As lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, Mike McCready has lived the charmed life of a rock star for a long time, or so it seemed to fans. But rock star status couldn’t change the fact that Mike was also living the life of a Crohn’s disease patient. More than once, a Crohn’s attack forced him to run off stage in the middle of a concert in a desperate search for a bathroom. In a HealthTalk interview with Rick Turner, Mike shares his good and bad moments with Crohn’s disease and offers advice, encouragement and a lot of heart to others living with Crohn’s.
Rick: You take a straight-up approach when talking about a disease that many people are ashamed of, frankly, and pretty secretive about. Why are you so out there with your Crohn’s disease?
Mike: I was not always that way. I was quite embarrassed by it and ashamed and wanted to not talk about it and hide. After years of doing that and living miserably, my wife got tired of me complaining about it, and said, “Hey, look, you should try to lend your voice to this and promote awareness. Do something positive with this experience.” And so a light went off [...] continue the story