Digestive Disease Week 2015

So I’ve got exciting news.  Thanks to Sara of Inflamed and Untamed for suggesting me, I am attending the IBD Social Circle Summit as part of Digestive Disease Week!

It’s like being handed a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Heck Yes!

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The IBD Social Circle Summit has been put on by Janssen Biotech.  It’s a way for pharmaceutical, medical and patient advocates to get together to focus efforts towards awareness and education.  These are the brains and souls that dedicate themselves to solve the ultimate IBD puzzle.  And they do it with humor, accuracy and passion.  I feel both thrilled as can be and out of my element in the most deliriously joyful way.  Most of all so honored just to be able to attend.

Last year I watched in GI Fan Girl appreciation as some of my favorite in the IBD community got together to share their knowledge.  It was hopeful as a patient to see the process in which minds of varying disciplines get together for a common goal.

I plan to document my experiences and share with you along the way.  So follow my Crohnie Bologna IBD Facebook Page and Twitter @CrohnieBologna.  You can also follow using the hashtag #DDW15.  The schedule feels like a magical whirlwind of gastro health awesomeness.  It begins with a web chat on Preparing for Procedures and Surgery and ends with the Documentary Premiere of Swimming with Courage and Crohn’s, chronicling Crohn’s patient Ryan Steven’s swim across Lake Erie in an effort to raise awareness for IBD.

To join in on the fun you can register to participate in the IBD Social Circle “Preparing for Procedures & Surgery” Web Chat.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Janssen Biotech, Inc. paid for my travel expenses for the summit. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Which is freeing.  I can speak honestly and not feel as though I am there to endorse any company or product.  I can just be myself which will likely include a contained amount of fan girling, geeking out at the uber smart gastros and most of all meeting people within my IBD family.

I can hardly wait.

 

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