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My Life as An Advocate in 2013

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Camp Oasis Michigan

Camp Oasis is a summer camp for children and teens who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This year I had the LITs again after a couple years of having a regular cabin. My co-counselor was Colin and we also had Blake with us part time. The LIT program is a special leadership program made up of the oldest male and female campers at camp. They learn not only to be leaders at camp but also in life as they go off to college with IBD and transition into having a more independent role in the management of their IBD. 

For more information about Camp Oasis visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Intense Intestines Climb for Crohn's & Colitis

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Intense Intestines IBD fundraising rock climb by the founder, Brian Greenberg. I met my friend Marisa for the first time in person this weekend and stayed at her house with her and her family. 

Crohn's and UC friends in NYC

While I was in New York for the IIF event I got to spend some time in the city with Brian, Marisa, and Mallory all of who I met this weekend but knew online for awhile. It’s such an easy transition of friendship from online to real life. 

Get Your Guts in Gear ride for IBD

My 2nd year participating in GYGIG. This year I was a crew member which was much more suited to my capabilities at the time. Every stop for the riders had a theme and I mine was pirates which was perfect because I had just come back from Camp Oasis where the theme was Cowboys and Pirates and I got to wear my Captain Coloness costume again to this event. I had so much fun with everyone. 

GYGIG is a 150 mile bike ride fundraiser for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

Gut Together Patient Meet Up

The Great Bowel Movement routinely hosts patient meetups in the midwest for IBD patients

IBD Girls Weekend

I met these wonderful friends online and we’ve had a private Facebook group where we chat. They’ve become really great friends and we finally met in person. Both Beth and I had just gotten discharged from the hopsital the day before. I almost thought I wasn’t going to make this trip and I did have to miss out on the New York GYGIG event that I was also going to do during this trip.

In loving memory of Beth <3