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Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Resources

Named after the famous gastroenterologist, Dr. Burrill Crohn, Crohn’s disease first became regarded as a medical condition in 1932. However, the first explanation of Crohn’s was from Giovanni Battista Morgagni, an Italian physician who diagnosed a patient suffering from a debilitating and long-term disease that caused diarrhea.

It’s reported in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis, that Sir Samuel Wilks was the first physician who used the term “ulcerative colitis” in 1859. He describe a condition similar to what is understood as UC today.

One in 40 Canadians live with Crohn’s or Colitis. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada have many resources available that can be downloaded from their website. These resources touch on many topics, such as information on their organization, surviving and thriving with Crohn’s disease, diet and nutrition, a guide for parents, and sexuality and relationships. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada also provides online education webinars throughout the year as well as research reports that can be downloaded.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will be conducting a series of 90-minute virtual focus groups. These focus groups are part of the Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE) initiative. They give patients the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences related to IBD care. All focus group participants will receive a cash honorarium for participating.

Another great resource is Music for the Gut Virtual, a fundraiser for treatments and cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. This fundraiser takes place on September 10th and 11th 2021

There is also Kelowna Community Resources that has information on volunteer opportunities and other contact information.

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