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cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/11/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have nolticed lately that there are quite a few commercials on TV about Crohn's Disease.  This disease has been around forever and I wonder why they have just started airing these ads llast year.  This is a good thing as it raises awareness to our plight.
 
I am very open and do not have a problem discussing anything with anybody, and when my Crohn's disease comes up in a conversation, other people start telling me about about themselves or a family member or friend who has it also.  It almost seems that they are happy to learn that they are not alone, or that they want to relay my situation to their family member or friend to try and make them feel better.
 
Hopefully more TV stations will air more ads about Crohn's, thus enabling the public to ask questions and perhaps be a little more understanding and caring when they meet or know someone with Crohn's.
 
As Martha Stewart would say "THIS IS A GOOD THING"

NY-Sooner
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   Posted 4/13/2012 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Those commercials aren't there to inform people about crohns,  they are there to sell the drug Humira.   The TV stations could care less about you or anyone else who has crohns. It is all about money and advertising and Humira.  The drug company who makes humira is paying big bucks to convince you that you can have a better life if you take it , so they are trying to convince you to tell your doc you want it. 
 
 

Post Edited (NY-Sooner) : 4/13/2012 6:36:21 AM (GMT-6)


atctackett
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   Posted 4/13/2012 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
cleanfreak - it is nice to hear the disease being mentioned (even if it is for a drug company to make money). I know that I have had several people that know about my Crohn's contact me when they find out that they have another friend/ family member with the disease. I've been very open about my disease/experiences with the disease with people since my flare in 2008. This has opened some doors for other people to ask questions about it from someone who has it. It also has been a nice thing for me to remember that I'm not alone. I have helped "counsel" (and I use that word very loosely) new Crohnies with some support resources (HealingWell and GI Monitor Iphone App) and have been an ear for those that need to just vent about the disease to csomeone who understands.




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cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/13/2012 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Atctacket,
Thanks for your kind words, NY-Sooner made me feel like a stupid idiot.  I guess I just thought it was good that Chohn's was being mentioned on TV, because it never has before, even it is was for a drug company.  I thought just the mention of Crohn's might get people talking, I must admit that before I was diagnosed I did not know about the disease.
 
I really appreciate your response, and making me feel better, NY-Sooner's response was kinda mean.
 
I tried to delete my post but was unable.
 
Again, thanks for being so nice.

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   Posted 4/13/2012 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think NY-Sooner was trying to make anybody feel like a "stupid idiot" he/she was merely stating their opinion as to why there are so many commercials on TV mentioning crohn's, I thought the post was a very accurate assessment and I happen to agree with it wholeheartedly.
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1st resection 1994
2nd resection 1999
3rd resection 2008 followed closely by 2 more operations due to major complications - leak at the anastomosis, GI hemorrhage, temporary jeujenostomy
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 4/13/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I find it a little creepy that Crohn's, or perhaps more accurately, Humira, is being advertised on TV. I don't have a problem with OTC stuff, but advertising powerful drugs that you can only get on prescription just seems a bit weird to me. Your doctor should be the one discussing drug options with you, not TV advertisements.

Not trying to make anybody feel like an idiot either. Just giving my opinion.

keepingfaith
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   Posted 4/13/2012 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with NY Sooner. Actually, the commercials tick me off. When people ask me "Have you seen that Crohn's commercial?" I say "Oh, you mean that pathetic excuse of a commercial? Why yes, I have seen it."

Because of these commercials, a few people don't take me seriously at all. They just tell me "Well if it's used for acne it can't be that harmful on your body." IT IS NOT ALSO USED FOR ACNE! IT IS USED ALSO FOR FREAKING PSORIASIS!! I just want to scream that back at them. I also can't forget the comment "Well the commercial just shows a woman worried about going to the bathroom & holding her stomach." I just wish these commercials portrayed what it's really like to live life as a Crohnie.

I've seen one decent crohn's commercial that wasn't about Humira & it actually showed what the symptoms are like.
Current medicine:Humira, Apriso, Zantac, Prilosec, Probiotics, Folic acid, B-12, fish oil, D-3, Zinc supplements, Nortriptyline, tramadol, phenergan, zofran, lortab, flexeril.
Previous meds: Way too many
In current flare since: Feb 2011
"I have Crohn's Disease. Your excuse is invalid." :)

cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/13/2012 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of the commercials I was referring to are for the Crohn's and Colitis Association and if I remember correctly they were not selling any drugs. One of them featured a little boy sitting in a bathroom cubicle at school and I really felt in invoked empathy about what it is like to live with Crohn's. I live in Canada, so maybe the United States does not air these particular commercials.

I am truly sorry for even mentioning this, or for seemingly causing a problem that has obviously angered some people.

