Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, blood in stool, fevers, severe stomach pain, and sores in the mouth. The areas with red circles show the areas that are inflamed when Crohn’s disease is diagnosed. Unfortunately there is no cure, only treatments to help with symptoms.
Shirley Harness chose to portray Crohn’s disease in an artistic piece encapsulating the symptomology of the disease. Harness explains that this disease is caused by inflammation, specifically to the alimentary system. As a result, an individual with Crohn’s disease can suffer from diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, blood in stool, fevers, severe stomach pain, and sores in the mouth. Crohn’s disease has no existing cure but instead is usually treated by combating Crohn’s disease symptoms. Harness’s piece illustrates several symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease. First, Harness drew an individual holding their stomach, followed by an arrow elucidating why the individual’s belly was hurting: inflammation. Next, Harness drew a bloody stool, another symptom of Crohn’s disease. Next to this, Harness used a toilet paper roll with each square representing a time day, presumptively indicating that individuals with Crohn’s frequently defecate throughout a single day. Harness applies another kind of calendar by showing that an individual with Crohn’s can undergo rapid weight loss in a matter of weeks. Finally, Harness depicts a thermometer indicating a fever, next to an individual suffering from mouth sores associated with Crohn’s disease. Overall, Harness does a phenomenal job of representing the variety of symptoms that individuals with Crohn’s disease can present! Well done, and very informative!