A commercial about Crohn's!

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beartooth
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Another night of having trouble sleeping, and late night TV.  But then the most amazing thing came on the screen.  An NFL quarterback (David Garrard) for the Jacksonville Jaguars has Crohn's, and he did an educational PA spot.  He was promoting a website to help people understand about Crohn's.
 
I've always thought that Crohn's and Colitis were very under-mentioned in the media, probably because the crap we deal with is still pretty taboo conversationally.  I was very happy to see someone trying to get the word out for us.  Too bad the spot was on at 2:30 in the morning.
Brandon
 
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Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.


Julie1014
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   Posted 11/4/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Brandon, I haven't seen the commercial yet, but there is an article about him on the Crohn's and Colitis website. www.ccfa.org

It's about time more awareness is raised!:-)
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006
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auntkay
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   Posted 11/4/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I've seen this commercial several times and it was aired during regular TV viewing times.

Naboo57
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't seen it yet! I am very happy to hear of some awareness too.

Diagnosed with Crohns 3 years ago.
Diagnosed with RA in September.
 


gachrons
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Good stuff. lol gail
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/4/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, saw it several times now.
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ImaKeeper
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw it too, its great to see it finaly mentioned in the media.....
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mj8dokken
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have seen it a few times as well both during the day and in the evening. Also, I've heard a few mentions of Crohn's disease on the show House. No patients with it yet, but it's still strange to hear it mentioned. :)

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis
 
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Zanne
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't seen it, but my daughter did, during regular prime time.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


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Sniper
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   Posted 11/4/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have seen it and though it only promotes going to the web site and finding out what treatments are available I think it paints a rosey picture of the disease. Heres the guy able to play football again. I doubt if they had removed as much of his insides as Randy that he would be anything more than a bench warmer. Perhaps I am overly sensitive but I am tired of being told I dont look ill and asked how I could be disabled.
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mj8dokken
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   Posted 11/4/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a good point Sniper. It's kind of like "this guy has crohn's and can be an NFL quarterback" so it's like the disease isn't that bad. I wonder what he does during a game if he's flaring? They probably put him on like 100 mg of prednisone or something.

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis
 
Asacol: 2400 mg/day; Prednisone: 1.25 mg/day; Entocort: 9mg/day; Metronidazol
Started seeing a Naturopath-Castor Oil Packs, Liquid B Complex, Floragen, Ribes Nigrum, Herbal GI, Chlorella
 
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miguelblanco
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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw the ad during normal hours too. I was really surprised someone could have CD and be a pro football player.
The site is sponsored by Centocor, so there is an ulterior motive. Still, it was nice to see SOMETHING in the way of public awareness of this disease. I am honestly shocked how little most health care professionals know about it, let alone the general populous. Going to the dentist, for instance, its like I'm educating them for the first time on this stuff.

While being a pro quarterback may be a stretch for some, there are varying degrees that some people are affected by it. Maybe he had good doctors and didn't get the run around. Getting the diagnosis correct early and starting a treatment plan probably kept him in good health. wink
Type I Diabetes- 29 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/4/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think he had surgery actually close to one of his football seasons. I remembering hearing about it on ESPN and how they weren't sure he would be healed in time for the season...but he was. Try googling it or searching it on ESPN.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Zanne
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   Posted 11/4/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
There was also a kicker a bunch of years ago who I believed played with a colostomy bag. Personally, I think it should give us all hope that life doesn't have to be the pits. Yes, because of his job, he has access to the very best doctors and probably does get shot full of crap if he is flaring close to a game, but still the fact that he is out there every week, is amazing. I know for my daughters, who fear that they will get the Dx one day, seeing someone like that gives them a little peace of mind that maybe it isn't the end of the world if they do get Crohn's.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


beartooth
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a kicker back in the '80s I believe who played with a colostomy. That was another great chance for education to the public, but as soon as he was out of the league people kind of forgot him. He kept doing education and fundraising, and I think he is still active in the community. He wrote a fairly sappy book, which I did read, and it was amazing to me that someone with a colostomy could be a professional football player. I don't think he could have played any position other than kicker with the pouch.

Regardless of their profession, I believe it important that the public is learning about about Crohn's and UC from some high profile figures. Considering the number of those affected around the world, especially here in the US, it astounds me how many people have never heard of Corhn's/UC. Colon cancer, GERD, IBS, and other GI disorders have been more publicized, so it is good to see the word getting out on us as well.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.


emrose
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
gerrard did have almost 2 ft of his intestines removed and I, for one, am inspired by him. Also - every time he scores a touchdown this season $10,000 is donated to the ccfa. I think it's great. He may not represent the average man's outcome but he does represent hope.

eva124
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
the only famous person in new zealand who i knw who has crohns is a weather man hes a real cool dude and i think it wld be cool if there was some ads bout crohns disease on nz tv,we have tons of commericals bout mental illness,and how we are meant not to judge them before we knw them,i think it bout time to shed some light on some of the other illnesses.
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tsitodawg
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   Posted 11/5/2008 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Let's not be so quick to judge. David Gerrard is an inspiration to me and should be for all of us trying to obtain a normal life. One of the first things that I have learned since being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, is not to compare myself others with this disease. Last year during the playoffs, they did a halftime special on Gerrard and his story. When he was originally diagnosed, he was a backup quarterback to Byron Leftwich. His surgery came along with his diagnosis and was very difficult for him. He nearly retired and lost a lot of weight and muscle. Luckily, he was able to get his Crohn's into remission very quickly and started his rehab. He talked about how hard it was for him to rehab and that he was lucky that he was in such good shape before he had his first flare. He is in complete remission, but it took him over a season to come back fully. He probably would not be where he is at today if the starting quarterback, Leftwich, would not have gotten hurt and Gerrard was forced into action. He did such a good job that Leftwich was let go and Gerrard is the man. He has done a ton of work for the CCFA and summer camps for kids with Crohn's disease. I look up to him for being able to talk about our disease and not being afraid to bring it to public awareness. It is easy to talk about bowel movements when you are online or in a doctors office, but put yourself in his situation. I am sure that it is not the easiest of subjects to talk about on television or the locker room when you are the star player. He is risking a ton of hazing and public ridicule, but does it to help others.
Sure there will be some that question why you are disabled but don't look sick, but they are going to do this regardless of the commercial. These commercials are going to get people to possibly go to the websites and learn about our condition. Then these people will get a better understanding about what crohn's disease is and spread the word to others when comments are made. Remember any publicity good or bad is good publicity for public awareness.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I also saw this commercial during prime time
There are a coupl of others
but this one does make a good impact IMHO

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beca123
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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   

I have not seen the commercial BUT.....two years ago at CCFA Camp in Ga....He came and stayed a day with us and told us his story about battling with his disease and how we too can overcome this illness. It was quite inspiring....and he signed his name tag and I got to keep it :-]!!!!

I leave it hanging on my wall in my bedroom to remind myself that no matter what happens with this disease I can still keep going and achieve great things.

 

God Bless.


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Jen77
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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I think any awareness like this is great, we need to start getting the word out more. He says in the commercial that Crohn's knocked him down. So I don't think he's really coming off like it's no big deal. For a lot of people that's the way the disease is. We have periods of good health, where we can do a lot of the things we want, and then times where it literally knocks us down.

The commercial is on youtube for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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