05 April 2011

Ashley's Story and The Purple Dress Project

She's adorable, she has a huge heart, and she's my real life friend!

{My story with Crohn's Disease}
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in January of 2010, just a little over a year ago. I had been experiencing abdominal pain for years prior to my diagnoses but I ignored the signs for as long as I could. After a very rough battle with Crohn's Disease for 6 months (including partial blockages, abscesses, draining procedures, colonoscopies, CT scans, barium tests, and more) I finally had surgery and had the infected part of my colon removed. It took several months to regain energy and get my life back on track, but once I did I knew right away I had to make the most of this awful situation. Soon after, The Purple Dress Project was born.

{The Purple Dress Project}
I started the Purple Dress Project after hearing about Amy Seiffert's Gray Dress Project raising awareness about human trafficking. I had finally found a way to combine my two passions, fashion and blogging, to support this dreadful and unglamorous disease that had become a part of my life a little over a year ago. I had a good friend and a graduate of Stephens College Fashion Design Program design a custom purple dress for the project. I will wear the dress every day for the month of April posting pictures of how I accessorize and change the look each day along with information about Crohn's Disease. This is my way of raising awareness about Crohn's Disease and money for much need research to hopefully find a cure soon!

{How you can help}
"Like" The Purple Dress Project on Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same.
Blog about The Purple Dress Project and help us spread the word about this disease!
Most importantly, donate to CCFA via The Purple Dress Project. Any amount is greatly appreciated!



  1. My young nephew in Florida is really sick right now with Crohn's. Thanks for sharing and putting the Purple Dress Project out there. I hope your friend gets her strength back and can find a way to live with this disease. I have Celiac and was misdiagnosed for years. Here's to good health!

  2. Thank you for sharing this! Just went to the FB page. I love to see someone using a struggle in their life to help others. Very inspiring.

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I've had crohn's for 4 years and so many people have no idea what it is. I didn't until I was diagnosed.
    I know the pain and frustration of this disease and are thankful for others that get the message out.


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