Brookfield author enlightens readers about realities of Crohn’s disease in new book

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — This week marks the nationwide release of “Mariah’s Wish,” a revealing new book by author Karen Kiefer.

In “Mariah’s Wish,Kiefer explains how a disease, like a thief in the night, can sneak in, wake you with gut-wrenching pain and rob you of sleep. Crohn’s disease, recognized as a disability by the Social Security Administration, is ridiculed by an unknowing public as a “designer disease” and not a real illness. Outwardly, you look fine. People think you’re lying when you tell them you’re sick. Inside, your digestive tract is shutting down. Ulcers are forming, bleeding and causing terrible pain. You are unable to eat, and when you do, the pain gets worse. When you go to the bathroom, there is blood in your stool.

“Mariah’s Wish” reveals the truth behind this myth within its pages.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Kiefer, who was born and raised in Wisconsin, is happily married and is the mother to two daughters, two stepdaughters and one stepson. She is also the grandmother to two granddaughters, Mariah and Julia, and seven step-grandsons. Kiefer, who is also a published photographer, loves to read, to garden and to spend as much time as possible in her home away from home in Door County, Wisconsin.

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