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The real struggles of three IBDers

On a normal day, car trouble or a busy grocery store are minor inconveniences. When you add Crohn’s or Colitis to your schedule, your normal day can turn into a bad dream in no time.

To raise awareness of this struggle and show how strong these survivors are, we wanted to share three encouraging stories as we look forward to the bright future of IBDers.


Amber Lopez Pelton, Crohn’s SurvivorImage may contain: 2 people, people sitting and indoor

I’m still wearing purple to raise awareness for IBD💜💜💜 I thought someone fixed the brake lights a while ago, but some nice man honked his horn& told me they were out still out. Being in a bad flare, I had an extra change of clothes& took the girls with me& changed& cleaned myself the best I could while I got the truck serviced. It was very embarrassing but The Automotive place treated us very well& gave us a good price& understood. They got to see a little bit of a taste of what us IBDrs go thru on a daily basis, behind closed doors. It can cause depression as well. It’s an autoimmune disease!! So please, take us seriously, many have passed from this& it can b hereditary.

Let’s fight for a cure everyone!! 

Oh& it can turn into Cancer without proper treatment. So let’s raise awareness& fight for a cure💜💜💜Stay strong my IBD Warriors!!


Nicole Lynn Cochran, Ostomy SporterImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text

I am 28 years old and have suffered from severe ulcerative colitis since I was 19. For years I hid my illness and was embarrassed to talk about the painful and debilitating symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

I had gone through over 30 medications including biologics, high dose steroids and even forms of chemotherapy with no relief. My colon was killing me. Three weeks ago I went under the knife to remove my diseased colon. I have two more surgeries to go to create my jpouch and to reverse my ileostomy.

I wear a bag and I am not embarrassed, and I have no reason to be.

This bag is giving me LIFE and I intend to take full advantage of that.

I have come a long way from the 19 year old girl that was afraid to talk about her illness. I have an ostomy and I am proud of it!


Image may contain: one or more people and plantAmber Schieber, Lifetime IBD Warrior

I’ve had Crohns Colitis and IBD since I’m 9 years old, I’m 20 now, my disease is so sever it has moved into my lungs and has caused respiratory diseases. ” Just breathe” is written in my parents handwriting, symbolic to, deep breath, everything is going to be okay, one step at a time.

Everything does get better, don’t give up, fight like a girl.


Cheat sheet: Endoscopic Ultrasound

The digestive tract gets some help with endoscopic ultrasound.

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines technologies to get a complete view of the digestive tract.

An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure where a doctor inserts a flexible scope into a patient’s hollow organ in order to take a look at the digestive tract. An ultrasound uses – get this – sound, to create an internal map. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is just what it sounds like: a combination of endoscopy and ultrasound.

Debra Deidrick, RN and clinical coordinator with Troy Gastroenterology, gave us a quick overview of EUS.

Endoscopic ultrasound “allows the physician to evaluate mucosal and submucosal lesions along with pancreatic lesions and lymph nodes,” says Deidrick. “Both the upper and lower GI tract can be inspected” with EUS.

Since the tracts can be more thoroughly inspected, doctors can look more closely at tumors, cancers, pancreatic disorders, rectal muscles and intestinal nodules, among other things.

Since EUS combines technologies, it gives a broader picture of the internal organs and digestive tract than other procedures.

To prep for an upper EUS, patients must stop eating after midnight the day of their procedure. For a lower EUS, an enema is needed to clear the rectum of any stool.

Some of the risks associated with endoscopic ultrasound are “perforation of the bowel, bleeding and/or infection,” says Deidrick. But with an experienced technician, these symptoms should be minimal and mild.