What is the meaning of all of this?

(Featured the original “Crohn’s End” blog: Daniel’s stay in the hospital during his recovery from an emergency surgery due to a ruptured intestine.)

I am a Student at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism. I created this site because I was angry. I recently had another “flare up” of a disease that I thought I had under control. I am determined to share as much of my experience as possible… because if I don’t, I feel like my time here is just a waste.

I call this site Crohn’s End, because in my ideal world I put an end to it. I lead the heroic battle against this meaningless monster who goes around bullying so many of us. While I may not be living this dream, I do believe that this disease can end. There is research being done; advancements are being made. We have already come so far.

The simple fact that I am able to receive this surgery is a miracle (albeit a horrific one) that many in the world will never experience. The fact that we do have advanced medicines that are helping people with Crohn’s put their symptoms on hold is a good thing.

In my opinion, this is still not enough. When it comes to health care everyone should have it. Everyone in the world should have equal access to quality medicine. No one should have to suffer like this. Lives are far too valuable to be brushing aside while business as usual goes on.

Since this is a social network feel free to contact me directly through the site. If you also have Crohn’s (or colitis for that matter) then use this place to make some noise. It would be great to see other people’s videos, writing, etc.

This site is not a source of medical advice and has no experts. All we can do is recommend that you find a good doctor. Always consult your doctor before you begin or end a medication.

Feel free to share diet, nutrition, and exercise information. All of us should be thinking more about not getting sick in the first place. If you do share information make sure that it is not affiliated with any products, that it is from a reputable source, and that it relates strongly to Crohn’s and other digestive diseases like Colitis, or IBD.

But for the most part, just think about something you can do to put and end to this disease, or any disease for that matter. Life is not meaningless when we help channel our efforts into helping remove our neighbor’s suffering.