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My battle with Crohn’s Disease

I worked for 12 years without calling in sick.  That is, until 2010 when I started experiencing more frequent flareups.  Just recently my body finally gave in to Crohn’s disease.  I was diagnosed when I was just 17 years old and have often fought bouts of pain from flareups.  This however, was not like the other times.  My disease had progressed and I had formed an abscess that I tried to ignore because I hate missing work.   After spending several days in the hospital, I started to hear from so many people who also suffer from this disease.   To help shed light on this illness that is often not talked about, I interviewed my gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Noar out of Towson, MD.

Dr. Noar says that while most people can live very fulfilling lives with Crohn’s, not everyone is as lucky.  He talked about the dangers in ignoring symptoms, how the disease progresses over the years and the various treatments that are available to try and keep Crohn’s in remission.

For more information on Crohn’s visit: http://www.crohnsandcolitisinfo.com/
For more information on Dr. Noar visit: http://www.gastro-doc.com
Watch the full interview:


3 Comments to “My battle with Crohn’s Disease”

    Sheila O'Neill said:
    May 14, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    Excellent interview with Dr. Noar on Crohn's Disease. He's an engaging educator and delivered the information in a manner that was understandable for the everyday person. Glad to see Fox 43 making room to let Crohn's Disease come out of the closet, so to speak. I live on the West Coast and know people from the Hollywood community that deal with it but the disease remains a well kept secret in those circles. It seems it takes someone brave like MaryEllen to be authentic and tell it like it is. Kudos to Fox 43 for standing with her . It speaks volumes for management. Good luck, MaryEllen in this healthcare battle. God Bless!

    Amy said:
    May 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Thank you for posting this. Very informative.

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