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Approaching a Severe Case of Crohn's With a Coach's Mindset

Joe, a basketball coach from California, has one of the most severe cases of Crohn’s that his doctor, Dr. Mahadevan, has ever seen. Each time Joe has a surgery, he has complications when he returns home from the hospital.

About Joe

Because of Joe’s constant complications, it has been hard for Dr. Mahadevan to get Joe’s Crohn’s under control. In the last eight years, Joe has gone through more surgeries than most other patients in the Crohn’s community go through in their entire lives. But recently, Joe was able to get his disease under control with medication treatment, and with any luck his Crohns will soon be under control.

Joe and Dr. Mahadevan have created an open and honest e-mail exchange about Joe’s condition over the years. Joe often e-mails Dr. Mahadevan to discuss things like flare-ups, treatment side effects, and surgery complications. This has led Dr. Mahadevan and Joe to actively pursue methods for fighting Joe’s Crohn’s, which will be instrumental in keeping his Crohn's under control.