Crohn’s Disease Patient Gathers Testimonies To Write On The Disease

Shannon Ingle, a Crohn’s Disease (CD) patient, has begun to write a testimonial book on the disease to raise people’s awareness of its symptoms and their understanding of CD patients’ limitations, hoping to ease the sense of shame and failure some patients experience. The project, which was recently reported by Aline Carambat from the Daily Comet, notes that Ingle is currently gathering several testimonies from other patients, seeking to collect as many as she can “from anyone who wants to speak out," she said. "I want to know all of it, even the most embarrassing parts." This embarrassment is caused by some of the Crohn's Disease symptoms, which may involve diarrhea and irritable bowel movements, usually uncontrollable and likely to cause accidents, a situation experienced personally by Ingle herself. “It has happened to me, and while embarrassing to say out loud, it is something that I cannot control,” she said. Her story and the stories of the patients from the support group she established in her hometown of Houma were her source of inspiration for the new project. “This is not just me. This is real and we need support,” she said. Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory and chronic condition of the intestine, and the people who suffer from it struggle with digestion problems, difficulties in absorbing nutrients, and disruption in eliminating waste. As for the symptoms, they can vary by patient and, besides diarrhea and irritable bowel movements, the most recurrent symptom can be weight loss, extreme fatigue, stomach pain, and a weakened immune system. The cause of Crohn’s Disease remains undetermined, and in Ingle’s case, for example, it wasn’t easy to reach a diagnosis. She lived in pain for years, since age 9, but
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