Crohn’s is an unpredictable, chronic disease that causes inflammation and swelling in the digestive tract. It can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms can be sporadic, and flare-ups can be brought on by a number of triggers like eating certain foods and being stressed. Because there’s no cure for the disease, living with the condition often requires patience, trial and error, and outside support.

Adam Rotenberg, 44 – Diagnosed in 1997

“When I started feeling better, I realized that I was not going to let this disease get the best of me. I really learned a lot about myself [and] about my body. And I know my limitations of what physical activities I can do. I also know what I can and cannot eat.”

Ben Morrison, 36 – Diagnosed in 1997

“What I have found is that the less processed the food I’m eating is, the easier it is for me to digest. If I break down and get fast food, [and] look at the ingredients there’s like 730 ingredients in that [stuff]. All of those added [ingredients] make it that much more difficult for your intestinal system to actually do something with the food . . . so keep your ingredients simple and cook for yourself as much as possible.”

Sydney Davis, 28 – Diagnosed in 2005

“It’s really important to integrate stress-free life with diet changes. It’s kind of a whole lifestyle change. Being sick or being in pain helped me to calm down and slow down. One of the biggest things about Crohn’s is just being able to slow down without feeling bad about it, without being mad at yourself.”

Lauren Gerson, M.D. - Board certified gastroenterologist

“As a patient with Crohn’s disease, you shouldn’t feel that you need to just deal or suffer with symptoms . . . When you have symptoms, you should always call your healthcare provider, be able to discuss it with them, and then come up with a treatment plan.”