Swimming & Biking & Running Towards a Cure!
I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On May 9th I will participate in the Santa Rosa 70.3 Ironman! This will be a big undertaking, but it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will help us get closer to the cure. Won’t you please consider a donation today?
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 12 years old after being sick for two years and confusing doctors as to the cause. Once I was diagnosed I began going to many different doctors appointments, trying different medicines and finally finding something that worked to make me feel better. It worked for a while- and then it stopped working, so again, doctors visits, new medicine and again finding one that worked.
Last year, it began again, the symptoms came back, the medicine I was on wasn't working. This time (after a few years without changing meds) the doctor gave me SO many options! I could try a different pill, try an infusion, give myself an injection- and there were different types of infusions available! I realized there's been a great deal of change since I was diagnosed 17 years ago and felt excited about the new treatments available to me. Now I get infusions of Entyvio every 8 weeks, an easy enough process that I'm thankful for because it makes my symptoms go away and I feel normal.
I'm raising money for CCFA so that the available treatements CONTINUE to get better and in the hopes that one day there will be a CURE for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I know I have been lucky so far and have had mild symptoms and have been able to find medicine that works and even go into remission for quite a bit before this last flare up. I also know that that could change easily and I could be faced with much bigger problems from this disease.
Will you help me with a donation to CCFA?
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects almost 1 in 100 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD.
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