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I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In October I will hike in the Team Challenge Hike Zion. 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?
In 2018 I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease after fighting severe symptoms for six months. Prior to being diagnosed with Crohn's I have always suffered with gastrointenstinal symptoms since I was about 15 years old but the symptoms were not severe enough and doctors always said it was just stress. For those first six months in 2018 I was in denial that there was anything wrong because of my previous experience with doctors and their dismisal. I am doing this challenge to bring awareness and help make a difference in this fight.
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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