Team I.B. Walkin' for Jenni
Welcome to team I.B. Walkin' for Jenni!
Our team is walking and raising money to support the crucial work of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. This year's Take Steps walk will be May 14 at Oaks Park in Portand. I'm excited to attend and meet local organizers who have provided me with invaluable information and support as well as other patients and their families and friends. I'll be updating this page over the next few months as hopefully Jenni achieves remission status again.
Approximately four years ago, Jenni was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. After a brief hospital stay, the first three years were very manageable and she was able to go in remission and live her normal life. After an uneventful, healthy pregnancy, a second baby arrived and all seemed to be good. Fast forward 6-8 months after Sophia arrived and Jenni's symptoms began to worsen. At first she thought it was because she was due for another injection and was hopeful that would turn things around.
As her symptoms continued to get worse, it became apparent this was not going to change soon. Add in Covid-19, working from home (with an infant), home schooling a kindergartner, hormanal changes from the pregnancy and you have the perfect storm of a high stress life! Monthly hospital stays (3-6 days each) starting in January 2021 and lasting through late August (with a brief respite September - December) made for a very long and difficult year. With the new year Jenni had high hopes of achieving remission; however, the abscess was infected again and back to the hospital she went in early January 2022.
One of the hardest things about all of this is that due to Covid, Jenni had to literally be dropped off in the ER. A time when the comfort of family would help, it was prohibited. No visitors at the hospital (other than her husband and mom for a few months prior to the Delta and Omicron variants) and very limited interaction with other friends and family. An emergency appendectomy, infected abscesses, and fistula problems (you can look that up on your own) have certainly taken a toll on Jenni and her family. Thankfully, a very supportive husband, mom/grandma, close family and friends have helped throughout the ordeal.
Millions of Americans are living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and currently there is no cure. Take Steps is the Foundation’s largest nationwide fundraising campaign, helping to accelerate the progress of breakthrough research and to support critical patient programs. Take Steps also brings the community together in a fun, family-friendly, and supportive atmosphere and lets patients know they have a community who supports them.
Please help us reach our team goal of $2,000 by donating or registering and fundraising. Your support will help the Foundation invest in cures for the future, while providing support to patients today.
Leaders in Research: The Foundation has invested more than $400 million in research toward cures since its inception. They remain laser-focused on reducing time to disease diagnosis and improving disease management. The Foundation continues to lead the way in critically important areas of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, and to accelerate novel therapies and innovative products that address unmet patient needs.
Empowering Patients and Caregivers: The Foundation serves millions of patients annually, and empowers both patients and caregivers through education, support, and advocacy programs. Examples include COVID-19 resources, expanded pediatric support, influencing legislation, and focusing on diversity and inclusion.
Do you know someone who is affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? Join our team and share our fundraising page to spread awareness in the community!