The Purple Dress Project


Photograph by Lollipop Photography


{My story with Crohn’s Disease}
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in January of 2010, just a little over a year ago. I had been experiencing abdominal pain for years prior to my diagnoses but I ignored the signs for as long as I could. After a very rough battle with Crohn’s Disease for 6 months (including partial blockages, abscesses, draining procedures, colonoscopies, CT scans, barium tests, and more) I finally had surgery and had part of my colon removed. It took several months to regain energy and get my life back on track, but once I did I knew right away I had to make the most of this awful situation. Soon after, The Purple Dress Project was born.

{The Purple Dress Project}
I started the Purple Dress Project after hearing about Amy Seiffert’s Gray Dress Project raising awareness about human trafficking. I had finally found a way to combine my two passions, fashion and blogging, to support this dreadful and unglamorous disease that had become a part of my life a little over a year ago. I had a good friend and a graduate of Stephens College Fashion Design Program, Janna Merciel, design a custom purple dress for the project. I wore the dress every day for the month of April posting pictures of how I accessorize and change the look each day along with information about Crohn’s Disease. This is my way of raising awareness about Crohn’s Disease and money for much need research to hopefully find a cure soon!

{Community Support}
I was overwhelmed by the support of the community with this project. The Purple Dress Project was featured on KOMU, KMIZ, and KRCG. It was written about on blogs at the Columbia Tribune and HER Magazine in Jefferson City. Mizzou magazine wrote a feature about the project in their online magazine and posted about it Facebook. Countless community members donated money in support of research for Crohn’s Disease and others donated items for giveaways to help encourage spreading the word about this disease and encourage donations to CCFA.

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