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Abbie S.

Abbie S.

  • School: Luther College
  • Major: Biology and Spanish
  • Hometown: Hartland, WI
  • I am studying Biology and Spanish at Luther College in Decorah, IA. I have had Crohn's disease since 6th grade but it hasn't held me back :)

Abby S.

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Abby S.

  • School: University of Connecticut
  • Major: Special Education
  • Hometown: Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • I am currently a senior at UConn in the NEAG School of Education studying Special Education, and am just finishing up my second year as a member of the Council.

    I came across CCFA my freshman year of college, and it has totally changed my life since then. When I was in fifth grade, my dad became extremely sick and was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, which really affected my family. But then, in my senior year of high school, I received the same diagnosis and was completely devastated. Within the following 6 months, I had an ileocecectomy, my younger sister Sarah was diagnosed, and then my youngest sister Jane was diagnosed. Just like that, four of the five members of my family had received the same diagnosis of Crohn's Disease.

    When I went to college in the spring, I was still uncomfortable with my IBD and didn't really know how to deal with it, especially away from home. It wasn't until the middle of my freshman year that I found CCFA and signed up for Team Challenge in Virginia. I had never run before, and never really met anybody with Crohn's or Colitis outside of my family. I could never have anticipated the support, love and relationships that came from those long training runs and our adventure of running 13.1 miles together on race day. This was the turning point for me, because it was after this that I found the National Council of College Leaders and met some of the greatest people I know.

    Crohn's Disease suddenly started bringing me opportunities, and CCFA has been the door to those experiences. I am now a counselor at Camp Oasis, had the opportunity to speak at Day on the Hill in Washington DC, volunteer at any CCFA event that I can find, and cherish moments with the good friends I have made through my diagnosis. Meeting people who "get it" and have the same passion of working toward a cure as I do is the best part of being involved with CCFA!

Abie F.

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Abie F.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Phoenix
  • Hi, I'm Abie! I'm currently obtaining my Master's degree in Social Work at ASU, and am interning with The Foundation for Blind Children. I've had Crohn's Disease for over 13 years, and love staying connected with this community!

Abraham L.

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Abraham L.

  • School: Woodbury University
  • Major: Business Management
  • Hometown: Santa Monica
  • Hello I'm Abraham I work in the financial sector and volunteer at a foundation for underprivileged children. I enjoy going hiking, traveling, finding fun filled entertainment. I was diagnosed with severe acute UC in 2011, within one week my whole life changed in front of my eyes. Now taking Remicade which has work wonderfully, being healthy has never felt so good. If you want to chit chat just message me, I'm very friendly.

Adam B.

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Adam B.

  • School: Northern Illinois University
  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • I am a College student at NIU and was diagnosed with ulcerative Colitis 3 years ago. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and Minoring in Japanese. I had my 2nd major flare up 3 months ago and it has definitely made school difficult for me and am now on new medication, but I am not going to let my UC control my life! "Everything will work out somehow!" :)

Adrianna A.

Adrianna A.

  • School: Yale University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Manorville

Ahnna A.

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Ahnna A.

  • School: St. Cloud State University
  • Major: Mass Communications- PR
  • Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Just Got Diagnosed May 2012!

Alana A.

Alana A.

  • School: Bethany college
  • Major: Elementary education/special education
  • Hometown: Mcmurray
  • I have had Crohns/Colitis since January 2002.

Alejandro B.

Alejandro B.

  • School: Florida International University
  • Major: Information Technology
  • I am an Information Technology major at FIU doing my best to not let ulcerative colitis hinder my studies!

Alessa S.

Alessa S.

  • School: University of Puerto Rico
  • Major: Education
  • Hometown: San Juan

Alex C.

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Alex C.

  • School: Fordham University
  • Major: Communications
  • Hometown: Collegeville
  • I'm Alex Courides, and I'm from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I am currently going to Fordham University at their Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was just six-years-old and have been experiencing the ups and downs since then. Colitis can be really hard to deal with, especially as a hard-working, young student. I've found that it has been a difficult feat, but I am so grateful for the doctors, medicines, and support that have brought me to where I am. Other than that, I'm really into art, music, and books. Some of my favorite bands are Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, and the Kills.

Alex H.

Alex H.

  • School: Binghamton University
  • Major: Biochemistry

Alex K.

Alex K.

  • School: Quinsigamond Community College
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Hometown: Paxton
  • I have been diagnosed for 8 years now and I have met many awesome people with Crohn's and Colitis and I hope to meet many more.

Alex P.

Alex P.

  • School: University of Alabama
  • Major: Athletic Training
  • Hometown: Lincoln County, Tn

Alexander S.

Alexander S.

  • School: Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
  • Major: Education

Alia E.

Alia E.

  • School: Hunter College
  • Major: Urban Studies
  • Hometown: East Meadow

Alicia D.

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Alicia D.

  • School: Becker College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: West Springfield
  • Hello! I am currently a second year nursing major at Becker College in Worcester, MA. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in August 2011, and this summer (July 2013) I had step one of the J-Pouch surgery done. Step two is scheduled to be in May 2014. If anyone has any questions about the surgery or life with an ileostomy I would be happy to talk!

Allie H.

Allie H.

  • School: Lakeland Community College
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Perry

Alyssa H.

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Alyssa H.

