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Board Spotlight: Karyn Hurwich A Conversation with Karyn Why did you join the GIRF Board of Directors? I joined the GIRF Board just before the Ball in 2018 to try to keep my connection to the world of GI medicine. My husband, Daniel Hurwich, was a gastroenterologist and I am a registered nurse. Dan practiced…

Very Veggie Smoothie For patients with IBD, particularly those with symptoms or in the midst of a flare, finding easy and healthy ways to eat fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. This is particularly true in winter, when many fresh fruits and vegetables are not at their peak. “Patients with IBD may need to…

Pregnancy, Fertility, and IBD with Sushila Dalal, MD By Anna Gomberg Until the middle of the twentieth century, women with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis were sometimes advised to not have children, due to risks to their own health, and the complications presented by their disease. Fortunately for patients today, no such barriers exist: women…

Having a Healthy Pregnancy with Crohn’s and Celiac Disease Anne Marion, mother of two, and early childhood educator By Anna Gomberg “I’ve always wanted kids. When I got married in April of 2018, my husband and I just knew we wanted to start trying right away… and I ended up getting pregnant just four months…

Board Spotlight: Kathy Shafer When Kathy Shafer’s daughter Sydney was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 14, Kathy was shocked. Her family had no history of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Kathy and her husband Tom navigated Sydney’s diagnosis with urgency—identifying the right specialists, researching treatments, and managing her care. Sydney struggled with severe Crohn’s disease…

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