Have you heard of The Restroom Access Act, or also known as Ally’s Law? This state law, currently active in the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, guarantees restroom rights to people with medical needs.
It was developed by Ally Bain, a 15-year-old patient with Crohn’s disease. A disease that affects the body’s immune system and attacks healthy cells in the GI tract, causing inflammation and patients often begin experiencing symptoms in their teens. These symptoms include: severe fatigue, abdominal pain, joint pain, diarrhea and weight loss.* Now Ally experienced a flare-up in a department store and had an accident because she was denied use of the employee only restroom. She took this embarrassing moment and turned into something so incredibly amazing and positive!! She’s dedicated herself to raising awareness about Crohn’s disease; a disease that affects over 700,000 Americans!
So, for today’s Funday Monday, please take a moment to watch FeliciaFibro.com interview with Ally and her gastroenterologist, Dr. David Rubin – where they discuss more about Ally’s Law, information on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs) and IBS. Dr. Rubin is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, and Director of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellowship program at the University of Chicago.
If you’re looking for more information on the ID cards/passes, Felicia recommends that its easiest to search for your state’s information on The Restroom Access Act and go from there. However, I did find this site, but cannot say that I’ve tried it. 🙂
Isn’t Ally amazing?? I also think Dr. Rubin is a great advocate for all patients with Crohn’s – something I love seeing! Do you think this new law will help you? Do you think this law will allow others to understand your disease? If this does not affect you personally – how do you think you could help others with this?
If you’re a newbie here, welcome!
*For more information on Crohn’s go to CrohnsAndMe.com.