Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss, and possible bowel obstruction. Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, and tiredness. Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. It results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
We recently had the pleasure of talking to Theresa Sweeny, co-founder to GT23 Foundation, a non--profit organization to help promote awareness and research for Gaucher's Type 2 and 3. At present, most awareness and most treatment for Gaucher's disease is focused on Gaucher's Type 1. It now has several treatment options....
Ms.Pontello is a marriage and family therapist living with Type 1 Gaucher's Disease. Hear her inspiring story from when she was diagnosed with Gaucher's at the age of six through her journey undergoing treatment and living a full life.