From today’s Sporting News:

The symptoms started in early 2001, when Pettyjohn was just 23. They seemed minor at first—as minor as blood in stool can seem. When that problem didn’t go away, Pettyjohn went to a doctor and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon). Treatment—in the form of medication and doctor visits— began immediately. So did the nightmare his life would become.

This is the first of a three part article….

Here is the link to Part II.

Part III

4 Responses

  1. Steve Price

    Let’s hope he can make that next jump. We’re all just one bad synapse, germ, heartbreak, breath, accident away from not being who we once were…

  2. RiverCity Redleg

    I like Pettyjohn. He is going to be part of a pretty solid rotation in Louisville this year with Thompson, Maloney, Ramirez and maybe Bailey. I look for the Bats to repeat as IL West champs.

  3. Matt Steele

    Yikes, unfortunately I know quite a few people with Ulcerative Colitis….. terrible…

    Glad he could resume working on his dream and I hope he gets a few more chances in the majors before it’s all over

  4. Dennis

    My son has UC, just had to take a leave of absence from grad school in Pittsburgh as a result.