GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) -
Inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can be painful and cause many issues including always having to run to the bathroom.
For many sufferers it can be embarrassing to talk about so they don't. Which is why bringing awareness about the diseases is so important.
Every year hundreds of people across the nation put their best foot forward for Chorine's and colitis, "There is currently no cure for it," said Nick Olsen, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
The Green Bay take steps for Crohn's and colitis is a yearly event at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and is designed to raise awareness, "It's a serious disease but this is a time to raise awareness and help people understand it and people kind of hide behind this if they are dealing with it so just to bring it out in the open talk about it," said Olsen.
Because many with the bowel diseases suffer in silence, "People don't like to talk about bowels or things like that," said Mitchell Manthey, MD, gastroenterologist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Gastroenterologist Mitchell Manthey is part of the team at Aurora BayCare's GI clinic- Crohn's and colitis are both inflammatory bowel diseases, "With Crohn's disease any part of the GI tract from the mouth down could be involved colitis is confined to the colon ulcers inflammation swelling can have narrowing strictures" said Dr. Manthey.
The upcoming walk wants to get the word out about the symptoms of Crohn's and colitits , "Bleeding, blood with the stools, diarrhea, cramps, constipation sometimes, diarrhea is most common, losing weight without trying to diet, abdominal pain, weakness, fatigue," said Dr. Manthey.
So people can get help, "If we wait longer we have problems it can be harder to treat we can have complications," said Dr. Manthey.
Take steps has vendors with information about the disease but it's also a fun family festival, "So there is a lot of cool things going on they have a photo booth, face painting, games for kids," Said Olsen.
And then an easy walk down the hospital's the walking trail-- money raised goes to help take steps towards a cure, "There's research there are good people working toward finding cures for these things and more treatments," said Dr. Manthey.
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is Saturday, September 15th at Aurora BayCare Medical Center's campus.
It is a family-friendly walk which includes music, food and entertainment.