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Climb to Cure Crohn’s and Colitis
Dear Patients and Friends,
I am excited to share with you a personal project that I will be working to achieve over the next 5 months….
On a hot summer day, Yosemite Valley temperatures can reach 95 degrees. But if you’re hanging by a rope from the Leaning Tower, with an average 110-degree overhang, the wind howls through your ears and the cool air pierces your skin. On an aid pitch you can hang from the belay for hours without contact with your climbing partner; a tug on the rope and the familiar “off belay” bring you back to the job at hand. The next 3 days, we live on the wall.
In June 2015, that job will be climbing the Leaning Tower to raise research money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
I am a naturopathic doctor, a patient with ulcerative colitis and I love to climb. Today I’m asking you to sponsor me as I Climb to Cure Crohn’s and Colitis.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They are autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks the bowel, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding. Medications may reduce symptoms, but there is no cure.
At age 15 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which caused my immune system to attack my colon, resulting in severe and prolonged bloody diarrhea. My condition required hospitalization and multiple blood transfusions. Between the ages of 15 and 18, I spent several months each year in the hospital. Ultimately my large intestine had to be removed. After two surgeries and several months of recovery, I became healthier and returned to a more normal weight and manageable way of life.
I continue to be treated for IBD there is no cure. In addition to symptoms in the bowel, IBD may cause arthritis, fatigue and in my own case pulmonary disease (chronic bronchiolitis). My immune system, no longer able to attack my colon, creates inflammation in my respiratory tract; it’s like having chronic pneumonia that treatments can only manage, but not cure.
Thanks to research, there have been many great advances in drug therapy, but there are still complications. It is my hope that one day research will find a true CURE for this disease.
I would appreciate your support through sponsorship of my Climb to Cure Crohn’s & Colitis today. Your sponsorship of the climb is 100% tax deductible through the CCFA and will support research that will benefit the over 1.4 million Americans who suffer with IBD.
Thank you for sharing in my journey,
To donate see: www.c4now.org
For updates on the climb see: www.facebook.com/C4now
(The Leaning Tower, Yosemite)
Never, never, never give up,
Trina Seligman, N.D.