Number 2, Directed by Cal Moreno (California) - Eric must learn to tackle day-to-day life after discovering that Crohn’s disease can be a real pain in the butt…literally. On January 5th, 2015 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation of the digestive, or gastrointestinal tract. What this really means is that I have to go to the bathroom—a lot! College is a whirlwind of self-discovery, and when I entered USC at eighteen, “sick kid” was not the identity I had in mind. My collegiate experience involved doctor’s appointments, blood tests, and outpatient procedures rather than meeting new friends and learning about the world. It became normal to spend mornings in surgery and afternoons in class, pretending in both that nothing was wrong. I was terrified to tell my peers and receive pity when all I wanted was normalcy. So instead, I wrote bathroom jokes in my journal while glued to the toilet. NUMBER 2 is a story literally born between bathroom stalls. After struggling to release my pain, emotions, and bowels, I wanted a way to tell my story without depressing people. I wanted to not only share my experiences of dealing with a chronic illness at a young age, but my experiences about learning to ask for help and rely on others. You would be surprised how friendly people are if you ask for help in the stall! This film may focus on Crohn’s Disease, but this story is for everyone struggling with a chronic illness or disease of any type. My hope with this story is to show that it’s okay to not always be 100%. What’s important is surrounding yourself with those who are willing to help get you through it. Sometimes people are the best medicine. Love, Cal

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