  • School: Kent State University
  • Major: Broadcast Journalism
  • Hometown: Brunswick
  • Hi there! My name is Alyssa, and I'm a Broadcast major at Kent State. It's a ton of fun and I've loved every second of it. Thankfully, I was diagnosed with Crohn's and Colitis when I was 15, about to go into my sophomore year of high school. But who really likes high school anyway? When I was diagnosed, I weighed a whopping 74lbs. and was in pain all of the time. Basically, my story is that I got the stomach flu and it just never really seemed to go away. Whether or not something from that virus triggered my Crohn's to show it's face, I'm not totally sure. But long story short, I feel way better now. I'm about to be 21 in a few days, and I often forget that I have a chronic disease. I don't like vegetables anyway, so sometimes, the it even plays in my favor. I was lucky and skipped straight to Remicade within days after being diagnosed. I've been on it ever since, making visits to the Cleveland Clinic every 5 weeks, and it's honestly my miracle drug. I wouldn't be where I'm at today without that tiny little bag of medicine or the wonderful doctors at the clinic. Ever have questions? Need advice about Crohn's or just want to talk about what a (literal) pain in the butt it is? I feel ya. I'm here if you ever need someone to talk to!

Alyssa R.

Alyssa R.

  • School: Bucknell University
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Hometown: Phoenix

Alyssa Z.

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Alyssa Z.

  • School: Hope College
  • Major: Political Science
  • Hometown: Wheaton, IL
  • I've had Crohn's disease since 2003 and an ostomy since 2010. I write a blog for people with IBD and ostomies because I realized that a lot of us are struggling on our own. My goal is to provide starting points for online research and networking, as well as offer some emotional support. Reaching out to others in the IBD and ostomy communities has been so helpful for me, and I've learned a lot. I'm currently unable to attend school or work, but I want to return to Hope College as soon as my health improves enough.

Amanda H.

Amanda H.

  • School: The Ohio State University
  • Major: Human Development and Family Science

Amanda P.

Amanda P.

  • School: Erie Community College
  • Major: General Studies
  • Hometown: Hamburg

Amanda S.

Amanda S.

  • School: Temple University
  • Major: Mathematics with Teaching
  • Hometown: Lake Wallenpaupack, PA
  • My name is Amanda and I am a 21 year old college student at Temple University. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2003 and have recently been experiencing my second flare up after 10 years of remission. Looking for others to help me meet students/people that have been through or are experiencing similar things as I am.

Amara B.

Amara B.

  • School: Gateway Community College/ NAU
  • Major: Registered Nurse
  • Hometown: Phoenix

Amber S.

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Amber S.

  • School: Highland Community College
  • Major: Pre-med
  • Hometown: Tuscaloosa

Amelia B.

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Amelia B.

  • School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Amelia Brause is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh. Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at nine years old, Amelia immediately became a member of CCFA in her home state of New Jersey. She spent her summers attending Camp Oasis and is now a counselor there. Amelia currently serves as the co-chair of CCFA's National Council of Collegiate Leaders. In addition, she is a member of CCFA's Stakeholder Review committee. As a student at Pitt, Amelia served as a Board Member for Student Government Board and also spent two years as the Co-Chair for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Amelia will be spending the summer of 2014 as an intern for the pharmaceutical company, AbbVie. Following graduation Amelia plans on getting her masters in Public Health and pursuing a career as a Physician's Assistant.

Amelia C.

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Amelia C.

  • School: Hardin Simmons University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Granbury, Tx

Amnash A.

Amnash A.

  • School: University of Virginia

Amy G.

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Amy G.

  • School: Kennesaw State University
  • Major: Business and Minor in Spainsh
  • Hometown: Marietta, GA
  • Well i have Colitis, i was diagnosed right after I graduated high school. The disease spread soo fast that I had my colon removed 3 months after diagnosis. Went thru a lot of hellish and scary times ( but who hasnt?!). Had an ostomy for almost 2 years. multiple surgeries finally to get my Jpouch! Now im experiencing life with a Jpouch and problems that are arising with it. Other than all that, I am down to earth, love going to music festivals! I love working out, hanging with friends and family, going to concerts, eating good food, and being on the beach/lake or anything outdoors. Just living the college life right now, looking forward to being healed and graduating with Business degree next year or so! Definitely looking forward to making new UC and crohns friends and help each other in any way that we can :))

Andrew T.

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Andrew T.

  • School: University of St Thomas
  • Major: Engineering (Faculty)
  • It's not just students! There are university faculty and staff living with IBD too. I'm happy to be an advocate and resource to others on campus. As a CCFA chapter board member, former support group leader, and an IBD patient myself, I am well versed on local resources. I work in the School of Engineering; you can find me in OSS-LL20. If you'd like to learn more about my story, check out my book, "Colitiscope: Living with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis." It's a humorous adventure story, including a variety of stories involving IBD on campus. www.ColitisBook.com.

Andrew P.

Andrew P.

  • School: Kennesaw State University
  • Hometown: Canton

Angela B.

Angela B.

  • School: SUNY Oswego
  • Major: Psychology

Annette F.

Annette F.

  • School: Stanford University
  • Major: Structural Engineering
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Annie S.

Annie S.

