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Gut of the Month - Feb 2009

(Archived Guts: Brittany Kelly, Michael Kelly, Ashley Senuita, Karissa Schmidt, Kaella Carr, Jesse Scobie & Neil Kirby, Prednisone Princesses, Sarah Howes , Michelle Aubie, Natasha Rossi)

Caroline Duda (Age 15): Halloween at school was different for me this year, and much more special and memorable. Instead of dressing up in the regular costume of a witch or a vampire, myself and five others marched around Halifax West High School as the Prednisone Princesses! With pig-tails bouncing in our hair and sashes across our bodies, we proudly explained to staff and students the great cause we were supporting. It meant so much to me to be able to make a difference to people in a school so large. I think this is only the beginning (and a great one!) of what can be done to find this cure! 

Danielle Keating (Age 15): When I first walked into the school to be crowned “Prednisone Princess” I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to muster up the nerve to walk around my school in a tutu... But in the end it was worth it. By the end of the day it felt good to know that by dressing up for Halloween I had made at least a little bit of change in someone’s life. 

Sarah Bourgeois (Age 15): After spending 15 minutes in the school bathroom, pulling hair into pigtails, pulling on tutus, and "get gutsy" sashes, the prednisone princesses were born! We gladly went to each and every class knowing that this was all for a great cause. And even though our crazy outfits took a lot of explaining, it was worth it to be able to spread awareness, until the day we find a cure!

Alex Beck (17): For me, as well as Jennie, parading around the biggest High School in Nova Scotia to create awareness about IBD seemed natural. Unlike Jennie, I have not been diagnosed with IBD, however I am in the process of being tested for Crohn's Disease, making this particularly personal. The other four amazing girls, one of whom is my little sister, excitedly dressed in tiaras, ribbons and sparkles, sporting a sash informing the world to Get Gutsy! I was so proud of my sister and her friends; their support calmed me in knowing that if I test positive for Crohn's that I will always have my princesses.

Emily Beck (Age 15): Halloween this year was very different for me than other years. I had not worn a costume to school on Halloween since elementary school and I was not planning on it this year until my sister Alex and her friend Jennie approached me in the hallway while I was eating lunch with my friends and asked if I would like to dress up as a prednisone princess on Halloween. At first my thought was oh my goodness, what will I have to wear? This could be embarrassing, and so on. But as I hesitated a moment before giving my response, I realized that it did not matter what I would look like, it is the message that we will be sending that really matters. I tried to negate the feeling of worry about what people would think of me dressed up as a princess because deep down I knew that it shouldn't matter. I did in fact still have a little part inside of me that worried what people would think. So instantly I turned to my best friends and asked them if they would dress up with me. They happily agreed to do it and it made me feel better.
The night of the 30th of October I excitedly talked on the phone with my best friends as to what we would be wearing the next day and where we would be meeting in the morning to get ready.

When I arrived the next morning I spotted my friends dressed in all black waiting by my locker when I walked down the hall. We were very excited as we got ready in the bathroom but when it was time to leave the bathroom we started to giggle and stall. Then we took a deep breath and marched out of the bathroom and to our first class. At the start of the day we did not want to be seen alone in our costume we even made sure that we traveled in two's to the bathroom. By the end of the day that thought did not even cross our minds. When I got home that night I took my sash, beads, ribbon and tutu and pinned them up on the outside of my bedroom door as to never forget Halloween 2008 and how proud it made me.

Jennie David  (Age 17): By the end of that day, I was so proud of all my fellow Princesses: they had willingly and proudly paraded around the largest metro high school in Nova Scotia in tutus, had not batted an eyelash at wearing a sash with GET GUTSY scrawled across it, but most of all, had supported a cause so paramount to me and so taboo to society and our age group. It is in remembering moments like these when I am reminded that we will not find a cure alone, but all together.

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