Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It causes symptoms like chronic diarrhea, cramping, pain, bleeding from the rectum, and an urgent need to use the restroom.
The condition affects as many as 700,000 people in the United States alone, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Many of these people suffer in silence, often isolating themselves because of the effects of the disease. For them, the following videos can offer encouragement to live a fulfilling life.
We’ve identified the best videos online for those suffering from Crohn’s. Each is unique and each has earned recognition for the service, support, and even entertainment they provide.
6 Food Facts for Crohn’s Disease
When you live with Crohn’s, you have to pay special attention to your diet, because the disease can make it difficult for your body to get all of the nutrients it needs. Similarly, some foods can make your symptoms flare up, so it’s best to steer clear of these. In this video from Healthgrades, you’ll get tips about what to eat and what to skip, how to ensure you’re getting the right nutrients, and finding a doctor to manage your Crohn’s.
Alex: Hope for Tomorrow
Alex Bancroft is just 9 years old and is living with Crohn’s disease. Narrated by his father, this touching video from Weill Cornell Medicine shows clips of Alex playing sports, eating dinner with his family, and receiving injections from his father, as well as the hospital’s approach to Crohn’s treatment.
Interested in learning the basics about Crohn’s disease? This video from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is your basic educational video covering everything you need to know to get a foundational grasp on the disease. This would be a great video to show the newly diagnosed.
This two and a half minute clip from CNN profiles Pilates instructor Zayna Gold, who says that before her diagnosis, she thought she was getting extreme food poisoning on a regular basis. For Gold, a combination of diet, lifestyle, and medication is effective in keeping her symptoms under control. But she also credits her relative success with having a positive attitude.
Crohn’s Disease – Confidence Vlog
In this clip, David Ward discusses a side of Crohn’s not often covered: the damage it can cause to a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Ward uses this opportunity to discuss these struggles and how people with Crohn’s disease can overcome them. This is a great video for anyone who thinks of themselves as “less than” because of Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s Disease – Ellis Taundry’s Story
Ellis Taundry used to be very active, playing football with his older brother on a regular basis. Since his diagnosis with Crohn’s disease, however, his activity and interest in his former favorite sports has waned. This video is Ellis’s story. His older brother shares in the narration, and his obvious concern and compassion for his brother alone makes this video worth a watch.
Crohn’s Disease in a Nutshell
JMANCURLY is a young YouTuber who illustrates fun videos about everything from vacations to Pokémon Go. This video is a little more serious, however. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 12 after a severe bout with diarrhea. A visit with the doctor landed him in the hospital. Here, he talks about the basics of Crohn’s and what his experience being diagnosed and learning to cope with the disease was like.
Crohn’s in Control: Brooke Smith’s Story
Like for many people with Crohn’s disease, eating was so painful that Brooke Smith struggled to do it. In this video from Stanford Health Care, you’ll hear about her journey with Crohn’s, including her treatments. The video includes interviews with specialists from Stanford and computer graphics to help explain the disease.
Exercise and Crohn’s Disease
Exercise is crucial to maintaining optimal health. It can even help manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, like Crohn’s. However, because of the symptoms of Crohn’s, working out can be difficult. In this video, Breezie Bitter explains how she uses fitness to help her cope with Crohn’s.
Following in Footsteps, Blazing a New Trail
In the first two weeks after his diagnosis, Larry Nance, Jr. grew 2 inches and gained 20 pounds. The son of an NBA star, his growth had been stunted by Crohn’s. Now, he’s a professional basketball player with the NBA. We love this video because it illustrates that people, and kids in particular, don’t have to give up on their dreams after a Crohn’s disease diagnosis.
Growing Up with IBD
Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease is hard at any age, but if you’re a child, it comes with unique challenges. This video from New York-Presbyterian Hospital focuses specifically on their pediatric treatment program for Crohn’s, which helps children with inflammatory bowel disease adjust and experience a normal childhood. This includes ensuring that they’re treated fairly in school and that their disease doesn’t interfere with their education.
I Have Crohn's Disease Story
A lot of people don’t want to talk about Crohn’s disease, but vlogger Kevin Heimbach, who was diagnosed at 16 after losing 40 pounds, takes this opportunity to tell us all about his experiences with the condition, including its embarrassing symptoms. We appreciate Kevin’s honesty, sense of humor, and willingness to share his journey with the world.
Janelle’s Story – Crohn’s Disease
Janelle’s symptoms began when she was just 11 years old. Her family knew there was a problem when she refused to eat any of her birthday cake. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Now an adult, Janelle uses this video to discuss her experiences with the condition, including both her struggles and triumphs.
Living with Crohn’s Disease
What is life with Crohn’s disease like for a young girl? In this video, Allie tells us. The condition is most common in people ages 15 to 35, making teenagers susceptible to it during the years they’re trying the hardest to fit in. This is a great video to show to other teenagers, or help anyone understand the difficulties associated with Crohn’s disease.
On Refusing to Bleed to Death in Your Bathtub
Wes Hazard is a stand-up comic with Crohn’s disease, and here he talks about what happened one night when he knew hospitalization was inevitable. Following one of his stand-up shows, it was a night he knew would end in hospitalization as he was very ill. But rather than going directly to the hospital, he decided to go home and pack a bag, get a good night’s sleep, and admit himself in the morning. That, he explains, ended up being a bad choice.
Pilates & Crohn’s Disease
Staying fit and healthy is important for anyone who is managing a chronic disease. In this video, we learn about the benefits that Pilates can have for people with Crohn’s disease. We hear from Carey Sadler, a Pilates instructor, and Kelly Sedlacek, the author of “Lessons on Living with Crohn’s Disease.” The two sit down and discuss just how Pilates can aid in the treatment and management of symptoms. It’s a particularly useful video for people looking at natural symptom management options.