Hi, I’m Brandi Chastain, a former member of the United States women’s national soccer team.
I'm partnering with AbbVie because my son was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2015. And I'm sharing my family's experience in hopes that other people will be open to making an IBD Game Plan and helping those who are living with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis find a good support team and program that will help them, lead them towards remission. And it's very personal and I want to help motivate others that there's – you're not alone, that we are all in this together to educate ourselves, to motivate ourselves, to be proactive in our own health and wellness. And this, this program for me is a way to do that. And so for me it's about education, about motivation, and awareness overall.
A program like this is needed because there's people like myself and my husband and our son, and we needed support. We needed teams of people to help us, along with doctors to manage treatment and to hopefully help us towards remission. We needed people to understand what Crohn's disease is and what someone who's living with a chronic disease needs on a regular basis.
For me, personally, it's wrapping my arms around as many people as I can to say, "Help me. Help me learn. Help me grow. Help my son be in a positive environment so that we can manage, every day, his chronic Crohn's disease in a positive environment."
Whether that's healthcare provider, whether that's a principal at school, whether that's a friend, and ask for help, number one. But also then, in turn, that I can reach out to others and say there's 1.6 million Americans who are suffering with IBD, specifically Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and together we can help each other. You know, there is this strength that comes in numbers that I feel, I feel so much better once I knew that there was people that could help me. You know? We're, you're not alone. And I think helping is the greatest way for me to feel good about what our family can provide to others.