Focus on cure
And focus on finding cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Trinity Bay teen
A Trinity South teen feels it’s time for people to move beyond the embarrassment of this disease and turn our attention to finding a cure.
Talking about an inflammatory bowel disease is not usually a hot topic for any teen, but Alyssa Green of Winterton has no problem talking about it.
That’s because the 16-year-old takes the disease seriously and the fight against it personally. Her dad Barry Green has Crohn’s and Colitis.
“He was diagnosed in 1996 and over the years has been very sick,” says Alyssa.“It’s a very painful disease and can affect a person in many ways.”
Crohn’s and Colitis, which is classified as a type of inflammatory bowel disease, is a disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from anus to mouth, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody), vomiting, or weight loss. It may also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis and inflammation of the eye.
Seeing her dad suffer with the disease made Alyssa want to do her part to find a cure.
“I was about 2 or 3 years old when I first realized how sick he was,” says Alyssa.“I can remember sitting on the window ledge of the hospital room, while he was in bed across from me, and thinking that my daddy was very sick. I don’t have a lot of memories about things when I was that young, but this is something I never forgot.”
Alyssa’a aunt (Barry’s sister) Linda Nay of British Columbia also has Crohn’s and Colitis.
“Having a family member with an Inflammatory Bowel Disease increases the chances for my two little brothers and me in getting it,” says Alyssa. “However the disease usually skips a generation, so I probably won’t get it, but my children may and that would be just as bad if not worse. Hopefully by that time a cure will be found.”
When Alyssa was seven she joined the Trinity-Conception Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). That same
“We have to move past not wanting to talk about having chronic diarrhea and having to run to the bathroom all the time, and start focusing on finding a cure.” — ALYSSA GREEN, WINTERTON
year she went door-to-door and raised over $200 for the foundation, $80 of which was all pennies.
“ I filled up some jars and buckets, put it all in my little wagon and hauled it to my first Heel’n’Wheel-a-thon ( Crohn’s and Colitis fundraising event),” says Alyssa.“After that I start- ed taking pledges at school and from family and friends.”
In 2001 she was named honorary chairwoman of the Trinity-Conception Chapter of the CCFC.
THEN - In 2000 seven-year-old Alyssa Green of Winterton went door-to-door and collected over $200 for the Trinity-Conception Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). The following year the organization named her their honorary chairwoman.