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ABOUT GUTSY WALKCures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are steps away.
Join us on Sunday, June 2 at our 24th annual Gutsy Walk to walk, jog or run with us towards a future free from Crohn’s and colitis.
Registered Gutsy Walk participants will have the opportunity to:
• Receive a Gutsy Walk T-shirt by raising $100 or more
• Join our Top Pledge Earner Club by raising $1,000 or more
Have questions? For more information, please contact us:
LOCAL HONORARY CHAIR
Patricia Roberge, 2018 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair
Hi, my name is Patricia Roberge and I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in September 2014. At first I was in denial that anything was wrong with me so I suffered with various symptoms of this silent disease for almost 6 months before finally going to see my doctor. I was immediately sent to specialists and had many tests leading to being diagnosed with Proctitis which is the most mild form of ulcerative colitis as it only affects the the lower most part of the colon. Although considered the most mild form of UC it is still NO joke. When in a flare up I suffer with frequent urgency, rectal pain and bleeding. When in remission I feel completely normal except for the debilitating fatigue. Because this is a silent disease I do not appear sick on the outside but I often have to answer questions about my suddenly weight loss and weight gain. The weight gain is caused by steroids and steroid IV therapy which are the only forms of therapy that work to get me back into remission. I have also learned that diet and minimizing stress are the best ways to remain in remission.
I refuse to let this disease stop me from doing anything. I always find the last bit of energy I have to bring my kids to their activities and volunteer on various committees. I enjoy life and never take it for granted. And I will do this because I have hope that there will be a cure in the future and its all because of people like you!! Thank you very much everyone!!