Took a little drive thru Snohomish, Washington today. The beautiful weather had people strolling the village streets and filling up the bars and restaurants. Upscale clothing stores, antique and home decor shops were bustling with activity. My favorite of course, is always the funky antique shop further down the road and the winding backroads dotted with old barns and small aircraft flying overhead.
I spent Wednesday in Olympia with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation as they met with legislatures throughout the day sharing their stories and issues that are important to families touched by IBD (including my own). Advocating for state-based legislation that ensures treatment decisions are kept between the patient and their medical professional not the insurance companies.
Next year the group hopes to present a bill addressing those concerns. With ACA possibly on it’s way out the state might well end up being the salvation for those suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in our state.
It was interesting to note that more than half of the members we visited (or their liaisons) had an indirect connection to someone suffering from the disease.
There is no question that CCFA will be a force in Washington – stay tuned!
Visit the CCFA on our Facebook page. #IBDadvocacyWA!
Back in May I spent the day up north in the tulip fields and came across a funky little place known as “The Conway Muse”. They host live productions, art shows, auctions, private parties and a coffee and tea bar. It’s located in the old auction barn on Main Street in Conway. We got to meet Elfa, the new owner and Diane, the resident muse! We even got to sit in on an audition – a magician! I hope he got the gig! You can visit their site for more information: www.theconwaymuse.com