A Woman’s Interesting and Inspiring Ulcerative Colitis Plan

June-September is wedding season. One of the most frequented topics of conversation among friends is weddings. It seems I’m at a stage when no matter who I’m with or what we’re doing, there’s always something to discuss on the subject of dating, engagement, or weddings—even sometimes divorce. I have yet to meet a girl who doesn’t have at least some vision of what her wedding day will look like, even if she doesn’t have the Pinterest board(s) to prove it.

And when it comes to creative wedding plans, Jan Reicher, who lives with ulcerative colitis (UC), may just have one of the most original ideas for a reception—ever.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the large intestine and colon.

In general, the more of the colon that’s affected, the worse the symptoms will be. In most people, the symptoms come and go. Some people go for months or years without symptoms (that’s called “remission”). Then they will have a flare-up. People who have ulcerative colitis for eight years or longer also have a greater chance of getting colon cancer. The longer they have had ulcerative colitis, the greater the risk.

But, back to the wedding talk …

My first impression of Jan’s wedding venue choice struck me as… well… different from those Pinterest boards. You see, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is honoring Jan at a reception, and of all the guests, she’ll be the one in her wedding dress.

And then, after I read about Jan’s motivation and intentions, I have to confess—her choices are pretty impressive and are a true expression why she is being honored as the ulcerative colitis special guest.

Read more here to check out her GENIUS wedding reception approach.


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