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Finding a way

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Joined November 2017

Hey there! My name is Vanessa and I’m an ulcerative colitis warrior. I was diagnosed in 2014. I was going to a doc... read more

Crohns and HIV

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Joined October 2017

I'm 29 years old. For as long as I can remember I've had abdominal issues. I even went through extensive testing... read more

Physicality and self expr...

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Joined October 2017

I am a 33 year old professional athlete, aerialist and visual artist. I was diagnosed at age 20, small intestine resecti... read more

Community Forum

Stuggles being teenager
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Joined Nov 17, 2017

Hey, Dakota. My name is Kelsey. I'm also 14. I was also recently diagnosed with Crohn's. I get what you mean about there being no one to talk ....

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Stuggles being teenager
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Joined Nov 17, 2017

Hey, Dakota. My name is Kelsey. I'm also 14. I was also recently diagnosed with Crohn's. I get what you mean about there being no one to talk ....

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Humira
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Joined Sep 13, 2017

I have been on Humira for 6 months with good luck, I have severe fistulating crohns. My GI has hundreds of pts on Humira, none with serious infec....

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. The medical field is growing and advancing rapidly through the years, how come the colonoscopy procedure is so invasive as well as the small bowel follow through? Are there diagnostic tests that are much easier on the patients and less invasive? What would be the worst case scenario if a patient were to refuse those types of procedures when suffering from Crohn's Disease?

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Treatment

Q. Before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s I already had a weak immune system. I’m about to start a biologic IV infusions. Should I be wearing a mask after my treatments to avoid getting sick or picking up germs?

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Disease Education

Q. I was diagnosed in 2013 (UC) and currently take Apriso. I was in remission for about 2 1/2 years. I had short-lived flares in 2015 and 2016 that responded to Canasa. Both flares happened around the same time (fall). I think that I might be at the beginning of another flare, and I noticed that it's the same time of year as the other flares. Is there any research to suggest a connection to flares and their recurrence at certain times of year (i.e. seasonal issues)?

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