I highly doubt it has to do with your job. It seems like once one person stands up and says they have Crohns everyone else comes out of the shadows saying they have it too. Its just not one of those disease people throw out in the open, some do...but a lot are embarassed. I didnt have much choice in telling the 600 other people I work with that I have Crohns, but while I was hospitalized they started a donation for me since I had no insurance, and when I came back to work I had around 10 people come to me telling me that they also have it.
Ivy- I live in Pittsburgh, I'll check into that.