From the Hospital to the Big Screen: Derek and the Crohnie Movie

From the Hospital to the Big Screen: Derek and the Crohnie Movie

From the Hospital to the Big Screen: Derek and the 'Crohnie' Movie A conversation with Derek Mari Recently, we had the chance to chat with Derek Mari about his diagnosis of Crohn's disease, why he fights so hard against stigma and shame, and how he's bringing this story (hopefully) to a really, really large audience - through a full-length film. Follow along with what he had to share: GBM: Let's start at the very beginning - your diagnosis story. Derek: I grew up in Modesto, CA, and was originally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 15. It happened after about a year of dealing with symptoms, and so so much Tylenol. Although I finally received that diagnosis, it still felt like a mystery. I didn't really understand the problem, only that I was in a ton of pain and wanted it to stop. I eventually moved to Los Angeles to go to film school, and I started seeing a gastroenterologist at UCLA. My diagnosis...
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Adventures with an Ostomy

Adventures with an Ostomy

Adventures With An Ostomy Guest Post by Abbey Corbett Life. Life. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s unpredictable. It’s exciting. It’s maddening. It can change in the blink of an eye.  The year was 2009. I was sitting with one of my roommates at college when something caught my eye on the muted TV screen. It was a photo of a stunning young woman in a black bikini confidently showing off her ostomy bag. I was immediately drawn to the story because as someone who had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 8, I knew that a bag was almost guaranteed to be in my future. When I pictured it though, I pictured it 20, maybe 30 years in the future after I’d been married and maybe had a few children. After I had been able to get as much out of life as possible. Sudden Turns When You're Not Ready Fast forward 8 years later, I found myself sitting in my doctor’s office...
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