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Welcome to the journey! I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On June 21, 2020 I will participate in the Ironman 70.30 Des Moines. 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!
The Physical Act:
I will attempt to transform from a runner who goes in and out of training into a triathlete that has never taken a swim lesson or that even owns a bike! Please follow this journey with me:
• My blog here on this page
• Facebook: @JamieMann70.3MeaningfulMiles
• Instagram: @70.3meaningfulmiles
The Cause and my connection:
Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS and other digestive diseases have been in my vocabulary since I can remember. You know the grown up chats you heard at Thanksgiving or birthday get-togethers, yea I wrinkled my nose too and went to find a cousin to chat with instead. Then it became real, my sister was diagnosed with Crohn’s, then multiple Aunts, a cousin, a cousin’s wife, classmates and now a close co-worker. I’ll admit, sometimes I don’t know what to say or do. Should I even ask about it? Oh, they will bring it up if they want me to know – I would tell myself.
Invisible diseases can be so difficult for those around to understand and they are not among the media blitz like cancer and heart disease so little may be known or understood by many. I always have the urge to want to “fix it”; I can’t on my own so because these individuals are in my heart and on my mind, I have partnered with the Crohn’s & Colitis foundation to raise funds throughout my training.
I look forward to you joining me and please consider a donation or reach out and tell me your story on how you are touched by one of these diseases.
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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