  • School: University of Portland
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Portland
  • I'm 22 years old and a junior in college. I have Crohn's Disease. Trying to manage college and Crohn's has been a struggle. I recently had to take a medical leave because I've been so sick but I hope to be back in school soon!

Ariel O.

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Ariel O.

  • School: University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
  • Major: Human Development
  • Hometown: Greendale
  • Sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 15 and am currently taking Humira. Past participant in Team Challenge half marathon Napa to Sonoma.

Arix K.

Arix K.

  • School: Baylor University
  • Major: Graphic Design
  • Hometown: Houston
  • I am a freshman at Baylor University.

Arwa B.

Arwa B.

  • School: University at Buffalo SUNY
  • Major: Counseling Psychology
  • Hometown: Buffalo

Ashley C.

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Ashley C.

  • School: University of North Florida
  • Major: Communications
  • Hometown: Jacksonville
  • Hi! I am a 20 YO college student at UNF. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in October 2012. I have been looking for people close to me with Crohn's but have not had a lot of luck! I hope to meet some people that have similar condition.

Ashley F.

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Ashley F.

  • School: Penn State University Berks
  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Hometown: Audubon
  • I am twenty years old and freshly diagnosed with Crohn's disease this past summer, August 2012. I am currently a kinesiology exercise science major with a business minor at Penn State University Berks. I am currently working on my own blog to discuss my own personal journey with Crohn's and fitness. I find that daily exercise has turned my symptoms around completely. Crohn's has made such a big impact on my life, especially being a college student. One thing I believe is that it has been pointing me in the right direction and bettering my life in many ways. I want to show others like myself that they can make positive out of their situation as well!

Ashley H.

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Ashley H.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Health Sciences Pre-professional
  • Hometown: Gilbert
  • I was diagnosed at the beginning of my junior year of college and was forced to take a year off. I am still in a constant battle, but am back at school and pushing toward graduation!

Ashley M.

Ashley M.

  • School: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Major: Public Relations

Ashley M.

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Ashley M.

  • School: Lasell College
  • Major: Communications (Event Management Minor)
  • Hometown: North Hampton NH
  • Hi I'm Ashley and I am a current Communications Major, Event Management Minor at Lasell College. I am a very active, creative and organized person. I love photography and being on the beach.

Ashlie J.

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Ashlie J.

  • School: University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Elkhorn
  • I'm Ashlie and was recently diagnosed with Colitis. I've only been living with the disease for a short amount of time (9 months), and have faced many ups and downs thus far. After many failed treatment options, I'm currently on Remicade. It would be nice meeting other people with IBD and hearing their stories.

Audrey K.

Audrey K.

  • School: Washington State University

Becca D.

Becca D.

  • School: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Milwaukee

Becky B.

Becky B.

  • School: Kansas State University
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Ben B.

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Ben B.

  • School: Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Hometown: Shelby township
  • I am 21 years old and was diagnosed with UC in November of 2010. I am currently on Remicade, 6mp, prednisone, and an enema. I am always welcome to meet new people who have dealt with this disease :)

Ben S.

Ben S.

  • School: Edgewood College
  • Major: Cytotechnology
  • Hometown: Plymouth, WI

Benjamin V.

Benjamin V.

  • School: Kettering University
  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • My name is Ben and I am a senior at Kettering University. I was diagnosed with a "mild" case of Ulcerative Colitis in December of 2009 which was during my senior year of High School. It has definitely been a life-changing diagnosis. I really look forward to meet others around my age that deal with IBD as well. Feel free to contact me through email.

Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

  • School: University of Florida
  • Hometown: gainesville

Brandon G.

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Brandon G.

  • School: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Major: Systems Engineering
  • Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey
  • My name is Brandon Gillman and I am currently a junior at Washington University in St. Louis. I grew up and went to high school in Livingston, New Jersey and now I live in Boca Raton, FL. I am studying systems engineering, with a minor in operations and supply chain management and am a brother in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

    I actually took a year off between high school and college in my battle with Crohn’s Disease, a year in which I had multiple surgeries, spent countless days in the hospital, and saw my weight drop by more than 40 pounds. Now, I am back at school and feeling as healthy as ever, although I do take my fair share of pills.

    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s twelve years ago at the age of ten. It has become a really important part of my life and I truly believe it has helped shape the person that I am today. I embrace having Crohn's Disease. I love when people ask me about it and I am completely open about telling them my story. I just want to get the word out about these terrible diseases! I went to Camp Oasis as a camper and am now a counselor, I have run a half marathon as a part of the Team Challenge program, and I speak at CCFA events for my local chapter. I am doing everything I can to help find a cure and am looking forward to where the NCCL will take me!

Brandon S.

Brandon S.

  • School: ISU
  • Major: BUA/BIS
  • Hometown: East Peoria
  • I was diagnosed the summer after high school. After having 3 feet of my intestines remove I'm trying to get my life back on track and graduate before Crohn's makes that difficult again.

Brandon V.

Brandon V.

  • School: Loyola Marymount University
  • Major: Economics
  • Hometown: Torrance

Brandy B.

Brandy B.

  • School: Germanna Community College

Brian D.

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Brian D.

  • School: Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville)
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Pikesville, MD
  • I am a 22 year old student. I am interested in studying Psychology to understand the relationship between mental health and physical health, as well as finding alternative treatment methods to medication such as acupuncture, meditation, and diet.

