Gutsy Learning Series

The Gutsy Learning Series (GLS) is a national education event hosted by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada in partnership with McMaster University. This series offers an innovative learning experience for those affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Available online via live broadcast and in-person at McMaster, the GLS is accessible across Canada. The series also provides an interactive Q&A period where participants can have their questions answered by leading IBD experts.

FALL 2017 Series: managing complications in ibd

Living with Crohn’s or colitis is complicated.
The most common symptoms of abdominal pain, fatigue, and diarrhea are hard enough to live with, but throw complications like fistulas, reduced bone density or cancer into the mix, and things can start to sound a little daunting. Our expert speakers will help you understand what to expect and how you can manage your disease.



Dr. John Marshall, Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institue and Head of Clinical Research for the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster

Dr. Marshall discussed some of the common complications people with Crohn's or colitis can experience, and how to manage these complications should they arise.

Usha Chauhan, Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP) within the Digestive Disease Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences

NP Chauhan talked about how self-awareness can help you identify complications related to Crohn's or colitis, and how educating yourself about your disease can help you stay on top of it.

Melissa ErdmanCrohn’s disease warrior, wife, mom, and advocate

Melissa shared her personal journey living with Crohn’s disease, including starting a career, getting married and having two beautiful daughters.




Gutsy Learning Series Fall 2017 was made possible through a grant from 

past presentations

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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