When the swelling in Kelly’s ankle wouldn’t go down, the family sought medical attention. Eventually she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and inflammatory arthritis. Pain, swelling and skin ulcers led to hospitalizations and to trying more than 20 different medications — all without relief.
Eventually, her health failed her to the point that Kelly had to stop the teaching job she loved. Some days she resorted to a wheelchair because the pain was so overwhelming. When her doctors said she would need to stay on steroids for the rest of her life and that she was out of other options, she remembered hearing about the vagus nerve.