On these pages, you find testimonials from patients and caregivers, reporting about their way of coping with a severe disease. By sharing experiences with others, people can make a positive change in the lives of others living with severe diseases. Connecting and sharing knowledge with other patients and with the medical community is the key to deeper insights.
Rita copes well with her large family, despite all but one of her children having allergies. The coping strategies she employs for the management of so many conditions may be effective, but have had a tremendously stressful impact on her daily life.
They may not know her by name, but Ally is a hero to many people with Crohn's. She's proven that one voice really can make a difference-that is, if you're brave enough to share a story that most people would choose to forget.
Sometimes, perspective changes everything. Consider the day Michele and her husband proudly presented their daughter Rachel, then 3½ years old, with her first bike - a red tricycle. "Rachel thought it was so cool, but when she sat on it, she just couldn't make it move," says Michele, from New Jersey.
Craig's nearly lifetime battle with Crohn's has led to him undergoing multiple treatments. But through it all, Craig has kept a positive attitude.