K.M. was an infant when her health problems first began, but she was not diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), until she was 30 years old.
Beginning in her youth, K.M. struggled with digestive issues that never went away. At 30, her pain got so intense that she went to the emergency room. After multiple misdiagnoses, hospital staff conducted a colonoscopy and ultimately determined she had a severe case of ulcerative colitis.
It is people like K.M. whom uBiome is proud to support during the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s SF Take Steps fundraising event this May 5th. We invite the entire uBiome community to join us in the walk to promote research, treatment, and programs for people with IBD.
As K.M. shared her story with uBiome, she explained how having IBD interferes with her life. As a high school science teacher, she noted that it can be scary because she can’t leave her students alone if she needs to suddenly use the restroom. Working out for twenty minutes often leaves her exhausted for the rest of the day.
“It can be hard to leave the house,” K.M. admitted. K.M.’s IBD story is not uncommon.
Treating IBD can be even more complicated than the diagnosis and can precipitate additional health challenges.
Over the years, doctors prescribed various medications to relieve K.M.’s symptoms. She has been on anti-inflammatories, steroids, and even a low dosage of chemotherapy to help shut down her autoimmune system and thereby lessen the inflammation in her colon. K.M. is now on a prescription biologic, which she hopes will serve as her long-term method to reach clinical remission.
K.M. discovered the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation shortly after her IBD diagnosis, and she says it has helped her subside feelings of isolation and desolation that this disease can trigger. She reads the blog posts and comments from fellow IBD patients and has reached out to a few to establish personal relationships.
While attending the Northern California Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s SF Take Steps event last year, K.M. made friends in the area who also have her condition. She mentioned that there’s a difference between having friends and family offering support versus a fellow IBD patient.
“It’s a necessary and special relationship to have with someone who shares my diagnosis,” she said. “The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation has functioned as the liaison to connect me to these individuals.”
This year, the Northern California Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is recognizing K.M. as their “Honored Hero” for the 2018 SF Take Steps event, taking place on May 5th at Fort Mason.
uBiome is inspired by stories like K.M.’s and we are proud to sponsor, for the second year, the SF Take Steps event. Our company’s roots are embedded with the goal to empower individual health, and we want to embrace the larger uBiome community who shares that aspiration.
uBiome welcomes you all to join Team uBiome at the SF Take Steps event in support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
We’d love to come together with our larger uBiome community to support this organization and its mission to improve the lives of those affected by IBD.
Please sign up here to join Team uBiome and raise money for such a worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you May 5th!
If you have any questions about signing up and joining Team uBiome for the SF Take Steps event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.