Brianna M.

Brianna M.

  • School: University of Southern California
  • Major: Education
  • Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
  • I was diagnosed in 2001. When I went to college, at first I thought it was my opportunity to have a clean slate: nobody had to know I had Crohn's disease. However, in my first week of college I met…we'll call her Jane. And Jane had Crohn's Disease. And Jane had never met anybody her age with Crohn's Disease. So, I decided from that point on that it is important to share my story, to spread the word (proudly) that "I have Crohn's disease!", and to help strengthen the strongest support network I've had: the CCFA. Also, I'm a Leo, actually adore long walks along the beach, also have that fibro thing, and love knitting/crafting/netflix (because, who doesn't?).

Brianna U.

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Brianna U.

  • School: SUNY Delhi
  • Major: Veterinary Science Technology
  • Hometown: Frankfort, NY
  • I'm currently in my second year of the Veterinary Science program at Delhi in hopes of becoming a licensed veterinary technician when I graduate in May. I'm adventurous and out for a good time, never letting UC/Crohn's get in the way of anything I've wanted to do.

Brittany A.

Brittany A.

  • School: Western Oregon University
  • Hometown: Monmouth

Brittany A.

Brittany A.

  • School: Baton Rouge Community College
  • I am a 24 year old student at Baton Rouge Community College. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in August 2011.

Brittany C.

Brittany C.

  • School: College of the Holy Cross
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Pittsford, NY

Brittany D.

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Brittany D.

  • School: University of Florida
  • Major: Biological Engineering
  • Hometown: Woodbury, MN

Brittany G.

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Brittany G.

  • School: Jacksonville University
  • Major: Social Sciences

Brittany S.

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Brittany S.

  • School: University of Maryland
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Philadelphia
  • I am 26 going to school for a PhD in Social Work. I was "diagnosed" with Crohn's in 2008. I am interested in alternatives to medication and homeopathic/dietary methods.

Brittney N.

Brittney N.

  • School: Amarillo College
  • Major: Business
  • Hometown: Dumas, TX
  • I am 19 years old from a very small town in Texas. I work and go to school full time and I love to stay active! I am very new to this and was diagnosed in April 2014 with Crohn's Disease. I am trying to find a wat to talk to other people about it and see what helps. My case is not bad right now but I hear it can get very painful and I would really like to know what to do when it does happen. I love meeting and talking to new people so I think this would be good to learn about what I am living with the rest of my life.

Caitlin B.

Caitlin B.

  • School: Hillsborough Community College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Livingston, NJ.

Caitlin L.

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Caitlin L.

  • School: Evergreen State College
  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Hometown: Exeter
  • I'm probably a bit more conservative and reserved than most. I like being creative. I absolutely love Harry Potter and Disney. Also, I love animals as well as the environment. I may or may not have this silly little notion to save the planet, and I definitely try to look on the brighter side of life!

Cara S.

Cara S.

  • School: Stephen F. Austin
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Spring, Texas

Carl M.

Carl M.

  • School: texas state technical college
  • Major: aviation maintenance
  • Hometown: brenham

Carly P.

Carly P.

  • School: William Jewell College
  • Major: Chemistry
  • I have had Crohn's since I was 15. I have had 2 bowel resections and recently had my colon removed. I have a temporary iliostomy, and am getting more comfortable with it every day, I would like to talk to someone else who has Crohn's or IBD and pontificate about Prednisone and biologics. I would love to answer the questions about surgery, ostomy care, stress reduction, prednisone, etc., that I never got answered for myself.

Carly S.

Carly S.

  • School: University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: Biology and Classical Studies

Carly Y.

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Carly Y.

  • School: The Ohio State University
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010. I had a complete colectomy and J-pouch pull-though in 2012. I also have Type I Diabetes. I would love to meet some people living with UC/Crohns!

Caroline B.

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Caroline B.

  • School: University of Central Florida
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • I am a junior at UCF, and I have Crohn's Disease. I was diagnosed in 2011. I had a bowel resection. I have been on Humira ever since.

Christina S.

Christina S.

  • School: Sweet Briar College

Cassandra S.

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Cassandra S.

  • School: Indian River State College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Roxbury, NJ
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when i was 16 years old. I went through tons of different treatments and nothing was working for me. My family and I decided that surgery would be the absolute last option, but it came to be that I needed the surgeries. I had my first surgery and recieved an ileostomy. When my surgeons and doctors removed my colon and studied it, they said that I had one of the worst cases of Ulcerative Colitis they had ever seen. I thought having an ileostomy was the end of the world. Every time I had to change it I would just sit there and cry I thought it would never end, but I wasnt in pain anymore. I recieved my second surgery, where they gave my my j-pouch. My third surgery is when they reversed my ileostomy. I couldn't be happier that day! Now I lead a normal life but take immodium to control everything. Every once in a while there is a little bump in the road and get pouchitis. I am very thankful that this happened to me, it made me who I am today. If you need someone to talk to or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Cassie L.

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Cassie L.

  • School: Salisbury University
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Salisbury
  • I want to help find a cure for IBD!

Catherine H.

Catherine H.

  • School: University of Delaware
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Catherine H.

Catherine H.

  • School: Humboldt State University
  • Major: Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Hometown: Santee, Ca

Chandrika R.

