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In 1971 Jim Behling was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect the entire intestinal tract including the stomach and esophagus. At the time Jim was told that Crohn’s was a, “nuisance” disease that would come and go but would not be life threatening.

In 1973 Jim’s entire large intestine was removed in a life-saving emergency operation necessitated by the damage done by this, “nuisance” disease.