Famous People With Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative
One the biggest reasons to hate IBD is the emotional toll it takes on
those diagnosed. There are many people out there living
normal productive lives with IBD, here are some notable famous people
who didn't let their condition get in their way.
Tony Snow is the White House Press Secretary for President George W.
Bush. Before his becoming Press Secretary, Tony
enjoyed a successful career in broadcasting including his own
nationally syndicated talk radio program and regular appearances on the
Fox New Channel. Tony suffered from ulcerative
colitis for years before being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005.
is an American actress who starred in the hit
television series Beverly
Hills 90210 and Charmed revealed in 1999 that she suffers from Crohn's
Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for the band Pearl Jam, has been
suffering from Crohn's disease since being diagnosed at age 21.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, suffered
from Crohn's disease and underwent an emergency resection in
1956. President Eisenhower was later elected to a second term
later that same year.
The quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, David Gerrad, was
diagnosed with Crohn's disease in March of 2004. David
underwent surgery in May of 2004 to remove a blockage of his intestines.
Al Geiberer is a former professional golfer with 11 PGA tournament wins
and 10 Senior PGA wins. Al had surgery to remove his colon in
1980 because of IBD and now has an ileostomy. Al is the
founder of the Mr. 59 tournament, a yearly charity event where the
proceeds go to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
The American born singer and song writer, Anastacia
was diagnosed with
Crohn's disease at the age of 13. Anastacia has sold over 25
million albums worldwide.
"For those with Crohn's, holding in our emotions or masking her
unhappiness fuels the symptoms," said Anastacia. "What is
a curse for some, is a gift for me, because it has helped me to
discover who I really am as a person. The disease has given
clear window to my own emotions, which causes me to live each moment
and to understand exactly how I'm behaving in a particular situation."
Mary Ann Mobley
Mary Ann Mobley
was crowned Miss America in 1959.
in her early 20's with Crohn's disease she starred alongside Elvis
Presley in several films. She is also the co-chairwoman of
the Celebrity Club of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
is most known for his portrayal of 'Mac Scorpio' on
daytime soap opera General Hospital. Also making
appearances on the television series 21 Jump Street, Newhart, and
Family Ties, John suffers from ulcerative colitis.
, the American comedian and actor suffers from
disease. Joe was the host of the successful reality
television series Fear Factor and a regular on the sitcom News Radio.
Joe still enjoys success headlining comedy clubs.
, the british born singer songwriter sometimes described
as folk/electronica, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the early
age of 17. Depsite having to cancel a few shows in 1999, Beth
has said that she has not suffered any serious symptoms in the past 3
years following a strict analysis of her diet. Her latest
album, Comfort of Strangers was released in February 2006.
Chris Conley, the vocalist for the New Jersey band Saves
has lived with Crohn's disease
since he was 15 or 16 years old. His battle with Crohn's
disease inspired the song Where
from the band's 2003 album In Reverie
From Music Emissions
, Chris Conley says
"I have a stomach disorder called Crohn's disease and it was getting
really bad when we were getting ready to tour with Weezer. I
had to take steriods, which disturbs your emotional state and balance;
your equilibrium is thrown off and it makes the lows lower. I
happened to be going through a sad period. The overall theme
is about take everything in, the depression, confusion and
anxiety, but also the incredible highs."
George 'The Animal' Steele
Jim Myers AKA George 'The Animal' Steele
the American professional wrestler who began his career in 1962, was
diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1988 after suffering symptoms for 9
years. Jim was inducted into the WWE "Hall of Fame" in 1995
most recently the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.