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Welcome to my page on Crohn's Disease. My name is Annee and I was diagnosed with this disease on August 27, 1998. For those of you out there who don't really know what it is, here's the rundown for you.

Crohn's Disease, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), is a disease of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It predominates in the lower part of the small intestine (ileum) and the large intestine (colon), but may occur in any section of the GI tract. Crohn's usually causes diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, fever, and at times, rectal bleeding. Loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss may also occur. Symptoms may range from mild to severe, but people with the disease can live active and productive lives.

Crohn's Disease is chronic and the cause is unknown. Medication currently available decreases inflammation and usually will control symptoms, but does not provide a cure. It has been estimated that as many as 2 million Americans have IBD. Males and females seem to be affected equally and while it affects people of all ages, most cases are diagnosed in young people in their teens and early twenties.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. Publication 1015

Annee's Crohn's Support Group
This is a group, hosted by yahoo. NEW! Old club was accidentally deleted. If you were a member previously, you must reapply!

Complications of Crohn's Disease
Here you will find a question and answer page on common complications of Crohn's Disease.

Q&A on Emotional Factors
On this page, you will find some of the most commonly asked questions posed to physicans about the relationship of IBD and emotional factors.

Common Symptoms of Crohn's and UC
A list of the most common signs that you may have this disease can be found here.

My story
Here you can read about my ongoing experiences with Crohn's Disease. Updated 6/2/2003

Crohn's Disease, UC and IBD Books
This page has discounted books from Amazon.com. There will be titles added often, so check back! Updated 4/2/2002

Message Board
See what others with Crohns and UC are talking about.

Chat Room
This is a Java chat and sometimes takes a few minutes to load. Group discussions are held every Monday at 10pm, Eastern Standard Time

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Crohn's Friendly Recipes!
I need some our YOUR Crohn's friendly recipes to post here. This way visitors can get some delicious and easy to digest meal ideas!
If you have a great and yummy recipe you would like to post on this page, email me at amcovino@mail.com

I am looking for a few things from my site visitors! I would like to include all of you in further pages to be added soon. I am looking for your Crohn's or UC stories, recipes, medication side effects, or words of encouragement to others with this disease. Please send me an email to amcovino@mail.com if you want me to add your thoughts here! Please include if you would like your email added or not added to the web site. Thanks!


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Links to other Crohn's Sites

CCFA's Find A Doctor; Find a GI doctor in your area
The Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America; CCFA main page
WebMD Crohn's Section; Updated Crohn's information
Teens with Crohn's Disease; Great site for young people dealing with this disease
Michaels Homepage: A place for people with Crohn's; Informative site
Crohn's/Colitis Home Page; Many links to other Crohn's related sites
Crohn's Disease Resource Center; Excellent site from healingwell.com
Crohn's 4 Kids; a wonderful site dedicated to kids with Crohns

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