Nicole Bundas, Army Vet and human resources staffer at the Ann Arbor Vets Affairs, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was training at Fort Dix for a deployment to Iraq. (Photo by Brian Hayes)By Mike Richman , Writer-Editor, VA.Gov Research Communications
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
For Army Vets Nicole Bundas, life is a constant game of anticipation.
As someone with Crohn’s disease who has frequent bouts of diarrhea, she always has to plan where she is in relation to a restroom. The number of her trips to the restroom depends on whether she’s experiencing intestinal inflammation, or a flare. If that’s the case, she says, it could be more than five per day.
VA.Gov researchers are active in studying Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Bundas praises her colleagues at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and her family for being supportive.
“It’s really been a struggle for me, especially at work, having to realize that this disease changes your life,” says Bundas, a former member of the Michigan National Guard. “Most people can just get up and go, kind of, `I can just go on a trip.’ Nobody wants to go to the…