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Chandrika R.

  • School: University of Connecticut
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Hometown: Glastonbury

Charis K.

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Charis K.

  • School: North Carolina State University
  • Major: History
  • Hometown: Chapel Hill
  • The mission of Girls With Guts is to empower girls and women with ibd and ostomies to share their stories of confidence and to promote self-esteem.

Charlotte F.

Charlotte F.

  • School: Boston University

Charlotte F.

Charlotte F.

  • School: Missouri Western State University
  • Major: Education
  • Hometown: St Joseph
  • I am an assistant professor in the Education department at MWSU. I was diagnosed with Crohn's 18 years ago.

Chase D.

Chase D.

  • School: Chapman University
  • Major: Business Management

Chelsea C.

Chelsea C.

  • School: Central Michigan University
  • Major: Community Development
  • Hometown: Alpena, MI
  • I am a senior at Central Michigan University. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 12.

Chelsea K.

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Chelsea K.

  • School: Emory University
  • Major: Chemistry and Psychology
  • I am a junior at Emory University double majoring in Chemistry and Psychology and getting ready to apply for medical school. At Emory, I am the current Chief of Operations for Emory EMS, a Chemistry TA, a part of the sailing team, and a member of the NCCL.

    Once I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in seventh grade I quickly became involved with my local CCFA chapter in Philadelphia. Since then, CCFA has introduced me to so many amazing people and provided me with countless opportunities to help work towards a cure. I have been involved with the Philadelphia Take Steps walk for the past five years and attended various other events both at home in Philadelphia as well as at school with the Georgia chapter. During my freshman year, I applied for the NCCL and was lucky enough to be selected to be a member of the council. My time so far on the council has been an incredible and rewarding experience, and has allowed me meet other students who are going through similar situations as well as be a part of various projects to spread awareness and provide support for other students suffering from this disease.

    
Thankfully, I have been in remission for a few years now, so my disease does not impact my everyday life. However, I still remember what the daily struggles were like. Living with IBD is difficult, and I have learned that honesty and openness, and trusting friends and family, will help me live with this disease. I will continue to volunteer with CCFA to help spread awareness, raise money, and ultimately work toward finding a cure.

Chelsea N.

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Chelsea N.

  • School: DesMoines Area Community College
  • Major: Nurse
  • Hometown: Lynnville
  • I'm Chelsea I am 17 and I have Crohn's. :)

Chelsea W.

Chelsea W.

Chelsea W.

  • School: SUNY Oswego
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Oswego, NY
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009, when I was 20 years old. Since then, there have been lots of ups and downs. I've had to take about a year off total of school due to issues of Crohn's. It's been a struggle and still is, I'm looking for support and people who understand how hard it is to complete school while dealing with Crohn's and its symptoms and complications. I'm looking forward to also providing support and compassion for others in similar positions.

Chris B.

Chris B.

  • School: Kent State University
  • Major: Economics
  • Hometown: Hudson, OH
  • Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in the summer of 2012. Tried asacol and apriso. 60mg of pred. Prednisone only slightly helped with symptoms. Currently on my 3rd round of remicade with minimal results but am off of prednisone now.

Christal B.

Christal B.

  • School: Tennessee Technological University
  • Major: Sociology
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1997 at the age of 14. Around five years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I have, like many others with IBD had many stuggles along the way but pray there will be a day when there will be a cure. Until then I continue to do the best I can to live life to the fullest every day! :)

Christi L.

Christi L.

  • School: Tarrant County College
  • Major: Office Admin
  • Hometown: Everman
  • Newly diagnosed, trying to figure this out.

Christian W.

Christian W.

  • School: SUNY Oswego
  • Major: Zoology
  • Hometown: Fayetteville

Christina P.

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Christina P.

  • School: Salisbury University
  • Major: Business Management
  • Hometown: Salisbury
  • I want to spread awareness and help find a cure for IBD!

Christina S.

Christina S.

  • School: Stautzenberger College
  • Major: Vet tech
  • Hometown: Medina, Ohio

Christine J.

Christine J.

  • School: Utah Valley University
  • Major: English
  • Hometown: Orem
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in May of 2013. Because I'm still new at this disease, I'm learning how to balance my studies while dealing with symptoms. It's been tough but thanks to the Accessibility Services Department and understanding professors, I have been able to begin going full time. I'm currently an English major with a focus on creative writing. However, I am considering getting a minor or a double major in Digital Media. I love reading, writing, art, music, and computers. I'm also a gamer and an anime fan.

Christine M.

Christine M.

  • School: Philadelphia University
  • Major: Fashion Design
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh
  • I am currently a senior Fashion Design major at Philadelphia University. I was diagnosed with Crohn's at the age of nine and throughout everything, surgeries, flares, etc, never wanted to let my diagnosis stop me! I have just within the past year lived in Rome, Italy and New York City for extended periods of time, after some jumping through some serious hoops to figure out how to get my medications there... I would never have gotten through any of it or become the independent person I am today without the life long friends and support I have found through CCFA and Camps Oasis.

Christine W.

Christine W.

  • School: Rutgers University
  • Major: Human Resource Management (Graduate School)
  • Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

Christy P.

Christy P.

