My name is Jasmine and I have suffered from a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease called Crohn's Disease since I was 10 years old. It's been an extremely difficult journey from the very beginning, and it's a very difficult thing to accept into your life, for anyone. Crohn's Disease is an illness that affects around 240,000 people today in the UK, and it is a lifelong (chronic) illness with no known cause OR cure. This is the closest we have come to being cured as opposed to being managed - an extremely exciting prospect for all of us Crohnies.
All of us have spent years trialling different medications, suffering from side-effects (for example, Prednisolone [a steroid and one of the most effective drugs used to treat Crohn's disease] can cause joint & muscle problems; skin problems; internal bleeding; and almost always, "Moonface" [a swelling of the face]... I am currently on bi-weekly self-injections called Humira which has given me dermatitis and hair loss.).
If you would like to read more on my personal story, then please visit https://hildaandme.wordpress.com/ ... Read on to learn more about the potential prospects of the MAP vaccine for Crohn's disease...
We are a group of Crohnies whose mission is to raise funds to enable the Crohn's MAP Vaccine developed by Prof. John Hermon-Taylor (King's College London) to commence human trials. This Vaccine is targeted against the bacteria thought to cause Crohn's disease: Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). The vaccine is designed to treat Crohn's disease and has the potential to be a Crohn's cure! The project currently on-going at King's College London will provide a new simple accurate test for MAP in humans for use in the vaccine trial.
We are very grateful to Friends of Kings College London Association Inc for supporting this project.
Crohn's Disease is an aggressive form of inflammatory bowel disease affecting 1.2 million people in the USA. Numbers are increasing, especially in children. Symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea and weight loss. Up to 80% of sufferers will need surgery at some point in their lifetime. There is currently no cure.
We want to help change that. If you are a Crohnie who wants to make a difference then join us - YOUR VACCINE NEEDS YOU!
Visit crohnsmapvaccine.com for more info.