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On Being a Person of Color With Crohn’s Disease

You Just Have Stomach Issues
When I was about 5 or 6, I would get knocks on the bathroom door asking if I was OK. I would be in there longer than normal.

By Melodie Narain-Blackwell, as told to Michele Jordan

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Driving Public Policy Change With the Patient Voice

Because of concerns many patient groups have about step therapy requirements being applied inappropriately and harming patients, debate has been underway in many state capitols and on Capitol Hill.

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COCCI

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2022 with Tyler J Williams, ABGH & COCCI!

ABGH & COCCI are grateful to welcome Golden Globe-winner, actor Tyler J. Williams of Abbot Elementary, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Walking Dead, to discuss his journey with Crohn's disease, a subset of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the midst of Abbott Elementary's overwhelming success.

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#InLivingCOCCI Week: Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week on ABC7 News

Washington ABC7 -- It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week and studies of the bowel disease say it's on the rise!

Interview with:
Melodie Narain-Blackwell, Color of Crohn's and Chronic Illness

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Good Morning America

#InLivingCOCCI Week: COCCI & ABGH Head to Good Morning America

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week shines a light on the millions of Americans who suffer from the illnesses.

Interview with:
Dr. Sophie Balzora, Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists
Melodie Narain-Blackwell, Color of Crohn's and Chronic Illness

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COCCI

The Lurie Daniel Favors Show

Melodie Narain-Blackwell joins Lurie Daniel Favors to discuss autoimmune diseases and African American women being misdiagnosed at disproportionate rates.

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Using Shared Decision-Making to Make Your Voice Heard

Adults in the US make an estimated 35,000 decisions a day(1). Day-to-day decisions are important for people living with inflammatory bowel disease or other chronic diseases, as they navigate the complexity of managing a disease while maintaining a meaningful life.

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COCCI

April is IBS Awareness Month

IBS is often confused for IBD (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). While some of the symptoms may be similar, an individual can have both IBS and an IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis).

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COCCI

Kidney Cancer Awareness

Diagnosing and treating kidney cancer is the key to survival for cancer patients. Radiographic imaging such as CT scan, MRI, X-Ray, and ultrasound are just a few ways to diagnosis kidney cancer.

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COCCI

Cancer Awareness

Cancer is a disease that occurs when normal cells in your body start to grow abnormally and uncontrollably, clumping together causing tumors. If left untreated, these tumors can spread throughout your body, putting your digestive, nervous and circulatory systems all at risk.

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