The Cost of Crohn’s: Bonus Costs!

Healthcare isn’t the only thing you spend money on when you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness. Our author breaks down her other costs: 

$100: “Loungewear” for when my abdomen hurt too much to put real clothes on

$100: Taxis to and from the hospital

$100: Added to my food budget for times when I was too sick to get out of bed and make myself something to eat

$50:  iTunes for trashy shows to watch while I was sick in bed 

$100: Girly things. I generally feel terrible about my appearance—being sick made me lose 15 pounds, and steroids made me return to my normal weight, plus 25 pounds—so I treat myself to the occasional manicure and pedicure and cosmetic purchase; I would have never done so before

$12/month: Supplements. I take B-12, Fish Oil, and Calcium because Crohn’s means I don’t absorb nutrients properly

$1,100: I also had to cancel a Spring Break trip to Istanbul, so I ate the airfare and my share of the hotel room (the world’s tiniest violin, I know). I’m now one of those people who buys travel insurance

$10,000 The biggest non-medical cost has been taking a leave of absence from school due to three weeks in the hospital and associated recovery time. While the school (very kindly) returned my tuition money, I couldn’t “return” the loans I’d taken out for living expenses.


The author is in law school. Her medical costs are detailed here



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