Adventures With Crohn's
Rollin for IBD
Cycling across Canada with Crohn's Disease
This ride is in support of Crohn's and Colitis Canada. The link above will take you to our fundraising page on their website. Donations will go directly to the foundation and any donation over $15 will automatically receive a tax receipt.
Feel free to contact me
with any questions
The best ways to see exactly where we are will be Instagram and Facebook, we'll be posting there multiple time a day(providing we have service)
We'll also be uploading to YouTube at least once a week, maybe twice!
And last but not least, catch us on Now Radio with Rachel every Friday afternoon!
The best way to get real-time updates in on Instagram. The Facebook page also works but is just a copy of the Instagram posts but sometimes with more pictures!! The website is more difficult to update and I usually do so when I have wifi and have time to get my computer out.
What is Crohn's Disease?
In a nutshell, Crohn's Disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that causes inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and disrupts your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrition, and eliminate waste in a healthy manner.
This inflammation can occur anywhere along the GI tract, from mouth to anus, but is usually found in the lower part of the small bowel and the upper colon.
Ulcerative Colitis is another form of IBD that is generally more localized in nature than Crohn's Disease and typically affects the colon (large intestine) including the rectum and anus and only inflames the inner lining of bowel tissue.
To learn more about Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, visit the Crohn's and Colitis Canada website!
So why cycle across Canada?
I've always been drawn toward human powered activities and after discovering bicycle touring, I quickly fell in love! Combining camping, cycling, and travel; bicycle touring is the perfect mix! While road trips can be fun, I find being cooped up in a car all day to be physically and mentally draining but for no real reason. All I did was sit there all day. Yes, after cycling for 10 hours on a fully loaded touring bike, you certainly feel physically and sometimes mentally drained, but with very good reason. Along with this comes an overwhelming sense of accomplishment; something I don't get from driving all day.
With this ride we hope to help raise awareness for a disease that really doesn't get talked about enough. We hope to educate those who are unaware of its devastating effects and to help those who currently suffer from IBD feel more comfortable talking about it and show that it doesn't have to be as limiting as you might think!
On top of all that, we want to promote cycling! Whether it's just a casual ride, commuting to work, or my personal favorite, bicycle touring. Just get on and ride!