If you've been reading my blog on a fairly regular basis, you know that I suffer from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis. And as you'll also know I am attempting to follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to feel better... and I'm happy to report that when I'm good about following it, I feel great, although it's so easy to fall off the wagon.
Today, I want to tell about a young woman named Ally Bain who became an advocate for Crohn's and Colitis sufferers at the age of 14 after being turned away from using a restroom while shopping with her mother, causing her to have a very public and embarrassing accident. Sadly, I have only too many stories like that of my own. The most poignant occurring on the last day of my honeymoon when I made my new husband pull over on the side of the California free-way for me to relieve myself.
Ally's Law, aka The Restroom Access Act, is a law that requires businesses to make employee-only restrooms available to people with IBD and other chronic medical conditions, as well as pregnancy. Since the passage of the Restroom Access Act in Illinois in 2005, the legislation has passed in 11 other states: Minnesota, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. With the help of voices like Ally's, yours, and mine, we'll find a way to get this very important legislation passed in all 50 states. If you're a sufferer of IBD, be sure to order your Medical Alert Restroom Access Pass.
I've contacted Idaho State Representative Janice McGeachin, chair of the the Health and Welfare Committee in the House and Idaho State Senator Patti Anne Lodge, Chair of the the Health and Welfare Committee in the Senate to see if we can't get something accomplished like Ally's Law here in Idaho. Ally is certainly an inspiration to us all.