Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's walk for a cure. In this video, participants talk about how these diseases have affected their lives, and why they're taking steps toward a future without them.
Living with IBD is difficult, and I have learned that honesty and openness, and trusting friends and family, will help me live with this disease.
I am a senior at Emory University double majoring in Chemistry and Psychology and getting ready to apply for medical school. At Emory, I am the current Chief of Operations for Emory EMS, a Chemistry TA, a part of the sailing team, and a member of...
I am proud to say I am living a healthy and normal college life, well as normal as any IBD patient can have, and am so grateful to be where I am today.
My name is Monica Johnson and I am currently a junior electrical engineering major at The University of Texas at Austin. I am involved in several engineering groups on campus and love to explore Austin in my free time.
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when i was 16 years old. I went through tons of different treatments and nothing was working for me. My family and I decided that surgery would be the absolute last option, but it came to be that I needed the surgeries. I had my first surgery and recieved an ileostomy. When my surgeons and doctors removed my colon and studied it, they said that I had one of the worst cases of Ulcerative Colitis they had ever seen. I thought having an ileostomy was the end of the world. Every time I had to change it I would just sit there and cry I thought it would never end, but I wasnt in pain anymore. I recieved my second surgery, where they gave my my j-pouch. My third surgery is when they reversed my ileostomy. I couldn't be happier that day! Now I lead a normal life but take immodium to control everything. Every once in a while there is a little bump in the road and get pouchitis. I am very thankful that this happened to me, it made me who I am today. If you need someone to talk to or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me!