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The Vast and Varied Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Vast and Varied Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In 2018, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada released a report on the impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Canada, the first wide-ranging look at IBD and its impact on Canada since 2012. Considering that Canada has one of the highest rates of IBD in the world, the report was invaluable. Unfortunately, few people in the general population actually know what IBD is, let alone Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. It’s estimated that approximately 270,000 Canadians live with IBD, and that number is only expected to rise. By 2030, the report suggests that the number of...
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Occupational Therapist Denied Disability With Crohn’s Diagnosis

Occupational Therapist Denied Disability With Crohn’s Diagnosis

As an occupational therapist, Ken believed in helping others through physical activity and learning to connect with their bodies in new and unique ways. When he was 35, he decided to try and push himself by putting his money where his mouth was and adding to his exercise regime. He started running more and working out more regularly. He started to notice a change in his body and attributed it to the exercise. Unfortunately, there was another reason. He started to lose weight. Slowly at first, and then progressively more quickly. He noticed more abdominal pain than usual,...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Impacts Canadians at High Rates

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Impacts...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be difficult to talk about. Many people with IBS are unlikely to advertise their status, and the silence can mask the prevalence of the condition. That’s why it’s helpful to have statistics. In truth, Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world, affecting 18% of the national population (the global rate is closer to 11%). That puts a significant strain on the Canadian healthcare system. It can take up to four years to make a positive IBS diagnosis, and those tests are expensive. The annual medical bill for an IBS patient is,...
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‘Gutsy’ Short Documentary Sheds The Stigma About Crohn’s

‘Gutsy’ Short Documentary Sheds The Stigma About Crohn’s

“Honestly,” says Ryan Nesbitt, “Crohn’s is, like, the most inconsistent thing.” This sentiment comes at about the six-minute mark in Nesbitt’s short documentary, Gutsy. The short focuses on Nesbitt and Jessica Grossman’s experiences with Crohn’s disease, from their diagnoses in childhood to the present day. For those who live with Crohn’s disease, this sentiment will be very familiar. For the rest of the unaffected population, however, the details Nesbitt and Grossman share may come as a shock. It’s estimated that approximately 270,000 Canadians are living with...
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Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes pain and swelling in the gastrointestinal tract. One of the most common symptoms is diarrhea, forcing patients to make frequent trips to the restroom in order to avoid a potentially embarrassing mishap.    However, that’s not the only reason Crohn’s is considered a disability, nor does it capture the full scope of the disease. The abdominal pain associated with the disorder can be debilitating, and it can lead to other complications like abscesses, fistulas, rectal bleeding, and anemia. The inflammation can also disrupt...
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Returning To Work Leads To Denied Benefits For Ulcerative Colitis

Returning To Work Leads To Denied Benefits For Ulcerative Colitis

Lizzy was an Information Systems Analyst who loved her job. At 29, she lead a healthy, active life. Then everything changed. One day, out of nowhere, she started to have severe diarrhea. She liked to try out the newest restaurants in the city, so she just chalked it up to a bad meal. But then it happened again and this time her stool was bloody. She started to suffer severe cramping and abdominal pain while she was at work and kept having to leave her desk to run to the bathroom, which often turned out to be a false alarm. She couldn’t focus on her job, so her performance...