I live about an hour north of Seattle and the northwest CCFA chapter is having *free* (lunch included!) conference on Sunday! Here's the list of topics and speakers:
*Plus, pediatric & adult patient panels during lunch!*
1.) IBD 101: Overview of Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis -- Stephen Rulyak, MD
2.) Current & Future Therapies for IBD -- Robert Wohlman, MD
3.) Pediatric IBD Issues -- Dr. Bisher Abdullah
4.) Coping Strategies for Patients & Families, Followed by Patients & Loved Ones Panel -- Theresa Rogers, LCSW
5.) Women & IBD -- Betty White, MN, ARNP
6.) "I'd Like to Buy a Bowel" Surgery Related to IBD -- Donna Rydberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN
7.) Alternative Therapies -- Christine Bowen, ND (naturopathic medicine), Karen Lamphere, MS, CN (nutrition) & Trevor Sevigny, MSAOM (acupuncture)
I'm hoping that it's as informative as it looks and I'm looking forward to meeting other people with IBDs in my area. I also am getting involved with the chapter. I volunteered to distribute information to local GIs offices and I signed up for the Take Steps walk. It feels good to feel like I'm doing something to help find a cure for this DD!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly,
40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).