to me for that is amazing. Maybe this is why I was given this disease. To help other people get through their hard times. Crohn’s Disease isn’t who I am but I wouldn’t be who I am today if I wasn’t fighting this battle. And yes, it is a long, hard battle. But that’s life. Whattya gunna do.

Happy Day Today!

YIPPPEEE!!! No hospital for this chicka today! 😀


I was expecting to be admitted to the hospital today by my doctor in Boston for IV prednisone. But, he was nice enough to set me up with IV home infusions so I can be in the comfort of my own home. He is truly amazing! I am so thankful to have a doctor who is willing to work with other people to get me the best care possible. Him and my primary care doctor (who is also amazing) have been back and forth on the phone trying to figure this out for me. I cannot even contain my excitement that I will be able to be doing this at home. This is the first time I have ever done this and I am praying it works.

Today I felt pretty good, besides the morning. But, I always have bad mornings, that is my worst time of day with this disease. Got out of the house for a little while and ran some errands. Oh! and I finally found something to help me sleep! Not my favorite choice of going to another pill to treat this but the prednisone was making it unbearable. My doctor prescribed me Ambien. I was very hesitant to take it because when my mom had her thyroid out because of thyroid cancer she was too deprived of sleep and put on this medicine. But… it made her CRAAZY! Like homicidal crazy. We laugh about it now but it was very scary! Medicine does strange things to you that are beyond your control. She noticed it after one dose and thankfully stopped it! I took my first pill last night and it worked wonderful! I haven’t had any side affects yet, fingers crossed.

I start my IV infusions tomorrow morning. A nurse will come to my house, put in my IV line and mix up my meds then she will teach me how to work it. I’ve watched and had so many IVs taken in and out I could probably do it with my eyes closed. Although I have never administered my own drugs so this should be interesting. I’m glad my doctor trusts me enough to do this! But anyways, she will teach me this and I will receive two half hour sessions of IV prednisone via IV. When I’m not hooked up to the medication I am able to do what I want! Well.. mostly. I will still have the line in my arm but I have so much more flexibility than being in the hospital. This is new for me and I’m so excited! I will keep updating you on this whole process.


I am just happy I’ll be in the good company of my pups! I haven’t talked much about them but they are a godsend to me. I have three. Two Maltese: Zoey and Sugar and a golden retriever: Jackson. They are always by my side when I’m sick. It’s actually pretty amazing. And it’s amazing what the comfort of a dog can do. It’s a sort of bond that you cannot get with another person. Despite my illness I am pretty much obsessed with animals.. dogs especially. I couldn’t live without one. They’re always there for you. When I have my breakdowns about being sick and tired of being sick and tired I ALWAYS have a furry friend next to me licking my tears away. Jack even keeps me company when I have to sit on the toilet for hours at a time! They never fail to put a smile on my face. But then again, looking at these faces, how could it not make you smile! 🙂


Making a Difference One Letter at a Time

Thinking about my options this week for my IV prednisone treatment I decided to voice opinion and be an advocate for every adult patient out there. I decided to write this letter to the president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where I seek treatment now. It might seem something so simple and silly as the color of the walls but it could make a huge difference. Yes, I am only one individual, but sometimes that’s all it takes is one individual to make a difference.


Dear Dr. Nabel,


My name is Michelle Strattner and I’m twenty-one years old. I suffer every day from a tough case of Crohn’s Disease and seek treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I have had several hospital stays in my lifetime in several different hospitals, the Brigham being one of them, and the most recent one. I’m writing this letter to voice my outlook on my first stay at Brigham and Women’s.

I am from Westfield, MA and sought treatment here in Springfield for the first part of my journey with Crohn’s. Having such a hard time finding something that worked for me I was forced to travel two hours away from my home to Boston Children’s hospital. My first time there I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort and joy in the air despite the fact that I was being transferred by ambulance from Baystate Hospital. I was greeted by a nurse who knew my name. As hard as it was and as much as I cried my eyes out my atmosphere was what made my life a little bit easier for those five days.

I was lucky enough to be treated by Dr. Scott Snapper who works at both BCH and The Brigham. But, I found him wanting to transfer me over to the adult world of medicine. Which in the back of my mind I knew was the right thing to do for my health. This was one of the hardest decisions I have made yet with my care.

One morning awaiting Dr. Snapper’s decision, we got the phone call. It was him telling me to pack a bag I’m being admitted to Brigham and Women’s hospital. This would be my first stay there. I was terrified, as any 20 year old girl would be. As soon as I sat down with the lady in the admitting office the tears started flowing and I learned I would be sharing a room with someone else. I realize this is how any normal hospital operates, but why be normal? I don’t understand this concept. I am so susceptible to infection and catching other ‘bugs’ because of my medications this is a danger to my health. This is a danger to everyone’s health. I was lucky enough to get my own room while I was there and I thank your staff for being so sensitive to my transition from Children’s.

But, transitioning to an adult hospital also means sitting in an off white room, staring at nothing. Just because I am an adult now doesn’t mean I don’t like colorful walls and a “cheery” environment. This isn’t just for kids. I am confident in saying that I was dreading my next stay (which may be this week) at Brigham and Women’s hospital. I am preparing myself to beg my doctor tomorrow to admit me to Children’s instead because I know my visit there will be in better spirits and also there will be a place for my mom to stay with me at BCH. Just because people are independent when they are an adult this doesn’t mean they don’t want a loved one staying with them. My mom was forced to sleep in the hospital bed with me because there was nowhere else for her to stay at The Brigham. Thankfully we are both small people. At Children’s they had a built in window bench that didn’t take up much room but it gave her a comfortable place to stay.

Being sick isn’t fun, why wouldn’t you want to give your patients the best experience while in the hospital? It’s easy as throwing a little bit of color and colorful pictures on your wall and making it an easier environment to cater to loved ones as well as patients. You’re hospital gives some of the best care in the country, wouldn’t you like to be able to say it provides a great experience too? I’m not asking for drastic measures, just for you to think about this. Think about how us patients feel, now getting depressed staring at the stock white walls on top of being ill. After reading this, I want you to take an hour out of your life to go into one of your hospital rooms and sit there for a little while and just look around. How does this atmosphere make you feel? Now imagine sitting there for days, weeks, or months. Where would your loved one stay? These concepts are not just for children. We are living beings and need these kinds of things no matter what age. We need that feeling of life most at these points in our lives. An 80 year old man on his last leg of life might live a little bit longer just because of the happiness colorful walls and a positive environment could bring. This might sound silly, but this concept is real. And from experience I am asking you to seriously consider this request.


Thank you for your time.



Michelle Strattner