  • School: Hampshire College
  • Major: Undecided/Business
  • Hometown: Belmont
  • I was diagnosed with IBD very recently. I don't know that much about it but thought it would be nice to meet others with it. I'm friendly and like meeting new people.

Cindy P.

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Cindy P.

  • School: Georgia Southern University
  • Major: Information Systems
  • Hometown: Nashua, NH
  • Hi, I'm Cindy - I'm an Information Systems major at GSU and I'm graduating this semester and hopefully getting a big person job shortly! I love to go hiking, go camping and cook. I was diagnosed with Crohn's fairly recently and I hope to be an advocate for people who aren't so open with this awkward disease.

Claire G.

Claire G.

  • School: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Claudia P.

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Claudia P.

  • School: Salt Lake Community College
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Murray
  • I'm 23, gonna be starting school at SLCC as an undergrad going into Social Work, got diagnosed 5/29/09, married 11/11/11 .

Connie S.

Connie S.

  • School: SUNY Rockland Community College
  • Major: Nursing

Connor H.

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Connor H.

  • School: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Major: MCDB & Neuroscience
  • Hometown: Centennial, CO

Cordelia F.

Cordelia F.

  • School: Santa Clara University
  • Major: Public Health
  • Hometown: Seattle

Courtney M.

Courtney M.

  • School: University of Southern Maine
  • Major: Health Science
  • Hometown: Gorham

Courtney M.

Courtney M.

  • School: University of Southern Maine
  • Major: Health and Wellness

Courtney T.

Courtney T.

  • School: Saginaw Valley State University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Midland
  • I am a first year Nursing student at Saginaw Valley State University. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 14. I had a partial colectomy in 2010 and am currently in remission - hoping to keep it that way.

Craig H.

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Craig H.

  • School: Kennesaw State University
  • Major: Middle Grades Education
  • Hometown: Loganville
  • My name is Craig and I am currently a Junior at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. I have been diagnosed with Crohns Disease since summer of 2010 and pretty much have to watch what I eat and exercise to keep me in remission. I would like to meet people that have IBD so I can share and hear the similarities that we have to encounter. Things I like to do are hang out with my friends and family, be active, and keep up with the Braves. Feel free to contact me by email or facebook if you want to chat or talk.

Crystal H.

Crystal H.

  • School: Northwestern state university
  • Major: General studies
  • Hometown: Elmer
  • I am 24 years old and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis disease when I was 15.

Cynthia M.

Cynthia M.

  • School: Miami University
  • Major: Professional Writing and Interactive Media Studies
  • Hometown: Strongsville, OH

Dan N.

Dan N.

  • School: Slippery Rock University
  • Major: Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Hometown: Carlton

Dan S.

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Dan S.

  • School: NIU
  • Major: Undecided

Daniel J.

Daniel J.

  • School: Texas Tech University
  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Houston, TX

Daniel L.

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Daniel L.

  • School: Chaffey College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Upland, CA
  • I am a 20 year old college student majoring in Nursing. I like anything to do with cars, school and family.I also enjoy any kind of exercise when I have the time. I am an Ulcerative Colitis activist/patient, diagnosed in 2011.

Daniel M.

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Daniel M.

  • School: Univeristy of Tennessee
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • I am a student at the University of Tennessee. My major is Microbiology and my minor is History. My experience with Crohn’s Disease has deeply impacted my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009 and eventually hospitalized for around 3 weeks where I underwent surgery, (removal of 1.5 ft of small intestine). 2009/2010 was marked by continued hospital visits and severe Crohn’s symptoms/pain. I began taking anti-TNF medicine in 2010 and my Crohn’s symptoms have been significantly alleviated since then. Crohn's Disease erased my high school football career yet it has taught me life lessons I would not trade for anything. Crohn’s changed my view on weakness and strength. I have found that instead of running from my weakness, instead of trying to deny it, I can turn it into something fruitful. My experience with Crohn's enabled me to help two of my friends who were diagnosed with Crohn’s. I realized that it was our shared "weakness" that allowed me to bring genuine compassion to them. Crohn’s continues to teach me that our weaknesses can be turned into gifts of healing for others. That there is a compassion and an understanding that is dependent on our own experience of brokenness. That the primary way we bring emotional healing to others is from our own wounds. Thus Crohn’s has taught me that our hindrances can be turned into our strengths. This spring (2013), I did an Independent Study in Microbiology on Crohn’s Disease. My study was writing a review article on the relationship/linkage between Crohn’s Disease linked genes and a newly discovered microbial process called Autophagy. I am hoping to publish my research in a minor immunological journal. I plan on applying to medical school and pursuing a career in Gastroenterology. I hope to be able to help those suffering from IBD. In my free time I love hiking, biking, baking and piano.

Daniel M.

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Daniel M.

