As told by Sage
mother, there’s nothing you want more than to know your child is healthy and
safe. And when a child gets sick, it becomes an all-consuming
job to help return them to good health. All through my son’s
treatment, we researched the disease, the medications, and the
specialists who could help him. At first, he was diagnosed with
Doctors prescribed all sorts of medicines, but nothing
seemed to help get this disease under control. Eventually he had emergency
surgery which left my son without a colon. There were more surgeries to come.
After each one, we did what all parents do—we hoped for the best, and we believed
he would be relieved of IBD with his colon gone. But no such luck.
Instead, we faced more uphill battles. At one point,
my son was placed on IV nutrition because he lost so much weight.
Then he started a course of medications that suppressed his immune system.
Eventually his diagnosis changed to Crohn’s disease.
Eventually, I turned to social media to learn more about the
disease and how to better manage it. That’s when I discovered Sage
Products and their Barrier Cream cloths for incontinence. Barrier creams
are used to give sensitive skin an extra layer of protection caused by frequent
People with Crohn’s and colitis tend to use the restroom
more frequently, compared to people without the disease. So it’s
critically important to keep your skin clean and protected after each bowel
There are plenty of barrier creams on the market. But
they’re usually messy and end up dripping down into your underwear. With
the Sage Barrier Cloths, we find they are much more soothing than other
For one, with Sage Barrier Cream cloths, there’s much less
wiping, which, by the way can cause added irritation. And
because the cream is built right into wipe, it’s a better design, easy to use
and convenient. Sage has really made a fabulous product.
The bottom line—my son says these wipes feel much better
than the other wipes or creams.
My son has had a lot of challenges in his young life.
But he’s met each one with determination, resilience and
good humor. He hasn’t let the disease sideline his aspirations in life.
Instead, he’s taken it as an opportunity to do some good and help others.
We are so proud of him. In May, 2014, with his
team, “No Colon, Still Rollin!” he raised over $70K for the
Colitis and Crohn’s Foundation of America (CCFA) New York City
chapter, through the “Takes Steps Walk.” Because of that dedication and
hard work, CCFA recognized him with the “Take Steps Honored Hero” award last
When sports weren’t an option for him, when he was
so sick, he took up stand-up comedy. His act centered on a set
about how he had to “break up with his colon.” Now at age 14, he is
back to playing soccer and basketball.
One way he manages the
disease is by sticking to a careful diet. While it’s hard
not to order Chinese food in New York City, we know eating the right foods is
some of the best medicine.