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Personal Impact Paper Living with Crohn’s disease is very challenging. This chronic condition causes inflammation of the bowel and digestive tract, and it can also affect the mouth, esophagus, and the stomach ("Crohn’s Disease Health Center", 2005-2014). Crohn’s can spread deep into surrounding infected tissues, causing agonizing pain, and can even be life-threatening. There are many symptoms for this disease, the most common being diarrhea. Other symptoms include, rectal bleeding, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, skin problems, and malnutrition ("Life Expectancy of Crohn's Disease", 1999-2014). The cause for Crohn’s is still unknown, but many theories exist that have not been proven so far. Researchers believe it is caused by a combination of factors, such as, problems in the immune system, environmental factors and genes. It is believed that patients affected with Crohn’s have immune systems that attack the helpful microbes in the gut, which can result in bleeding ulcers and other have other harmful consequences. Environmental factors can lead to flare-ups of the disease, but does not mean that it is the cause. Some examples are, cigarette smoke, bacterial or viral infections and certain foods ("Crohn’s Disease Health Center", 2005-2014). When it comes to genetics, “about 10% to 20% of people with Crohn’s disease have at least one other family member who also has the disease” ("Crohn’s Disease Health Center", 2005-2014). There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but many therapies can help reduce the signs and symptoms and bring long-term remission periods where the patient can function well. Patient C is a 40 year old female who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease about 15 years ago. She lives with her boyfriend, has no children, and has a good support system. Patient C works for an accounting office 40 hours a week, from Monday through

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