PLEASE FORGIVE!

keepingfaith
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   Posted 4/13/2012 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
NO! Feel free to post! I've never seen an CCFA commercial. Maybe my state hasn't "gotten" it yet. Either way, yes it is good to have more awareness out there & no, I disagree with the way SOME companies portray CD.
Current medicine:Humira, Apriso, Zantac, Prilosec, Probiotics, Folic acid, B-12, fish oil, D-3, Zinc supplements, Nortriptyline, tramadol, phenergan, zofran, lortab, flexeril.
Previous meds: Way too many
In current flare since: Feb 2011
"I have Crohn's Disease. Your excuse is invalid." :)

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 4/13/2012 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't remotely angry and even if I had been, it would have been with the adverts, not you. Although I thought you were talking about Humira adverts, not a Crohn's charity - that's different.

One thing I do feel compelled to add, though, is that the 'typical' Crohn's experience is not particularly my experience. I feel like were I to live up to people's expectations of what a 'typical' Crohnie is like, I should be dashing to the toilet every half hour. I actually have felt self-conscious because of it; as though people think I am not really ill because I am not always running to the bathroom. That's why I'm not particularly keen on raising public awareness on what it's like to live with Crohn's; I feel like such campaigns, while well-meaning, assume that Crohn's is the same for everybody. And I don't think it is.

Please don't read that as me being angry that you posted. I'm simply saying that I feel different, but if you felt like your experience was accurately represented on TV, then fair enough - that's good!

gumby44
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   Posted 4/14/2012 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
This is slightly off topic, but in the fine print of that Humira ad it looks like it says only 21% of people achieve remission with it. Is that really correct??? How depressing!
53 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS. Disease spread 12/11 to distal ileum. Dx. with c.difficile and gastroparesis 1/12.
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cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/14/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually have never seen that ad but after all the comments I have received I am going to start looking for it.   That is a very depressing statistic!
 
Sorry I can't answer your question.
 

keepingfaith
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   Posted 4/14/2012 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
In two clinical studies, more than half of the patients who took HUMIRA had significant symptom relief, versus about 1 out of 3 who took placebo. In the same studies, 36% and 21% of patients who took HUMIRA achieved remission, versus 12% and 7% who took placebo. Results were at four weeks.

That was from the Humira website. That was just data from trials at four weeks & we all know it takes more than FOUR weeks to achieve remission usually. Especially with biologics! My Rhuemie & GI, as well as the commercials, say to look or results by 12 weeks.
Current medicine:Humira, Apriso, Zantac, Prilosec, Probiotics, Folic acid, B-12, fish oil, D-3, Zinc supplements, Nortriptyline, tramadol, phenergan, zofran, lortab, flexeril.
Previous meds: Way too many
In current flare since: Feb 2011
"I have Crohn's Disease. Your excuse is invalid." :)

llama_gal
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   Posted 4/14/2012 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
cleanfreak,  I for one really appreciated your post.  I feel the same way.  Thanks for posting. 
 

AuburnByrd
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   Posted 4/15/2012 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I was one of the ones who was in the study to have Humira approved for Crohn's. That was back either at the end of 2005 or early 2006 - Lord I can't remember. It lasted over 2 years. And because of Humira, I was put in remission. I don't think the numbers are too bad considering not everyone finds the same meds to help. I had tried everything including Remicade (great until I became allergic to it) and even surgery. Asacol, Sulfasalazine, Flagyl, Prednisone, Pentasa, Imuran, etc, etc etc - never worked. Now I see that other biological drugs are out there. So I'm assuming that if one doesn't work (Remicade or Humira), you can move onto try the others. I stopped taking the drug in 2008 but I'm still in remission. I still and have told I'll always have trouble with the big "D" but I also lost 3 ft of intestine during surgery. On occasion, I have a mini-flare but it only lasts a few days. I take it easy with the food I'm eating and then I'm back to feeling good! I did have one time this past summer where it lasted a couple of weeks. I took a round of antibiotics and I'm back - as good as I can be.

And when you break it down - between 1 in 3 or 1 in 5 people living with CD finds remission with taking Humira. Not too bad for a disease which is not understood - no cure, no reason yet for cause.

As for the commercials, it really used to irk me whenever it seemed that everyone I knew would ask me if I'd seen them. I started to get the attitude of, "They're not out to really help, they're out to sell a product." But then I realized that those who care about me, even co-workers and other 'just' acquaintances not only remembered what I had and cared enough to make sure I knew about the commercials, but that they were learning to understand that Crohn's is a real disease that affects many people.

