A while back I wrote a guest blog called 23andMe – Be a Part of the IBD Genetics Study for The Great Bowel Movement sharing my experiences with the 23andMe DNA test kit. 23andMe is doing a genetic study whose goal is to discover the building blocks that make up IBD so that we may better understand it, and in the end create better treatments and ultimately a cure.
A short time later 23andMe asked to use quotes from the article and images from my blog page. To which I responded with something like: “Go for it!” Talk about following through. So on this World IBD Day I was pleasantly surprised with this super cool Ta Da! The image they created is beautiful. And a pretty nifty thing for a kid from small town Silverton, Oregon. I hope it helps boost Ostomate pride, IBD awareness and the ongoing efforts as an entire community to find effective treatments and ultimately cure.
So if you feel like it, go check out the 23andMe page, The Great Bowel Movements page and my article. Perhaps you’d like to participate as well?
So a couple weeks ago I was honored to be a guest blogger for The Great Bowel Movement – Awareness for Crohn’s & Colitis where I wrote about my experience participating in the 23andMe IBD DNA study, why it is an important step forward in research for our community, and why we need your help.
I was delighted when TGBM loved my blog enough to post it on their page and delighted all over again when 23andMe liked it enough to share on their media as well.
And so, I will post the article here for anyone who hasn’t seen it and ask that you consider participating. Because you, my Sweet Bolognas, are important. You matter with all your uniqueness. You have all the clues for cure found through struggle and pain, resilience and hope. You are vital in getting to the bottom of IBD.
With that I give you 23andMe – Be a Part of the IBD Genetics Study
” I am quite similar to many of you, in that I have participated in fund raising, educational events, studies, and testing for a cure. However, this study is a bit different. It’s the idea of looking at the root, versus symptom management and is in line with new DNA based thinking in regards to finding cures for diseases. 23andMe and Pfizer are working to shine a spotlight on IBD and giving us the opportunity as a community to participate in turning the direction of our own disease.“