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Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Resources

Named after the famous gastroenterologist, Dr. Burrill Crohn, the disease first became regarded as a medical condition when it was described by Crohn and colleagues 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.

There are further instances described by John Berg in 1898 and by Antoni Lesniowski in 1904. In 1913, Kennedy Dalziel also reported on the condition at a British Medical Association meeting and the paper was published in the BMJ.

It’s reported in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis that Sir Samuel Wilks, in a case report written in 1859, was the first physician who used the term “ulcerative colitis” to 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 resources for people to access such as brochures, which people can download from their website. The brochures touch on many topics such as giving more information on their organization, surviving and thriving, food for thought which is on diet and nutrition, talking about cancer, a parents guide as well as sexuality, relationships and more.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada also has online education webinars throughout the year as well as research reports that can be downloaded.

Their website also has a Kelowna Community page with a calendar of events. Currently there is a virtual focus group operating until September 17. This is for people 18 and over. It’s part of the Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE) initiative, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will be conducting a series of90-minute virtual focus groupswith Canadians across the country, giving you the opportunity to share your opinions and experiences related to your IBD care. All focus group participants will receive a cash honorarium for participating.

There is also Music for the Gut Virtual taking place Sept.10-11. This is a fundraiser for helping raise funds for treatments and cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.

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

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