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The family and friends of Jeffrey Thomas unite in love and prayer to support him in his battle against Crohn's Disease.


What is Crohn’s Disease?

For patients with Crohn's Disease, the body's overactive immune system can attack any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  Inflammation, caused by the pooling of white blood cells, extends deep into the lining of the affected part of the GI tract, causing pain and the intestine to empty frequently.

Chronic, or long-lasting, inflammation may produce scar tissue that builds up inside the intestine to create a stricture, which slows the movement of food through the intestine, causing severe abdominal cramping and pain.

While symptoms vary from patient to patient, and some may be more common than others, the tell-tale symptoms of Crohn’s Disease include:

• Persistent diarrhea • Rectal bleeding • Urgent need to move bowels • Abdominal cramps and pain • Sensation of incomplete evacuation • Constipation leading to bowel obstruction

Additional symptoms may include:

• Fever • Loss of appetite • Weight Loss • Fatigue • Night sweats • Nausea • Vomiting • Skin lesions • Joint pain • Ulcers • Fissures • Fistulas • Abscesses

Crohn's is a chronic disease.  This means patients will likely experience periods when the disease flares up and causes symptoms, followed by periods of remission when they may not notices symptoms at all. 

In severe cases, like Jeffrey's, symptoms of the disease are so debilitating that normal daily life is not possible without treatment.  Infections and excessive bleeding are life-threatening.

There is currently no cure for Crohn's Disease, but there are therapies, surgeries, and medications that can help patients cope with the disease and even bring about remission. 


Funds raised on GiveForward.com will assist Jeff and his family with medical expenses.

Donations may also be mailed to the family at the following address:

Jeffrey Thomas

64 Cumberland Road

West Hartford, CT 06119

Thank you for your kindness and generosity in support of Jeffrey's fight against Crohn's Disease.


Dear Lord, in these troubling times, I am filled with unspeakable fears.  I reach my hand out to you now.  I ask you to walk beside me.  Please help me hold on strong during these storms, and help me hold my hopes high, even in the darkest hours.  Amen.


Dear God, source of Love and Life, who brings abundance to all, please bring prosperity to Jeffrey and his family now.  We ask that their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing be well filled with income enough to pay their bills, feed them nourishing food, and provide them with health care and wellness.  Beyond the material needs, please uplift their souls, inspire their creativity and resourcefulness, and guide them in improving their lives.  Please help them to hold on to faith and find peace during these difficult times.  Amen.


 

 

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