  • School: University of Tennessee
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • I am a student at the University of Tennessee. My major is Microbiology and my minor is History. My experience with Crohn’s Disease has deeply impacted my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009 and eventually hospitalized for around 3 weeks where I underwent surgery, (removal of 1.5 ft of small intestine). 2009/2010 was marked by continued hospital visits and severe Crohn’s symptoms/pain. I began taking anti-TNF medicine in 2010 and my Crohn’s symptoms have been significantly alleviated since then. Crohn's Disease erased my high school football career yet it has taught me life lessons I would not trade for anything. Crohn’s changed my view on weakness and strength. I have found that instead of running from my weakness, instead of trying to deny it, I can turn it into something fruitful. My experience with Crohn's enabled me to help two of my friends who were diagnosed with Crohn’s. I realized that it was our shared "weakness" that allowed me to bring genuine compassion to them. Crohn’s continues to teach me that our hindrances can be turned into gifts of healing for others. That there is a compassion and an understanding that is dependent on our own experience of brokenness. That the primary way we bring emotional healing to others is from our own wounds. Thus Crohn’s has taught me that our weakness can be turned into our strengths. This spring (2013), I did an Independent Study in Microbiology on Crohn’s Disease My study was writing a review article on the relationship/linkage between Crohn’s Disease linked genes and a newly discovered microbial process called Autophagy. I am hoping to publish my research in a minor immunological journal. I plan on applying to medical school and pursuing a career in Gastroenterology. I hope to be able to help those suffering from IBD. In my free time I love hiking, biking, baking and piano.

Danielle B.

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Danielle B.

  • School: Linfield College
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: Astoria, OR

Danielle E.

Danielle E.

  • School: Ursinus College

Danielle F.

Danielle F.

  • School: University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
  • Major: Health Care Administration
  • I am Danielle Ferestad and I am a co-founder for the support group for IBS, Crohns, and Colitis on campus at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. We are always looking for new people to join our support group. You can e-mail me if you have any questions!

Danielle F.

Danielle F.

  • School: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: Mukwonago
  • I am a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I am trying to start a support group on campus with people that have UC and Crohn's.

Danielle G.

Danielle G.

  • School: Grand Valley State University
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Madison, CT
  • I am a 26 year old female diagnosed with Crohns Disease in June 2006!

Danielle L.

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Danielle L.

  • School: Harvard University
  • Major: Human Regenerative and Developmental Biology
  • Hometown: Orlando, FL
  • Hi! My name is Danielle Leavitt. I am a freshman at Harvard University. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was ten years old. At first, I was really scared because I had never heard of the disease, and I found out that currently there was no cure. However, my GI doctor helped get me involved in CCFA. I have participated in the Take Steps walk in Orlando, Florida every year and have helped manage the website and raise funds for Team Challenge. After my first semester in college, I had my first bowel resection. Dealing with IBD can be a struggle in college, but it can also be very rewarding to learn how to take control over your disease. Although I have never fully been in remission, I have continued to participate in sports at a high level, excel in school, and find time to have fun doing things I enjoy. Through CCFA, I have met so many incredible people and made lifelong friends. Crohn's does not define me, but is a part of me. I am so happy to be on the NCCL, and I would love to have others talk to me about IBD. Please feel free to reach out!

Danielle N.

Danielle N.

  • School: Elizabethtown College
  • Major: Psychology and Art
  • Hometown: Voorhees, NJ

Danita P.

Danita P.

  • School: Florida International University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Cambridge, England

Daphnie G.

Daphnie G.

  • School: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Major: History

Dara B.

Dara B.

  • School: Adelphi University
  • Major: sport management
  • Hometown: East Meadow

Darcy D.

Darcy D.

  • School: Mercer University

Darrell W.

Darrell W.

  • School: Pierce College
  • Major: Accounting

Darren C.

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Darren C.

  • School: Hawaii Pacific University
  • Major: Marine Biology
  • Hometown: N. Las Vegas
  • I love food, video games, and my girlfriend! and my Fam Bam!

David B.

David B.

  • School: Savannah Technical College
  • Major: Technical Communications

David S.

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David S.

  • School: Kennesaw State University
  • Major: Mass Communication
  • Hometown: Cumming, GA
  • My name is David, and I have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease since I was 12 years old (April 2003). I am a Mass Comm major (senior) at Kennesaw State University. I have been involved with several CCFA activities, most importantly (to me) being Camp Oasis. I am still able to live a normal life (playing sports, hanging out with friends, working, etc), and I am always open to meet and talk to others who have the unfortunate pleasure of having IBD, so feel free to contact me.

Destiny B.

Destiny B.

  • School: Grace College and Seminary
  • Major: Journalism
  • Hometown: Manistee

Dominique A.

Dominique A.

  • School: Marist College
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Brooklyn

Eileen C.

Eileen C.

  • School: The Hartt School of Music: University of Hartford
  • Major: Musical Theater
  • Hometown: Marlborough
  • Hi I'm Eileen! I have Crohn's disease and am 19. I'm a sophomore musical theater major at the Hartt school. My hobbies are, swimming, reading, climbing, and obviously singing, acting, and dancing! I'm a die hard Red Sox fan, and have been going to CCFA Camp Oasis since I was 9, and am now a counselor. :)

Elijah M.

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Elijah M.

  • School: Lander University
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Inman SC
  • Attending Lander University in fall 2014. Graduated Chapman high in 2013. I played varsity football and varsity soccer. In top 4 in soccer as goalkeeper. Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2012 , senior year. On daily medications but still very optimistic.

Elissa W.

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Elissa W.

  • School: Muhlenberg College
  • Major: Theatre and Dance
  • Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California
  • Theatre and Dance double major at Muhlenberg College. I was just recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and am figuring out how to deal with it! :)

Elizabeth H.

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Elizabeth H.

