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The Seedless Strawberries

Welcome to the Seedless Strawberries page! I'm the team captain, Jacinda Kamakaris and I want to tell you a bit about myself. I have had Crohn's Disease for six years, ever since I was diagnosed at nine. We are called the Seedless Strawberries because when I was being diagnosed, the skin and seeds of the strawberries were bad for my stomach so I could not eat them. Since they were my favorite food, my mom and dad cut the skin and seeds off of the strawberries so that I could eat them.

When I was diagnosed, I was scared and in pain with no visible end in sight. I was always sick, rapidly losing weight, and had frequent diarrhea. I was hurting and did not know whether or not it would stop. Nobody knew what was wrong with me, and my parents and docters were frantically trying to figure out how to help. Evuntually, after a lot of blood work, stool tests, and a colonoscopy/endoscopy they finally figured out that I had Crohn's Disease. After that, everything started to even out. My doctor put me on a medication that worked, I learned what I should and should not eat, and I got constant testing done to make sure that my inflammation wasn't getting worse. One year later I was officially in remission!

Crohn's Disease is a form of IBD, or inflammatory bowel disease. There are two main forms of IBD: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). IBD is a lot like IBS (Irratable Bowel Syndrome), but IBD patients get visible scars, ulcers, and inflammation in the tissue lining areas of thier digestive tract, whereas patients with IBS don't experience scarring. Patients with Crohn's disease usually experience inflammation in their entire digestive tract, whereas UC patients only have inflammation in the colon.

I am asking you to donate to our team because I want to help the community that helped me achieve remission. My fundraising goal this year is to raise $5,000, which represents $1,000 for each year I have been in remission. Thank you!

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