In 2019, IBDCoach was merely an idea.
It was nebulous at first, but as the weeks and months passed, we knew this could become something unlike anything else. It came from our understanding that human health is foundational to life. Nothing matters without it.
Over the past several decades, we have watched the incidence of IBD skyrocket worldwide. Healthcare systems are struggling to keep up. IBD patients require more than the “standard of care,” and while frontline interventions like biological therapeutics and surgery offer life-saving options for many individuals, they are just one part of promoting long and sustained states of health and disease remission.
We’ve experienced this first-hand: almost every member of the IBDCoach team is an IBDer that has been on a unique journey to achieve remission from this mystrious, chronic condition. Before IBDCoach, what we were doing simply wasn’t enough. Something else needed to be done.
— Andrew Kornfeld
As a kid, I spent hours with my father as he explained to me the inner workings of life. Alongside my lifelong friends, the natural paradise of my childhood home in the forests of Mount Tamalpais, California bestowed powers of camaraderie, fun, and imagination, served as an outlet for all the stresses of family life and planted the seeds for what would become my intense curiosity about the biological world.
In high school, however, my curiosity was halted when my life took a turn for the worse. I was feeling very stressed by the pressure of school and family life and was suddenly overwhelmed with crippling symptoms of daily diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, severe pain, and anemia. The activities I had once loved like surfing, mountain biking, and hiking became nearly impossible. About six months into my mystery illness, my hair started falling out. I knew something was seriously wrong, as though an overpowering force had compromised the very integrity of my biology.
My health had spiraled out of my control as this violent, existential phenomenon evoked feelings only approximated by words: fragility and volatility, helplessness and despair, intensity and powerlessness. This disease became a daily reminder of my delicate human mortality at the mercy of an unpredictable, mysterious, and forceful opponent.
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