I have made it my purpose in life to bring more awareness to IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) which includes Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I have Crohn's disease and have lost my colon because of it. I am particularly focused on explaining the different surgeries one with these diseases may be faced with. Surgeries which are in no way a cure for them. I advocate for minimally invasive surgeries and highly encourage those faced with going under the knife to identify a surgeon who will perform this type of surgery when possible. In addition, I have taken on the goal of swimming 24 miles across Lake Erie to raise money and awareness for IBD. I made my first attempt July of 2013 and after swimming 6 miles had to abandon it due to several factors. My 2nd attempt will be Summer 2014.
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