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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Purple Dress Project

 I'd like to let you all know about a project going on right now over at A Hasty Life.  Ashley is someone I've gotten to know through the blog world and she's a pretty terrific person.  A year ago Ashley was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and her project, The Purple Dress Project, is all about spreading awareness about Crohn's Disease.

The following is from The Purple Dress Project's info page:

In April I will be initiating the Purple Dress Project, an awareness and fundraising event for CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.) You may know that I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease a year ago and endured a rough battle with it before having a colon resection last June. Before that surgery, I was in the emergency room every month with complications.

It was a terribly traumatic experience to go through, especially as I had just started a PhD program in Textile and Apparel Management. Prior to being diagnosed, I had never heard of Crohn’s Disease. While I was battling the disease, I felt alone knowing no one who had had the disease. And it wasn’t the easiest thing to talk to people about; there’s nothing less glamorous than discussing your bowels!

I would like to do what I can to help promote awareness for Crohn’s Disease and make it more acceptable to discuss the disease and its symptoms.

A fellow blogger, Amy Seiffert, initiated The Gray Dress Project to raise awareness for The Daughter Project. She is wearing the same gray dress for 6 months to help bring awareness to and eradicate sex trafficking. I would like to start a similar project (working title: The Purple Dress Project) to raise awareness for Crohn’s Disease.

The purple ribbon is symbolic for Crohn’s Disease so am choosing a purple dress to wear everyday during Crohn’s Disease Awareness Month in April. It will be a fun challenge to make that dress work every day and (I hope!) an unusual and fun way to bring awareness to the disease.

How can we all help?  Well, it's pretty easy.  You can donate here.  Ashley's currently about 21% of the way to her goal of $5,000 and she needs our help!

You can also do what I'm doing and help spread the word.  It's as easy as a simple blog post and maybe a tweet or two on Twitter.  Every little bit helps.

For more information please check out the following links:

22 wonderful thoughts:


in my previous job i looked after a girl with crohns,it was terrible, she hadn't been diagnosed properly and she got so ill she had to be tube fed for 18 months as she couldn't have solid food, i think people dont realise how bad crohns can be well done for highlighting it xx

Scientific Housewife

Wow, what a great project!

The Favour Shoppe

Very Inspiring!!

Cafe Fashionista

This is such an inspirational challenge - I absolutely adore it!! :)

Jessie Szmanda

Wow Krysten, this really hits home. I actually found out last year I have the first signs of Crohn's disease. My Grandma suffers from ulcerative colitis, and my great aunt (her sister) has Crohn's. It is so sad!

Jamie Leigh

Thanks for sharing this and help spread awareness! What a great project!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

What a cool and inspirational project! I'm off to check it out!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Teenage Bride

what a creative way to promote a cause!

Dancing Branflake

Wow! What a wonderful campaign. I am definitely going to be following her story. Incredible!

Erin {pughs' news}

A very worthy cause, and a great idea! I love her purple dress, and look forward to seeing all the things she can do with it.

The Blonde Duck

Poor girl!

la petite coquine

What a terrific cause, and a perfect way to spread awareness!


that's awesome. i love and highly respect people who make a point to talk about things which we so often don't talk about in society. far too often, things which make us uncomfortable, afraid, or which we know nothing about, are treated as shameful. but it shouldn't be that way. i'll go educate myself on crohn's disease and help spread the word about this. thanks dear!


I love this...and I always love how much bloggers support other bloggers and help spread the word! Amazing!


Fantastic- I'm in full support.

Audrey Allure

What a great cause, and wonderful that you blogged about it!


My SIL was diagnosed with Crohn's a few years ago after battling major stomach pain for months and months. And then she had to stay in the hospital and have an unnecessary surgery because a doctor had FORGOTTEN to take out the camera when they were doing a check. (How one forgets something like that, I DON'T KNOW!) She was in the hospital for a few months and when she left, her hair was a mess because nobody at the hospital had taken the time to brush it for her. (She has super thick, super curly hair) so having to chop it all off was just the icing on the cake for her. She takes super good care of herself now, though. She stays away from all chocolate and candy and does what she needs to do to keep herself healthy and away from a flare-up.

Sorry I wrote a book! I had never heard of Crohn's before my SIL was diagnosed and I saw from her side what an awful disease it is.


What a beautiful project and a lovely post! I'm off to read up a bit more. Have a wonderful day ladies.


What a great cause - thanks for sharing!


I need to remember to tweet about this. She's so fabulous!

The Blonde Duck

Happy Wednesday!

Diana Mieczan

What a beautiful project and a great post. Hugs and kisses, my dear