Yesterday was the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk in San Francisco. I was grateful to participate (last year I was too sick), and we had a lot of fun. There were a ton of people there, including lots of folks from UCSF, whose team included by surgeon, nurse, GI, and Rebellious Colon. I was part of the San Francisco Social Support Group team, and it was great to meet some other young folks who have dealt (are dealing) with similar concerns. This was the first time I’ve (knowingly) met anyone else without a colon, and it was nice to see folks living their post-colon life to the fullest. (As a sidenote, SFSSG’s co-founder wrote one of the first J-Pouch blogs I found when I was considering surgery. It was a tremendous resource at the time and an inspiration for this blog, and it was great to put a face to the words.)
The event raised almost $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research and patient outreach, and—thanks to my extremely generous friends, family, and colleagues—I was the #2 individual fundraiser, collecting over $4500! If you are interested in giving, you can still do so here. Thanks!
I look forward to participating again next year. With a baby, and without an ileostomy.