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CCFA Illinois Education Symposium 2014

CCFA HeaderEven though I have been to IBD education events before, I still keep coming back to this one. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)’s Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter has a wonderful patient and family educational symposium. This year it’s on Saturday, April 12 at 2200 E. Devon Avenue (Lower Level), Des Plaines, IL 60018. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. and the actual programming starts at 9:00.

With all my research and years of experience, I look forward to this consistently. I like talking to the vendors, hearing updates on medications and scientific understanding of IBD, and chatting with fellow patients. I’ll admit that I’m biased toward a few of the University of Chicago speakers because they care for me personally, but that’s all the more reason for you to come meet them if you’re anywhere nearby! These special people care deeply for their patients, and that passion is especially evident when the address conference attendees. The speakers plan to equip us with the knowledge and variety of tools they need to take charge of their health. I currently need a knowledge boost, because my disease flared unexpectedly this year and I need to make healthier life choices.

Dr. Rubin always has great sessions, and Michele Rubin is co-moderating a patient panel about surgery. I also had to include this photo because we look fabulous.

Dr. Rubin is giving a few sessions that sound interesting, and Michele Rubin is co-moderating a patient panel about surgery. I also had to include this photo because we look fabulous.

The most important page you should check out to see if this could help you is the agenda for the patient workshops. I’m particularly interested in the talks regarding new therapies, nutrition, and coping with IBD. I’m also a little envious of the awesome programs for kids, because their sessions sound fun and I know those presenters will do a great job. Whatever is going on with your current health, I’m confident you’ll find something useful here. If you’re doing well, I encourage you to come for medical updates and to find out how you can become more involved in the IBD community. Life is better when we look out for each other.

Fellow activists at a past symposium

Fellow activists at a past symposium

This symposium is a relief for newcomers and a boost for veterans. I hope to see you there, and feel free to email me (partiallyunstuffed@gmail.com) if you’d like to grab a bite to eat with me afterward!

Conference Information

Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter

Last year I made a video!

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