So whatever it takes to get the message out - I say, go right ahead!

cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/15/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I would like to thank the people who replied with positive posts, I really appreciated them.  I really think that if more people got a chance to view the ads for the "Crohn's and Colitis Association", that they would agree that they really bring an awareness in a thoughtful and sensitive way. But like I said before I think these ads just run in Canada and not in the United States.
 
 

Post Edited (cleanfreak) : 4/15/2012 10:55:49 AM (GMT-6)


cindywchrones
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   Posted 4/15/2012 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I am kind of neutral on this subject..I have never seen a television ad that was not drug company related for this DD..I would like to get the word out for the many people who suffer from this DD..Drug companies do sell a product but it does not upset me when I see advertisements..I don't want to run out and try the drugs either..Remicade ads are more geared to people with RA than with CD even though the drug is used for CD..There is more drug ads for RA and depression than anything else I see..
DX Crohns Disease 2004- one resection--Current medications Predisone 10mg, Atenolol 25mg, and Synthyroid 75mcg--Prior Medications Antibiotic combos, antispasmodics, sulfazine,anticholergenics, and antacids--don't tolerate most drugs well--Currently doing Gluten Free since Sept 2011!--D3 & B Complex w/ C..

Brannah
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   Posted 4/15/2012 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Cleanfreak, I'm also in Canada and have seen the Crohn's commercials. They are great for raising awareness. I'm glad they're out there. I think I've seen a couple of different ones.
Here is a Canadian video. It's a good one as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ih47-9sS4

cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/16/2012 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Brannah,
 
Thanks for much for pointing out those great videos, I not only found them inspiring but alot of the other ones I watched were very informative especially if you have an ileostomy.  I wish I had owned a computer when I had an ileostomy, it would have helped me so much especially on how to change it, showering as well as going to the beach.
 
The videos featuring children talking about how they deal with Crohn's were also very touching.
 
Thanks again.

mdf34
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   Posted 4/17/2012 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I was getting the idea that the Living With CD commercials for the website might have had something new or helpful, but it turned out to be a kind of survey about your condition and then finding a doctor.  It didn't really have anything useful.  I have learned more from people here than anywhere else.  Have seen no CCFA commercials and I see drug commercials for our same meds but for other conditions, CD is never mentioned.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Osteopenia DX July 2010
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X as needed
Flonase
Calcium 1000mg/day
Vit D 50,000 units weekly
Imuran 50mg/daily

cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/17/2012 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I viewed about 8 of the videos that Brannah had pointed out and I did not see or hear any mention of drugs or finding doctors.  I watched videos about adults as well as children sharing their experiences. There were several other ones giving step by step instructions on how to change your ileostomy bag, which I wish I had seen when I had to change mine.  I even saw one that had a young teen giving tips on how to use decorative duct tape to disguise an ileostomy bag for going to the beach.
 
One of the videos that really stood out to me was about a little girl about 8, who is in the hospital and she is talking about her experience with getting an ileostomy, she even included her personal e-mail at the end of it so she could hear from other kids.  When I watched it, I immediately thought it would be a great video for a child to watch who had just learned that they needed an ileostomy, because knowing that they are not alone at a young age is important.  This is a difficult enough adjustment for an adult to go through, can you imagine what it would be like for a child, so any tool that parents can have available to them to help their child through a difficult adjustment would probably be appreciated. 
 
I found these videos very heartfelt and touching, so I not quite sure what videos you (MDF34) saw.  The ads that I referred to in my first post, the ones for the "Crohn's and Colitis Association", apparently are only shown in Canada and that is too bad because they too are heartfelt and bring a real awareness to the disease.

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   Posted 4/17/2012 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine were for "livingwithcrohns.com" or something like that.  The were shown all across the US, even my dad called me to tell me about seeing it on TV.  I wish the others you are talking about were shown because some of my friends are real idiots about it (not realizing or meaning to I guess) sometimes.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Osteopenia DX July 2010
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X as needed
Flonase
Calcium 1000mg/day
Vit D 50,000 units weekly
Imuran 50mg/daily

cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/17/2012 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that in "Brannah's" post he mentioned that the link he was giving me was Canadian. It is really too bad that people in the US can't view them cause they are great in every way.  I am new to computers and if there was a way to get this link to the US I would certainly do it.  Maybe there is someone on this website who can figure it out.  I reallly believe they are not only informative but woth seeing.

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   Posted 4/17/2012 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Cleanfreak - you just need to copy and paste the link in your browser or go to You Tube and do a search for CCFA Canada.

cleanfreak
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   Posted 4/17/2012 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Thanks for letting me know, just got my first computer about 3 months ago so I'm what you would call "computer illiterate", but by reading your post other people that want to view those ads can follow what you said.
 
Sometimes I feel so far behind because I am 60 and just realizing all the things I have missed, but I am learning!
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