HealthWatch: Crohn's Disease Part 2

Published 06/15 2014 11:04AM

Updated 06/18 2014 07:15PM

Green Bay (WFRV) Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to severe abdominal pain and diarrhea.

While there's no known cure for Crohn's treatments can greatly reduce the symptoms and even bring about long-term remission.

Miranda Schutt knows that first hand. After years of pain, Miranda is finally able to live her life mostly pain free.

"I feel a lot more normal. I have good days now and I don't have a fear of always being in the hospital," explained Miranda Schutt, Has Crohn's disease.

Her abdominal symptoms began when she was 17 and continually got worse, "Just really sick, diarrhea, throwing up, severe pain. I kept going in for tests and they kept saying, you're fine or stressed out," said Miranda.

Miranda was treated for a variety of ailments-- but wasn't diagnosed until 3 years later after another trip to the emergency room.

"They thought it was my appendix. So they went in to take out my appendix and low and behold, I had Crohn's," explained Miranda.

Miranda received treatment. It worked for awhile but then the pain came back.

"It really affected me. I was locked in my home or in the hospital. So it wasn't a good way to be living," said Miranda.

It was the final straw for her husband, Dean, who sent her to Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Dr. Erik Johnson who discovered the Crohn's had caused strictures and fistulas.

"When I met her she was feeling pretty bad. And through a combination of surgery and different medicines we've got her feeling much better now," explained Dr. Erik Johnson, General and Colorectal Surgeon, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Dr. Johnson suggested a combination of treatments and medicines.

"Anyone who has this type of disease, it's worth looking at various options because sometimes there are different medicines that are on the horizon," explained Dr. Johnson.

At Aurora BayCare Medical Center the surgeons, doctors and patients work as a team.

" In our case we work closely with out GI doctors and they also help us with doing different procedures and prescribing different medicines to kind of create a team approach with both the medicine and surgery," explained Dr. Johnson.

"We all worked together really well. I knew this was the place I needed to be because of how well they treated me, how they worked together and I was a lot more educated," said Miranda.


Miranda's goal is to go into remission and hopefully some day there is a cure. Which is why she is raising money for the upcoming Crohn's walk.

Aurora BayCare is presenting a fundraiser to raise money and awareness to the issue.

Green Bay Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis is on Sunday, June 22nd at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

The festival and check-in begins at 4 p.m. The walk is at 5 p.m.

To learn more you can call Aurora BayCare at 866-938-0035 or email <

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