Clinical Trial Patient Stories


From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a mother. But, when I began experiencing symptoms of Crohn's disease at age 21, I became worried about how my future may look. Knowing instinctively that I wanted to be well to have a child, I set out on a mission to heal the angry disease that was taking over my intestines. After struggling on lower-tiered medications, a hospitalization for an obstruction led me to realize that the deep healing that I desired would only come using biologic medications. But I wanted to have kids soon; would using these medications during a future pregnancy be safe? Research into the topic wasn't as plentiful as I would have liked, and the message boards and mom blogs were full of more questions than answers. As it would turn out, I would need to participate in the research if I wanted to help answer this question.

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Brandon's Story

In November of 2014, an enormously painful half-dollar sized perianal abscess took me by surprise. At the time, I had no idea what an abscess was, or where the perianal region was, so I went to my internist to learn more. (For readers who don’t know, a perianal abscess is when a collection of pus develops near the anus). He directed me to a colorectal surgeon, who insisted that we immediately cut and drain the abscess. After two surgical attempts, he surrendered to the uncontrollable buildup of fluid, and passed me along to another surgeon.

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Michael L. Fox

I was diagnosed with mild ulcerative colitis in early 2010. Though I took the prescribed medications the UC was continuous and worsened over the next three years until I had exhausted all approved treatments to no avail. A specialist at UCI recommended I consider a clinical trial medication.

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