Gutsy: a documentary about living with IBD

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Ryan Nesbitt, a former AbbVie IBD Scholarship recipient, decided to make a documentary that gave a glimpse into what it's like to live with inflammatory bowel disease. He reached out to Jessica Grossman, the founder and spokesperson of Uncover Ostomy, for her insight into being diagnosed at a young age, and growing up with a chronic disease.

Ryan and Jessica swap stories about their lives with Crohn's disease in Gutsy, which is now available to watch and share on our YouTube channel, as well as our Facebook page.

Our thanks to Gutsy's co-producers, Ryan Nesbitt and Rebeca Ortiz, for bringing this film to life, and to Jessica Grossman for being so open about her story.


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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