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Meet Laura Crain 

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Hello my name is Laura Crain, and I am a certified child life specialist at Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas. I have worked there for 17 years. As a child life specialist, I work with patients and families to provide developmental and psychological interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear and anxiety. I chose to become a child life specialist because I wanted to help patients and families through difficult times in the hospital.

When I began my career, I started in the emergency room at the hospital. After working in a Level 1 trauma center emergency room, I decided to change things up and work in day surgery. Once I moved to day surgery, I started working with the pediatric GI patients. As I started to meet more GI patients and speak with more families, I soon realized that these patients needed education and support outside of the hospital.

I began searching for resources that I could use to help families learn more about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It was at this point I heard about the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and found their amazing resources for those dealing with these diseases. I reached out to the Foundation and met some of the amazing staff who let me know about Camp Oasis, the Take Steps Walk, and the other activities and services they provide. Now, as I get new infusion patients, I always give them information about the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to walk along side my patients and families helping them through their treatments. Whether it is listening to their stories or helping them with education or normalization during treatment, I know that many of these patients will have to take medicine forever. I want to help raise awareness for patients and funds so that one day, we may find a cure or more efficient remedies. As I have walked along side with them in treatment, I am so excited and honored to walk along side with them and their families at the Take Steps Walk. I hope many of you can come walk with us on May 1 and help raise awareness and money to help those struggling with Crohn’s and colitis.are excited you’ve decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As a Take Steps supporter, you recognize that no one should have to deal with the fear, uncertainty, and pain of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We believe that when we band together in the fight against IBD, we can have a lasting effect on the lives of every person diagnosed today and in the future.

Meet Cameron Mateo Skeete

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In life, many events affect us and the decisions we make. Certain events change everything. They change our perspectives on life, behavior, and our mindset. My most life- changing moment was when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease during the second semester of my freshman year; I will never forget the time when I thought I would die. Throughout the entire month of October, I was having stomach pain. It came in random but excruciating increments throughout the day, causing me to have trouble breathing. My family and I thought it was just the Halloween candy I had been eating so we disregarded it. Later in the month, the pain progressed; it came more frequently and was even worse. I would wake up in the middle of the night screaming from the pain. After I was diagnosed with Crohn’s I started having treatment for it every two weeks, which caused me to miss a lot of school. It brought on more stress, causing my disease to flare up again.

The constant hospital treatments and going to the labs to get my blood drawn was a struggle and it made me unmotivated. It caused me to lose interest in the sport that I loved, and I started to experience depression. This experience was one of the lowest points of my life. It wasn’t until about two years after living with this disease that I started accepting that this was truly my new normal lifestyle. I can now keep up with school, treatment, and having a social life, and I’m also trying to start helping others get through similar experiences. This is why I am 100% committed to Take Steps. I invite you to join me.

This disease has changed my life for the better and will forever be a part of my life, and I will not use it as an excuse in my life. I will continue to pursue my passion in the future. This is something that is now part of me and has had the greatest impact on who I am today. I have learned that life is too short, so I am not going to spend my life feeling sorry for myself. What I originally thought was a curse is now a motivation for me to keep pushing through life’s greatest obstacles and achieve my goals.

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