In a fairly shocking announcement, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has come forward with the information that he has Crohn's disease. McCready announced that he had been battling the crippling stomach disorder for over fifteen years, but was just now divulging this data to the public. Luckily, he has been in remission for eight months, but after meeting with other people inflicted with Crohn's, he has decided to come forward to share his plight. "One kid was 14 and had had six surgeries and still wasn't cured. I wanted to put myself out there and say, 'I've had a career in spite of Crohn's disease.' I learned from these kids, and that gives me a lot of strength and hope,"
he recently stated at a Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America annual meeting in Seattle. The rest of his band mates attended the meeting and were present for his announcement, supporting McCready as he goes through the spotlight with his disclosure. Best of luck to him as he faces his daily battle with the disease.