Jacksonville Jaguars QB has Crohns...

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   Posted 1/5/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Geting ready to watch the Steeler game during the Seattle/Washington game, when they did a little special on David Garrard and said he has Crohn's and is on Remicade. Very interesting!
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Blue Velvyt
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   Posted 1/5/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, before I got sick I was on my feet running all day, I worked in a grocery store, it was the best I had felt, I didnt get diagnosed until months after an injury and was on leave so I may never know if the strenuous physical parts of my job kept me healthier or if the injury somehow triggered the desease later as the doctors say.

I wonder if his physical lifestyle actually helps his body deal with the disease better, would love to hear more of his story in detail

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   Posted 1/5/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

I watched the Seattle game, but I missed the piece on the QB.  I'm watching the Jacksonville/Steeler game now.  I hope they mention it again.  I'd like to hear more. 

I used to play soccer all through my crohn's flare ups and I do think it helped me get through them better.  I had to stop playing soccer because of my achilles tendons.  I sure do miss the exercise and the outlet for stress.  I haven't found anything to replace it yet.   


Dx in 1984 with Crohn's Disease.  In 1988 my terminal Ileum was removed due to inflamation that caused it to rupture.  The disease seems under control, but I deal with scar tissue and adhesions which cause constant pain.

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   Posted 1/5/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
That's amazing!  They are totally kicking butt, so way to go David Garrard!  Totally representing for the crohnies!

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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I almost posted the same message. Amazing story. He had 12" of his intestine removed, gets intravenous drugs (assuming Remicade) every 8 weeks and still looks amazing on the field. Very inspiring. Go Jacksonville!

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   Posted 1/6/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a video on MSNBC's web site with an interview with Gerrard. He talks briefly about his Crohn's.


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   Posted 1/6/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
What's more, I think his resection was just two years ago. I could be wrong, it might have been 3 years ago because I seem to remember he was their starting Quarterback last year too.

I LOVE MY PATRIOTS, but other than that I'm rooting for Garrard and the Jaguars and also for another favorite, Brett Favre and his Packers. I MISS John Elway but at least I don't have to spread my favoritism so wide now. I image Favre will be retiring too and that'll leave me w/my Pats and Dave Garrard.
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   Posted 1/6/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow that is awesome and so inspiring. I am now going to be a Jaguars fan!!!

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   Posted 1/7/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
He is an amazing player that should stand as a good role model for all of us.  I know that it really made my wife feel uplifted to know that someone that is about my same age with Crohn's, can still live a productive and active lifestyle.  As for the earlier comment about him being their starting QB last year, he actually became their fulltime starter this year.  Last year their quarterback was Byron Leftwich, and it was a big shock when their coach decided to cut him from the team.  I am glad that he made the move and I now root for him even though I am a Bears fan.

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 1/7/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I love my Cowboys but now the Jags are my second favorite team.
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 1/7/2008 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Did anyone else find it ironic that Garrard was playing against a team with a player named "Colon" :-)
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 1/7/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My boss saw this piece and mentioned it to me today. He said it made him think of me. Nice to know Crohns is getting a little publicity and that the QB is getting some recognition for all he has been through.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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