Crohn's Disease

Everything you should know about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

CCFA Patient and Family Education Conference

CCFA Patient Education ConferenceYesterday1 I attended CCFA Illinois’ 17th Annual Patient and Family Education Conference. This year’s conference featured a number of great speakers from the U.S. and Canada, and focused on many of the current hot topics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Below are links to the speaker presentations, as well as my tweets related to each speaker (drawn from live tweeting done during the conference).

Thanks to CCFA and the many speakers and conference volunteers for putting together an extremely educational and informative event! …

  1. Saturday, April 21, 2012 []

Concert Auction: They Might Be Giants

Alternative rock pioneers They Might Be Giants are performing at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater this Friday (October 28), and you could be there!

I am auctioning off one ticket for the concert, with all proceeds to benefit CCFA’s Team Challenge and their effort to defeat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Details follow below the video.

Team Challenge: Why did I recommit?

Team ChallengeI’m currently mentoring nine individuals who will run or walk the 2011 Las Vegas half marathon as part of Team Challenge. We are two weeks aways from the recommitment deadline, which is when Team Challenge participants must make a final decision about whether they will commit to completing 13.1 miles in Vegas and reaching their fundraising goal.

Las Vegas will be my sixth half marathon with Team Challenge and periodically I am asked why I continue to run and fundraise with the group. The following excerpt (from an email I sent to my mentor group this morning) explains why I have recommitted to running the Vegas race with Team Challenge this year: …

The Online Date Auction Has Begun!

My Online Date Auction to benefit Team Challenge1 is now underway! The winning bidder will receive an all-expense paid evening on the town. In addition, every person2 who donates $30 or more during the Online Auction will receive a bottle of wine from Napa Valley.

The Online Date Auction runs until 5:00 PM CT on Friday, May 20, 2011. Additional details, complete rules and the link to bid are available on the Auction Page.

Final Update — May 20, 5:00 PM: The Date Auction now is over, and it wrapped up with an exciting (and unusual) photo finish. For the results, visit my Team Challenge donation page.

Thank you in advance for you generous support of Team Challenge!

  1. Team Challenge is a half marathon training program that raises funds to combat and find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. []
  2. Female or male []

The Coveted Cork Award

Recently I was hospitalized for yet another new (new to me, at least) Crohn’s-related side effect — in this case a nasty blood infection. Unlike most of my Crohn’s issues over the last several years, this wasn’t something I could simply rearrange my life around. I ended up spending five days in the hospital, followed by two weeks where every single day I am going to the hospital’s outpatient infusion clinic to receive IV antibiotics.1

The bottom line is that I’ve missed a chunk of work, as well as been completely out of training for the Napa to Sonoma half marathon. (I’m running the Napa to Sonoma race with Team Challenge in order to raise both awareness and research funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.) It will be a challenge to jump back into training and be ready for the half marathon by July 17, but after this recent setback I am more committed than ever to doing whatever it takes to wipe out these diseases.2  …

  1. My course of antibiotics should be completed in another week on May 21. []
  2. To find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, we need your help. You can support my Team Challenge effort here. []