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My husband, Mark, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease twenty-five years ago. He has had multiple surgeries and have used multiple medication to manage his symptoms. Things became more complicated four years ago when our son, Jack, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and 5 short months after our daughter, Kristina, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.

...continue reading "The SCD Journey of the Woodward Family"

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“This diet is just too hard to do” said the high-caliber gastroenterologist as he explained to me that, while he believes the diet can help, he will not recommend it to his patients.  I wish he could meet Anna and her family. They believe that when there is a will, there is a way. Anna meets challenges with resourcefulness and determination, and her efforts are worth it!FullSizeRender3

...continue reading "Anna Maintains SCD In Boarding School and While Traveling The World"

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Will you be informed of serious health issues after your child turns 18? Would you be able to help if needed?

At age 18, teens gain legal control over all their healthcare information. HIPAA privacy laws prevent parents from accessing their child’s information and restrict a parent’s ability to influence medical care.

When parents send their teens to college they assume that, after paying for tuition and for health insurance, they will have the right to be informed and consulted in case of an accident or when a severe health challenges arises. NOT SO!

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Our son is a diet veteran, with over five years of eating strict SCD and mentoring people new to the diet. He knows that this diet granted him freedom from pain and from medications. However, while the diet led to wellness, the diet also created some dependencies that we cannot ignore.

Taco beef and salad
Teen packed lunch: Taco beef, eggplant salad, yellow lentils, fresh garden salad, olives and cheese.

...continue reading "Diet and Independence – SCD and Teens"

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