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Monday, May 27, 2013

CCFA Symposium

7:38 PM Posted by Stephanie Horgan , , ,
This is a belated post from when Tiff and I were able to attend the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's 17th Annual Educational Symposium. This year it was held in Skokie, Illinois, just minutes away from our new office location in Evanston.

Tiffany and I didn't present this time around, but had a booth in the Exhibit Hall. It was truly a wonderful day of meeting with patients and professionals that were all there for a common cause...Inflammatory Bowel Disease. As you all know, IBD is one of our passions at Oak Park Behavioral Medicine, and cause close to our heart. With nearly 1 in 200 Americans with this illness, there seem to be more and more referrals we get that are newly diagnosed kids and adults with IBD. The first place I encourage patients to visit is the CCFA website.

They have a list of research studies and clinical trials currently going on, an interactive disease tracker to help manage symptoms, a special section for college students, and of course information on Camp Oasis, where Tiffany and I met. Camp Oasis is a wonderful place where kids, ages 7 through high school can come for a week to meet other kids with IBD and feel normal.

We will continue to partner with the CCFA and offer those with IBD support that they deserve. Our practice is dedicated to helping patients cope with the mental and emotional pieces of chronic illness. Spread the word!