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...
Proudly rocking the orange and blue at a Take Steps walk!
My family and friends have been a great support, and great disability support services at school to make sure my professors are on the same page as me.
I'm a senior this year, studying Astrophysics and East Asian Studies at Valpo. I keep myself busy with my classes, tutoring, and doing research. I love astrophysics and am applying to graduate school this year to go get my Ph.D. I’d like to study solar physics and hopefully someday end up being a professor at a large university teaching and doing research. When I’m not in class,...
Major: International Business and Economics, minors in Spanish and Leadership Studies
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
My name's Nicole and I'm a sophomore at UNCW on the southeast coast of North Carolina. I'm a beach bum from Jersey (Marlboro during the school year, Avon in the summers), so it was only natural that even hundreds of miles away I'd stay at the shore. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 8 and started going to Camp Oasis in Kintnersville a few years later. I've spent five summers there, and it changed my life. The people I've met through the CCFA and through camp are constant reminders that my disease is not a crutch or an excuse for mediocrity. I have watched so many people I have so much respect for do amazing things that they were told their IBD would stop them from doing. I am so lucky to be healthy enough to go to a school I love far from my doctors and my family, so I make sure I use my obstacles to make me stronger and more capable than I ever could be without them. My curse is my blessing - as much as UC sucks sometimes, I'm so thankful for all of the great things it's brought into my life.