Help me reach my goal of raising $500 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. This year, I will be TAKING STEPS for those impacted by ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
This is a deeply personal issue for me.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was in my mid-20s. Back then, I was more concerned about losing my hair. In the beginning, doctors controlled my symptoms using common drugs. I cycled through short flare-ups followed by long remissions.
UC affected my life in many ways. Fearful of flare-ups, I declined opportunities to travel overseas and missed once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. During flare-ups, I avoided long outings like hiking, biking and camping - activities I loved! Over time, the flare-ups lasted longer and the remissions were shorter. I started rating restaurants based on the cleaniness of their restrooms.
Moving to California in the spring of 1995 triggered a severe flare-up. For the first time, I experienced bloating, cramping and level 10 pain. I ended up needing surgery. I was lucky to have some of the best medical professionals in the world treating me and an incredible support network of family and friends. Prior to the surgery I weighed 145 pounds. But that was my body fighting UC. Six months after the surgery I weighed a "robust" 175 pounds.
It was a long two years before I could move forward with J-Pouch reconstructive surgery in 1997. I was again extremely lucky to have incredible doctors, support, and health insurance. 25 years later, I still love my J-Pouch and the life it has enable.
I am grateful for doctors who boldly pioneer these new medicines and surgeries. Their research needs funding. It is my turn to give back and help the next generation.
Please help me raise money for the doctors and researchers striving to eradicate UC and Crohn's. Chances are you know someone suffering from one of these debilitating diseases.
Your donation will support local patient programs and important research projects. This cause is important to me and I appreciate your help.
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect more individuals than you may think – it is estimated that as many as 3 million Americans suffer from IBD. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings the community together in a fun, family-friendly and supportive atmosphere. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.
The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is: To cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.
Do you know someone who is affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? Join my team or share my fundraising page to spread awareness in the community!