Raising awareness about the benefits of exercise is important to me as training was the x-factor in putting my Crohn's into remission.
Autoimmune diseases are the third most common cause of chronic illness in the United States and yet are often underreported and notoriously difficult to diagnose.
Many of us live, run, and serve our world courageously and compassionately while contending with autoimmune diseases and chronic illness, and thanks to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation we can continue to do so in life-giving ways that help us thrive and flourish towards holistic health.
I am Joshua Bradley, author of the acclaimed Crohn's Disease AIP Cookbook, Autoimmune Athlete, local runner, Fleet Feet mentor, ambassador, and activist! After training to ride a 50-mile Gran Fondo in 2016, I discovered the amazing power movement, training, and endurance exercise could have on my disease state. Since then, I have competed in triathlons, rode a single speed bike from San Francisco to L.A. with the AIDS/Lifecycle Foundation, and can currently be found training for half-marathon races on the road and trails. My Crohn's has been in remission for 3+ years and I have gone from loop to permanent colostomy, and, most recently, a full colectomy and ileostomy in 2022.
On November 17 and 18 (and again December 1st and 2nd) we are proud to feature the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for two events as we answer their call to “unite to care and cure!” These events will feature an evening book talk/Q&A (with food!), followed the next morning by a community run with the Fleet Feet community. We are excited to create a rare opportunity to talk about the struggles with IBD and autoimmune disease as well as some ways we can empower ourselves to keep moving and feel better.
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect millions of Americans. The Foundation's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. No gift is too small when we work together.