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01-17-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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MY IBD vs Hurricane Sandy

I was in and out of the hospital due to active disease weeks leading up to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on my hometown. I live in Staten Island, New York. Parts of Staten Island were demolished and it was devastating. I just so happen to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and when I saw how my fellow “islanders” were struggling, I knew deep down inside that I had to do something to help. Even though I wasn’t feeling well, I wasn’t letting this disease stop me from saving people. To make a long story short, my work within the disaster area was very successful. I treated hundreds of victims within a 3 months’ time period. Actually, my relief efforts were recognized by the media all around the world; I posted some of the videos below. Anyways, this was the first time that I attempted a major task /workload since being newly diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Ankylosing Spondylitis. When I was diagnosed, I was in denial about the possibility of working again or even returning to a normal lifestyle, but Hurricane Sandy was a turning point with my view on this disease. You can’t let it stop you from doing anything. Yes I had a few flares during my relief efforts, but I stayed strong and did what I had to do. I’m sharing this story, especially for the newly diagnosed patients, to show that it’s possible for anyone to make a difference in this world, even if you’re one who suffers from Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Media Coverage on Eddie Saman

Eyewitness News (ABC): click here

NY1 News: first story click here
second story click here

Pix11 News: click here

New York Post: click here

Thanks For Reading,

Salvatore Barcia
Crohn's Disease Patient
Staten Island, New York

Greater New York Chapter-CCFA
01-18-2013, 03:49 AM   #2
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Well done to you! I think how we behave in hard times shows our true strength of character

DX: Crohns July 2002
Surgery: Ileocecal Resection Sept 2011
Now:Tummy behaving itself and new mummy to baby Nicholas
Current Meds: 6-MP 75mg,B12 injections every 3 months
Previous Meds: Budesonide, Prednisone, Remicade, Pentesa,Hydroxychlorequine,Azathioprine (tried twice) and Methotrexate
01-18-2013, 03:53 AM   #3
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that is so great!!!
This can be a very tough disease, so everyone loves to hear the good stories too.

thanks for sharing. come to the site anytime to get or give support.
take care
Daughter (age 17) diagnosed with Crohns Colitis/UC 1/2012 Mod/severe changed to U.C.: 11/7/2014 anemia:blood transfusion current: Flare, weaning from Prednisone, still bloating: Meds ,Pentesa: 2000mg twice daily, Vegan diet, mesalamine enemas .Previous: mercaptopurine, Remicade (13 treatments), Imuran, prednisone ), Flagyl, iron infusions, cortifoam,
Continue to be hopeful
Daughter: age 21, undiagnosed: GI issues
01-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #4
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Thank You!
01-18-2013, 07:59 AM   #5
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Taking the focus off your own issues is definitely a great way to heal also. Kudos to you!

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