Today's Roanoke Times has this story about Jordan Fifer, age 13, who is about to travel to Chicago for an experimental Crohn's disease treatment involving a stem-cell transplant (using his own stem cells, not the controversial kind). The young man has a website, and a fund for his medical bills (and other necessaries), jordanfiferfund.org. Good luck to you, Jordan.
There are almost a million people with Crohn's disease in the United States and I am one of them. Occasionally, I come across reported cases involving persons with Crohn's who are either claiming disability or discrimination. In one such case, the Sixth Circuit noted:
"Even if Kerwin were, as Ada Kerwin suggests, a lazy, financially unsuccessful trial attorney before his diagnosis, he nevertheless would be entitled to recovery under the Policy if Crohn's disease left him unable to perform the functions of a trial attorney."
Kerwin v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co., 6 Fed. Appx. 233, 239 n.3, 2001 WL 223856, 4 n.3 (6th Cir. 2001). (And no, I did not file an amicus brief in the case.)