Girls-With-Guts: Lauren’s Story

When Giving Up a Dream Really is the Best Thing

I became a runner almost immediately after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. For some reason, despite the blood loss, the anemia, emaciated body and new diagnosis, my disease didn’t strike me as serious at first. It was no different than chicken pox or strep throat. Okay, sure, I’ll take my medication and feel better. The thought that I couldn’t do something because of my disease simply didn’t occur to me, and I’m grateful for that naiveté. Not knowing just how bad ulcerative colitis could get, or how much it could impact my running journey gave me the courage to start. It started with a 5k. Then an 8k. A few half marathons. Several marathons. Before I knew it, I was deeply engrossed in the running community and surrounded by a group of incredibly athletic friends. They’re the kind of people who think training for an Ironman, a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, is a lot of fun. The more I became one of them, the more just running marathons seemed insignificant. I decided I wanted the challenge of triathlon, but swore up and down I would [...] continue the story

My Life, My Colon and Me – Liz’s Story

A documentary following the life of an Ulcerative Colitis sufferer.

Anemic Enigma & Cardio Bunnies

By Julie Devaney

“When she called me last night with the blood results she had a grave tone of voice. I was approaching my best friend’s house on a country road a couple hours northwest of Toronto. Even though I was expecting the call, the whole getting-medical-results-on-speakerphone thing was slightly creepy,

“Hi Julie, how are you feeling?”

They only ask this when something’s up. But I’m seriously bored with medical drama so I didn’t bite,

“Great! How are you?”

“Um, I’m fine. But your results aren’t good.”

“Ok, so what’s my hemoglobin?”

She gave me the number and asked, “”Can you come in tomorrow?” adding, “You really should’ve come in a lot sooner.”

Blah blah BLAH. Definitely not the news I wanted.

Now it’s tomorrow and I’m sitting here with my IV. It’s both concerning and not, at the same time. And I can’t decide whether I feel more vindicated or irritated.

2004 I had my third and final bowel surgery, and by 2005 I needed regular blood transfusions because for some reason my body just gave up all responsibility for storing and producing iron. Many many many tests and specialists later, with heavy speculation about other autoimmune disorders and possible cancers nobody ever figured out why.

As the nurse who [...] continue the story

Rubber Side Down

What began as an idea became a challenge. From a challenge, a commitment was forged. With a commitment, anything is possible. It is an epic Canadian adventure best summed up in three words: Coast. To. Coast. Spanning over three months in the summer of 2008, two amateur cyclists would attempt to pedal 8,000 kilometers from Victoria, British Colombia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in an effort to shed light on Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis – tragic bowel diseases that are in dire need of a voice. What they discovered will astound you. Experience a film that depicts the vastness of our land, the spirit of our people, the hilarious mishaps of two young lads, and a struggle that unites us.