What Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week Means to Me

What Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week Means to Me

My name is and I have lived with and Crohn’s disease for 25 years. Despite this , I have a fortunate career as the lead of , a , and am an — along with my wife — for people struggling with these same diseases.

The symptoms of my illness began in 1987 when I was 21 years-old, struggling to make it as a rock musician in Los Angeles. After experiencing terrible abdominal pain, I went to the bathroom and found (warning: not pretty) bloody mucus in the toilet. Shortly thereafter, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I decided to put my musical dreams on hold and move back to Seattle. Depression ensued and it took me six months before I could pick up a guitar again, but I did (thanks to a particularly killer Stevie Ray Vaughn concert). Two years later, Pearl Jam was formed and our career took off.

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My name is Mike McCready and I have lived with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease for 25 years. Despite this diagnosis, I have a fortunate career as the lead guitarist of Pearl Jam, a beautiful family, and am an advocate — along with my wife and more »

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