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Living with Crohn's may present unique challenges during times of change, but it doesn't have to hold you back. Leslie Shrager can attest to that. Leslie's been living with Crohn's since age 9, but hasn't let it stop her from moving away to college and following her dreams. Learn more »

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NHL star Kevin Dineen shares his story. Learn more »

Two women talk about their experiences living with Crohn's.

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Dr. Ann Bregman's 8 Cs to help manage Crohn's in times of change.

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Setting goals can be tough, and even harder is making—and sticking to—a plan to achieve them. But with the right mindset and the tools to get you going, nothing's out of reach. Take Chicago-based Markus Boos. Little did he know that his Crohn's disease would lead him to pursue dreams he didn't know he had. Learn more »

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Tips for making sure you have access to your Crohn's medications.

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One comedian's hilarious take on exercise and Crohn's.

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One man with Crohn's learns the value of keeping your friends "in the know". Learn more »

When pro football player David Garrard was diagnosed with Crohn's, he feared his disease would keep him off the field for good. But with the support of his family, friends, teammates and pastor, he was able to come to terms with the ups and downs of living with Crohn's.
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Continue the legacy of one man and his fight to spread IBD awareness.
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Time to assess your current treatment?
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Crohn's is covered under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Tag along with roving antique dealer and cultural historian Frank Fritz from the History Channel's American Pickers. Frank's had Crohn's for more than 25 years, but that hasn't kept him from traveling the back roads of America looking for antique treasures.
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Comedian Ben Morrison shares tips for traveling with Crohn's.

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See how this student managed Crohn's while spending a summer in Spain. Learn more »

Scientists identify new genes linked to Crohn's disease. Learn more »

Cindy Watkins kept her Crohn's a secret for more than 40 years. Now, at 52 years of age, she's finally started to open up to family, friends, and even a therapist. Find out how talking about her Crohn's led Cindy to a support system that helped her heal in more ways than she can measure.
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Crohn's can really throw you for a loop...and that's OK! Learn more »

Readers share how they started talking about Crohn's. Learn more »

No one knows better what it means to have Crohn's or what it takes to cope.

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After her ileostomy surgery, Lisa Becker wanted to hide her body—and the ugly white underwear made for people with ostomies. Though she couldn't control everything about her disease, Lisa decided she could change her underwear—literally. Through designing and sewing underwear and starting a company to sell them, Lisa wound up not only helping herself, but thousands of other women and men with Crohn's. Learn more »

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What are the essentials in your Crohn's closet?

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Two college students get beyond the challenges of living with Crohn's-and put their best foot forward. Learn more »

Abby Ryan talks about competing in Miss America pageants-and having Crohn's. Learn more »

Having struggled with Crohn's for many years, Klari Reis finally found a creative way to cope with the disease-finding inspiration through the lense of a microscope. Not only did Klari find her own therapy by trading an architecture career for art, but now her works can be found displayed all over the globe.
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How to make the most of your doctor's visit. Learn more »

A school teacher and graduate student talk about visually expressing their invisible disease and how it's become a positive way to find joy.

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Actor and playwright Jonathan Mirin discusses the benefit of sharing his story on the stage. Learn more »

Burrill Bernard Crohn was no ordinary boy. Living on the Upper West Side of New York City, Crohn was very into academia, graduating from high school at age 13. At 23 he completed medical school, and his career accelerated when he identified the disease that would bear his name. Learn more »

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Staying up to date on your vaccines can make a difference.Learn more »

What exactly causes a flare?

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Could a bone marrow transplant help someone with severe and active Crohn's disease? Seattle researchers just got the go-ahead for a clinical trial that could provide some clues.
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From personal to practical, people are sharing their Crohn's-related treasures on Pinterest. Learn more »

A revelation about his Crohn's led Sean Ahrens to build an interactive social support network for monitoring and reporting. Learn more »

Tips for avoiding the pitfalls of constant online networking. Learn more »

More and more people with Crohn's are finding that participating in Crohn's-related causes provides more than essential fundraising, awareness and research nationwide-it also rewards the volunteer with physical, mental, and emotional benefits. From organizing regional biking events to planning elegant silent auctions to serving as advocates, Stephen Marcus, Jay Pacitti, and Amy Payonk have found their own unique ways of making a contribution. In addition, the outpouring of support they've received from others helps them realize they are not alone in their efforts.
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How can you encourage folks to talk openly about Crohn's? Tell them to ask you about it! Great Bowel Movement founders Andrea Meyer and Megan Starshak started a conversation with a T-shirt and a sense of humor.
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Can't swing a donation to the Crohn's community right now? No worries! Check out 7 ways you can give back and feel awesome about it.
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Could a bone marrow transplant help someone with severe and active Crohn's disease? Seattle researchers just got the go-ahead for a clinical trial that could provide some clues.
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Sometimes it can be embarrassing to discuss your Crohn's with anyone other than your doctor. But ABC anchor Cynthia McFadden notes that "it is silence that separates us." Since her diagnosis, Cynthia's life with Crohn's has been challenging. But her willingness to talk about it with others helps her manage the disease. The result? Living an "exotic, interesting life."
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"What is Crohn's disease?" Here are some responses to help raise awareness and increase understanding when someone asks you that question.
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Tips on better doctor-patient communication from Crohn's Advocate Elayne Becker and Dr. Charles A. Sninsky, gastroenterologist.
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Could a bone marrow transplant help someone with severe and active Crohn's disease? Seattle researchers just got the go-ahead for a clinical trial that could provide some clues.
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