Welcome to The Crohn's Disease Support Network - CDSN™
CDSN is a FREE NON PROFIT Support Network - created on September 24th, 2009 and is ran by members with Crohn's Disease.
This network's goal is to help people living with Crohn's Disease, along with the families and friends of Crohn's patients. Family members and friends need support also because it is never easy to see someone you care about suffer.
When you join CDSN you are joining a group of people who give and receive support to/from each and every member who comes here. Even though we may be at different stages, we are all still living with this incurable disease together. Make a difference by sharing your experiences and offering your support whenever you can. We have a zero tolerance for harassment on CDSN - obviously because to turn a blind eye when a member feels uncomfortable to post due to another persons behaviour would defeat the purpose of this being a support network. Misunderstandings happen, but aggressive behaviour is a choice. So, please keep this in mind when you post.
There is a large majority of people who know someone with Crohn's or have heard of it, although they have no idea what it is or how serious it can be. Hopefully through the CDSN these people can connect with each other to offer support, awareness, and education.
This site is geared towards Crohn's Disease and especially those with other Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). We only occasionally accept members without IBD based on our interaction with you (e.g. raising IBD awareness). We like to provide a safe environment for our members to open up comfortably, which is why this is a closed group.
One great feature is the Live Chat. When you sign onto CDSN you automatically log into the live chat as well.
You MUST be 13yrs/older to join CDSN - and 16yrs/older to use the chat.
Together as a community we can make a difference - one voice at a time!
Stay up-to-date with CDSN on Twitter & Facebook!
CDSN will always be a FREE to members, NON PROFIT Support Network, but if you would like to donate towards keeping CDSN running:
Please read our donation page for more information!
As many of you know, Jason is having time out for his health at the moment. We all want him to get better! It's difficult for us to pass on all your messages, so we have set up a facebook page. Whatever you would ask us to say to him for you, you can now write it here yourself instead: Messages for Jason.
CDSN Featured Member: Karen Langston! Read about this wonderful member under the right column!
The website Healthline has chosen their top 10 Crohn's blogs of 2012 and The chronicles of Jason’s life with Crohn’s Disease has been chosen as their #1 blog - (the blog) "will make every reader feel at home. This fun and touching blog keeps track of Jason’s heartwarming take on his fellow “Crohnies” and the ups and downs of life with a chronic illness." Truly a humbling honor!
Warm Giving generously added another stunning necklace to their items to benefit CDSN! A Faceted Iolite Necklace presented by Rachel Miriam (who makes the awesome CDSN Signature Bracelet) - is on sale now. The item can also be found on the site Velvet Red TV ...which is pretty awesome! This is huge exposure for Crohn's Disease/IBD's!
You can now share content on Facebook directly from CDSN! Just click on the FACEBOOK button when available - and content will be shared on Facebook! You can share to either your personal page or the CDSN Organization Page.
There are lots of terms and medications in the IBD world - there is now a page with Common IBD Terms for reference.
There are also lots of IBD related issues that many of us have experienced so there is now a CDSN page listing issues our members have mentioned, but we'd love your feedback so we can update more wherever possible!
Rachel Miriam Jewelry presents the The CDSN Signature Bracelet! There are two versions of the bracelets to choose from. One bracelet is made of suede/leather - while the other is a wax linen. Each bracelet has sterling silver findings with extensions (7 - 8.5" long) with an included sterling silver inspirational charm of your choosing (there are five charms to choose from, and you can add extra charms for an additional fee). The CDSN bracelets are a representation of the bond and understanding that those living with IBD’s share. This bond is represented in the bracelet’s intertwined braid – similar to the intertwined lives shared by patients.
You can now "LIKE" CDSN on Facebook with the brand new CDSN Organization Page! Take a minute and "Like" it if you would be so kind!
CDSN is extremely honored to announce TWO GORGEOUS NECKLACES - Baby Blue Chalcedony and Emerald Necklace ~ available now through Warm Giving and designed by Rachel Miriam Jewelry. On 11/13/11 Warm Giving added these STUNNING earrings - check them out! Thanks to the amazing Stacey Kohl and Rachel Miriam their organizations are helping individuals and organizations in need; they are truly remarkable women.
Added a page CDSN Experiences. If you feel CDSN has helped in any way - or you want to comment about CDSN...please share your experiences!
Check out the IBD Country Directory with phone numbers, email, addresses, etc for many Crohn's/ IBD foundations across the world.
Curious on how to Tweet with Twitter on CDSN? Check out the CDSN and Twitter discussion. Are you on Twitter? Share your Twitter name here!
Do not forget to check out the unique Groups - especially the Rate your medications polls in the Crohn's and Medications Group. Need a good laugh? The Healing Through Humor Group should do the job!
Patient Discussions are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on CDSN. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. NEVER try any medication or supplement without consulting your doctor first. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
This category is for anything symptom related.
This category is for anything symptom related
This is for Crohn's issues within the GI tract, and outside (eye, skin, joint issues).
This is for food/diet based discussions.
This topic is for discussions relating to working (or not being able to) with an IBD.
This is for articles/news pertaining to Crohn's Disease. These articles are emailed from Google news alerts - for anything pertaining to Crohn's Disease.
This is for Medication side effects, as well as any mystery symptom/side effects you feel you are experiencing.
This is for discussing medications and/or studies you might be participating in.
This category is for people who would like to discuss any tests, scans, procedures, etc they would like to discuss/share.
This category is for therapies/treatments that are not prescription.
*Go To The Live Chat Instructions Page*
*When you sign onto CDSN you automatically log into the CDSN Live Chat as well.
*You can disconnect from the chat by clicking on the green circle at the bottom left of the main window, and bottom right of the chat bar.
*Clicking on the grey squares beside the green dot will make the chat box pop out into an independent chat window.
*When you navigate off the main page the live chat becomes a chat bar on the lower right corner.
*You can pop out the chat bar by clicking on the two grey rectangles as well.
*If you need to chat with an admin and we are not available, please leave a comment on one of our pages - or send a private message. We will get back to you ASAP - Thank You: Jason.
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