Lifestyles of the Rich, the Famous, and the Chronically Ill

Lifestyles of the Rich, the Famous, and the Chronically Ill
A few weeks ago for World IBD Day, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation interviewed Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready, a national spokesperson for the organization. Not counting the time my parents took me to see Captain & Tennille in the 1970s, Pearl Jam was my first concert experience when I was 20 years old in 1993. I didn’t learn about McCready’s struggles with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) until a decade later when I was diagnosed with the same type of Crohn’s colitis that he has. At one of my first gastroenterologist appointments, I picked up one of those free medical magazines in the waiting room. The feature article was an interview with McCready. Although he was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 1987 when he was 21, he didn’t disclose his disease to the public until 2003. Since then, he has hosted IBD-related fundraisers and he advocates for better health insurance. After watching McCready’s latest interview, I wondered about other celebrities with IBD and how the disease has affected their lives and careers. I discovered a long list of famous patients, but I related only to a few. I'm like Ike: President Dwight D. Eisenhower During Memorial Day weekend, I learned that doctors diagnosed President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Crohn’s disease in 1956. This resulted in surgery to repair a small bowel obstruction the following month. Three weeks after his surgery, Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, authorizing the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highway system that literally laid out the road map of the nation’s transportation system. Five months later, Eisenhower was reelected for a second term. I’m in no way comparing my achievements to that of a WWII five-star general. However, the way
Subscribe or to access all post and page content.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *