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The End of This Disease

A little over a week ago, I got news that my brother, Daniel, had gone into surgery because his case of Crohn’s Disease had reached a point where the wall of part of his small intestine had ruptured.   Crohn’s is a disease which, in basic terms, causes your digestive system to turn on itself, and the victim begins to digest their own digestive organs.   Of course, it is painful.  Those who have Crohn’s Disease can live relatively comfortably with medication, though it can worsen or turn on them at any time, as happened with Daniel.  He has now had 30 inches of his small intestine removed.

Since my brother is a very motivated and busy guy, a sudden confinement to a hospital room for recovery is probably more of a mental torture than the physical pain for which he can push a button to get relief.   So to keep busy and productive, he picked up his laptop in his hospital bed and created a social network for those who suffer with Crohn’s or for those who are friends, family, or well-wishers.  He decided to make his experience a public one, in the interest of building awareness and helping, in any small way, to bring about an eventual cure.   His network is called Crohn’s End and can be found here:

I’m proud of Daniel for using his adversity as a way to make a difference for good.   A few days ago he asked me during a Facebook chat if I’d be interested in making a sort of themesong for his network.   I told him I’d be happy to, so I paused my usual work and before the day was over, I’d written and recorded a song which I called “The End of This Disease”.    It is not a brilliant song or anything– I’d hurried since I wanted to have it for him the next day.   But I feel like I did a little something to help, and that is what makes a difference.   I know that many of us don’t have the money to donate to every cause, of which there are many great ones.  But we do have a little bit of time, or a little bit of talent, or a few connections, and with whatever we have, we can still make a difference.

Crohn’s is only one of many diseases that still plague so many in today’s world.  We’ve come a long way in treatment for the ailments of mankind, but there is a long way to go.   When my son, Dylan, was 7 years old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent).  He has done a great job of managing his chronic condition, and there are tools he can use that make things easier than in years gone by, like his handy insulin pump.  But it is something he will have to live with the rest of his life, until there is a cure.  Every year, there is a fund raising event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation called The Walk for the Cure, and my family participates locally.

In my own neighborhood, within a radius of about three blocks (in a small town) there are a half-dozen women who have had to fight breast cancer.   My family is part of a team that participates in the annual Relay for Life event that raises money for the American Cancer Society to fight cancer and find a cure.   What’s I’m saying is this– it doesn’t take long for any of us to look at our own families, or at our group of friends, or at our neighbors to find somebody who is fighting a disease.

So, I wanted to take a moment on today’s blog to encourage everybody to take just a moment, find one that is close to you for whatever reason, and find a way that you can chip in and help in even a little way.  Hopefully, with everybody uniting and bringing what they can to the table, we can witness in due time, one case at a time, the end of this disease.

If you know of a good event or cause to help fund research or care for those who suffer from diseases, feel free to share a link and information in the comments section of this blog.  Just click on “Comments” under the title.

Now, just a bit about the song I wrote for my brother.  I wrote a song that I think can apply not only to Crohn’s, but to other diseases and struggles.  When I made the music, Daniel had wanted it to be upbeat and something danceable (not brooding), so I kept that in mind.  Still, towards the end of the track, I wanted there to be a sense of frenzy or confusion (or intense emotion) that can overcome a person stricken with disease, but then in the last couple of measures right before the song ends, some strings come in that bring a hint of joy or happiness which would be felt when the chaos is over and we rise victorious at the end of the disease.    Once again, I’m far from brilliant, and you may not even hear what I’m saying when you listen to the song.  Maybe you’ll just think, “well, that was weak”, so I apoligize if my lack of skills gets in the way.   But here is the song for you to check out:

“The End of This Disease” by Saudade

And here are the lyrics:

Take away this pain
And bring me back whole again

Please take away the pain
I never want to feel it again
But it’s part of my condition

So it comes around again
Like internal acid rain
Making poison from nutrition

I didn’t ask for this
And neither would you
You don’t draw the lots

For things that you’re put through
But if given the time
I’ll come rushing out new
Bring the end of this disease

When I feel like I’m alone
In this bed where I’m reclining
And my life I am defining

I’m aching to the bone
And questioning the timing
But conviction is now refining

I didn’t ask for this
And neither would you
You don’t draw the lots
For things that you’re put through
But if given the time
I’ll come rushing out new
Bring the end of this disease



3 Responses to “The End of This Disease”

  1. Great post, Great song.

  2. thx for the song, Todd!

  3. Todd,

    Just discovered your blog today. This post on your brother — and the song — really struck me. I had a brain injury a few years ago, so I can relate, sort of, to what he’s going through. You’re doing him a MASSIVELY GREAT service by writing this upbeat tune and helping to raise awareness for Crohn’s.


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