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.
My experience with Crohn’s disease has been anything but typical. The disease was discovered not because I showed symptoms, but because in seventh grade when I got my appendix out, doctors happened to discover an inflammation in the same area. After several tests, Crohn's was diagnosed, but the disease remained in a dormant state until November of eleventh grade, when it flared...
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Cheering on the crowd at a recent Take Steps walk in NYC
Take Steps is the CCFA of America’s largest fundraising event. We raise funds and awareness while we come together to celebrate the steps that have been taken toward cures!
The support and advice from other teens fighting IBD is exactly what could have lifted my morale.
I am a junior nursing major at Villanova University, and I am from Bethesda, MD. I’m involved in both the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia chapters. The past four years, I have participated in the DC chapter’s Take Steps walk, which is one of my favorite awareness and fundraising events. I also participated in my first Day on the Hill in May, where we lobbied to congressmen and...
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 sophomore electrical engineering major at The University of Texas at Austin. I was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Allen,TX when I was seven years old. I have a younger sister who's 15 and a younger brother who's 9.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was just 5...
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!