Crohns Disease , PHOENIX More than a million people in the United States suffer from like Crohn’s disease and . And while we don’t know what causes them, we do know that genetic and environmental components are at the root of these .

Crohn’s disease can affect the entire while ulcerative colitis is limited to the . Symptoms can severely disrupt patients’ lives. They include and cramping, , fever, , bleeding, nausea, and fatigue.

IBD can occur at any age, with most patients diagnosed between ages 15 and 30. But not always. “It doesn’t just happen to adults, says registered dietician Tiffani Bachus. “It can happen to kids as well.

Tiffani’s daughter, Emily Bachus, was diagnosed at age 9, and her best friend, Samantha, was diagnosed a year later. As many as 1.4 million people in the United States have IBD; an estimated 35,000 IBD patients like Emily and Samantha live in Arizona.

About Rob Hill

In 1994, Rob was a fit, healthy 23-year-old, an amateur runner and athlete. Until that time, he had never really been sick. He didn’t even have a regular doctor. When the illness started, it progressed rapidly. Daily diarrhea. Sustained stomach cramps. The diagnosis was Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory condition of the digestive tract. It got worse, and his weight plummeted from 185 to 105 pounds. After a year and a half, it became clear that his large intestine, his colon, needed to be removed. Rob decided he had to do something about it. The Seven Summits campaign, which we call “No Guts Know Glory” grew from Rob’s love of sport, adventure and the outdoors. By taking it to the extreme, and on a global basis, Rob hopes to show people everywhere that having these diseases or having an ostomy, like Rob does, shouldn’t stop you from leading a full life. You may not be able to climb mountains, but there are so many other things you can do. To further this goal, Rob started the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), from his home base in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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