Crohn's over caffeine :-)
Crohn’s disease... who knows much about it?
Up until a year ago, not me! Over the last year, an insanely inspirational friend, who was recently diagnosed with Crohn's, has given me a whirlwind education in a disease which can be life changing and downright unfair... I’ve learned it arrives without rhyme or reason, it usually develops between the ages of 13-30, just as life is starting to become an adventure... and there is no cure.
So, this year I thought I’d put my lucky stars to good use, and do my bit to help those whose lives have been made tricky by Crohn’s.
I’m doing a little swim-bike-run this summer to raise much needed funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
It’s an Ironman 70.3 in Maine, and I’m hoping to finish between 4.5 - 5 hours (closer to 5 for charity's sake)... so here’s the big ask, can you dip into your change pocket and help an amazing cause with a $4.50-$5 donation... which also happens to be about the price of an extra morning coffee... (Crohn’s over caffeine today!)
I promise to train (+ grind) hard, and put your coffee bucks to work!
I’ll be forever grateful with big un-caffeinated love xx
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis:
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), affecting both men and women equally but generally arising in early adulthood, around 13-30 years old.
The causes of Crohn’s disease are not well understood. Diet and stress may aggravate Crohn’s, but they do not cause the disease on their own. The inflammation causes severe pain, bleeding and diarrhea, and although medication can ease symptoms, there is no cure.
People suffering from Crohn’s often experience extreme abdominal pain, loss of appetite, low energy and fatigue, unwanted weight loss, and among younger children, Crohn's may delay growth and development.
Crohn's and Colitis are chronic diseases, which means patients may experience periods when the disease flares up and causes symptoms, followed by periods of remission when patients may not notice symptoms at all.
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.
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