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What is Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease is a disease on the rise affecting around 700,000 of the 1.6 million people with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) across the United States. It occurs inside your colon, large intestine, and small intestine, and causes many tough symptoms. Part of the IBD family, Crohn's is one of the many diseases that takes a toll on our lives. Unfortunately, it is a hidden disease and can be hard for us young teens to talk about. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. Treatment options include many medicines, steroids, and worst case, bowel resections, but unfortunately there is not a cure. This chronic disease can become "symptom free" but can also last a lifetime.