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 junior 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.
Major: Elementary Education- English/Language Arts
Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Hi! I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in July of 2007, and was able to manage it prettty well up until two years ago. Since then, it's been a roller coaster of physical and emotional issues. I was in and out of the hospital, on and off of prednizone, and just about anything imagineable that we all go through when enduring a flare up! YAY! Through holistic and western medicine practices, I've been able to somewhat get a handle on my health. I'm fortunate enough to say I'm not on any strong prescription meds, just Asacol. I really began struggling with the disease in terms of feeling embarassed and so alone. No one understood my struggle. I didn't have any friends who had Crohn's or Colitis, and I felt so ashamed of what my disease had become: constantly having to worry about where the bathroom is, if I will have to go to the bathroom, if people hear me go to the bathroom, how long I'd be in the bathroom...you get the point. It took a lot for me to grasp what had changed with my health, and I still to this day will never know what or why, but I've stopped searching for the why, and started doing something about it. I got more involved with our group on campus, and am now the president! I also had the opportunity to be a counselor at Camp Oasis this past summer where I literally had the time of my life, and was changed. I met some of the most incredible people who have become my life-long friends and guided me through this battle. I've become so passionate about advocating and raising awareness for IBD! I've gotten a better handle on my disease, both physically and emotionally, and realized that sometimes we will NEVER know the 'why'... It just is what it is. Everytime I meet someone with IBD I get so ecstatic! I want to help everyone, although I realize that's not possible; but this has become my passion and I could not be happier. Please feel free to get in touch with me :)