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25th meeting/5th Virtual Meeting

Support Group Meeting #25 was held on September 22, 2020, at 6:30 P.M. It was our fifth Zoom VIRTUAL meeting in which the distinguishedIBD Gastroenterologist, Dr. Richard P. Rood, spoke to us about Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Dr. Rood, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FASGE is the chairman of the National Medical Advisory Board of the UOAA and specializes in the treatment of patients with Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Microscopic Colitis, Celiac Disease and the management of refractory diarrhea. He is a physician educator and a skilled endoscopist. He is Professor of Medicine in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Division of Gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. and attending physician at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Barnes Jewish West County Hospital. He is also an Ostomate.

He developed Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 10 and had to have a colectomy with an ileostomy when he was 13. He is the proud father of three grown children and grandfather of 6 grandchildrenand has been an IBD Gastroenterologist for 32 years.

He discussed IBD Ulcerative colitis and Crohns Disease. He said that Crohns is an incurable disease that, depending which tract it strikes, can affect the body between the mouth and the anus and the full thickness of the bowel wall. There is no surgery for Crohns.

IBD is a chronic illness which is an inflammatory disease of the GI tract. It is primarily a young person disease (teens, 20s to mid 50s) which theycontract during their prime of life.

Our next meeting will be on October 27th at 6:30PM and we will hear the story of Robin Brown, from farm girl to beauty queen, who also has an ostomy.

The following is part of Dr. Rood’s power point presentation. The last four slides contain information on COVID-19.

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