  • School: St. Olaf College
  • Major: Chemisty
  • Hometown: Dorchester
  • Hey everyone! I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in July of 2003. I've had one surgery and am currently doing a clinical study. I love talking about IBD and poop! Crohnies are the best friends anyone will ever have. Otherwise, I go to school, work, volunteer; I'm pre-med so I'm usually pretty busy.

Elizabeth H.

Elizabeth H.

  • School: University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
  • Major: Physical Therapy Asst
  • Hometown: Oil City

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Elizabeth M.

  • School: Finger Lakes Community College
  • Major: Business Administration and Marketing
  • Hometown: Shortsville
  • Hi! I'm Elizabeth and I'm 19. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 15, but have had symptoms since I was 5. At FLCC, I'm going for a double major: Business Administration and Marketing, and am in my 2nd year right now. If you have any questions or just want to chat, message me on facebook to let me know!

Emily B.

Emily B.

  • School: University of Northern Iowa
  • Major: Spanish Teaching
  • Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Emily D.

Emily D.

  • School: University of Central Florida
  • Major: Health Sciences, Pre-Clinical
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's May 2010, during my freshman year of college. Several hospital stays, a medical withdrawal, and an ileocolic resection with the removal of 3 fistulas later I am doing well on meds and enjoying remission! I'm a senior Health Sciences major at UCF and want to continue with school after I graduate to become a PA, perhaps in gastroenterology.

Emily F.

Emily F.

  • School: James Madison University

Emily H.

Emily H.

  • School: Texas Lutheran University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Boerne, TX

Emily M.

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Emily M.

  • School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Shelby, North Carolina
  • I was diagnosed with colitis in 8th grade. I had a colectomy the summer before my junior year in high school. I'm currently involved with the CCFA chapter in Charlotte, NC but would love to be more involved on my own campus.

Emily R.

Emily R.

  • School: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Major: Art
  • Hometown: Richmond
  • VCUarts student from Maryland.

Emma V.

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Emma V.

  • School: University of Virginia
  • Major: Media Studies and American Studies

Eric C.

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Eric C.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • I'm a collaborative pianist living with Crohn's disease and finishing a Masters degree!

Eric N.

Eric N.

  • School: Purdue University
  • Major: Psychology

Erika B.

Erika B.

  • School: University of Florida
  • Major: zoology
  • Hometown: Cape Coral, FL

Erin C.

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Erin C.

  • School: Vanderbilt University
  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Hi I'm Erin! I'm twenty years old and am a junior at Vanderbilt University. I am definitely what one would call a dreamer and it is my personal goal to one day be a successful singer. I'm also an actress, I particularly like to participate in musical theater. Additionally, I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic, I'm all for the sappy chick flicks and I'm waiting on my own prince charming (preferably one who is nerdy and who can keep up with me on a duet). I am also pretty much a professional fangirl the list of fandoms is just about endless covering everything from Doctor Who and Stargate Atlantis to One Direction. And, of course, I couldn't neglect to tell you that I am a Nerdfighter; DFTBA, y'all! I have Ulcerative Colitis and was diagnosed as a high school senior after several months of being seriously ill, before that I was misdiagnosed several times and even told that there was 'nothing wrong' because my blood doesn't show the usual markers for inflammation.

Erin O.

Erin O.

  • School: University of Connecticut

Erin T.

Erin T.

  • School: University of Rhode Island
  • Major: Pharmacutical science
  • Hometown: Coventry
  • Hi, I'm Erin I go to school at uri for pharmacy. I like riding horses, going to concerts and various other stuff lol. feel free to email/fbook me!

Erin T.

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Erin T.

  • School: Muhlenberg College
  • Major: Musical Theatre and Media Communications
  • Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
  • I am a freshman at Muhlenberg College, double majoring in Musical Theatre and Media Communications, and minoring in Computer Science. On campus, I am a member of Muhlenberg’s Theatre and Dance Associations, Chamber Singers, Show Choir, and serve as the Public Relations Officer for the Catholic Campus Ministry. In addition, I am a mentor for my high school’s FIRST Robotics Team. I grew up in Blue Bell, PA, and am a proud member of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the CCFA.

    With the help of the CCFA, I have thrived through the most difficult period of my life. At age ten, I began to experience symptoms of extreme nausea, fatigue, and lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks. The answer, Crohn’s Disease, came about 6 months later following a battery of tests and hospital visits. One of my first adventures following the diagnosis was CCFA’s Camp Oasis. From my first day at camp, I realized it was a place to spend time without worry, and an opportunity to make meaningful, lasting friendships with people I would have never met otherwise. Summer 2012 was my 7th summer at Camp Oasis. I was a Leader-in-Training along with many of my friends and am now hoping to continue this amazing experience as a counselor. My goal is to be able to give back to others what Camp Oasis and the CCFA have given me. I also captain Team Tiffany for the Take Steps Walk in order to encourage others to fight for a cure.

    During my time with the CCFA, I have become an advocate for adults and children living with Crohn’s and UC, serving as the 2007 Youth Ambassador, the 2013 Honored Hero, and now as a member of the National Council of College Leaders. Having an outlet to help deal with a potentially debilitating disease while serving others is a tremendous honor. The CCFA has been there for me since my diagnosis, helping me along the path of turning a challenge into an opportunity.

    I love sharing my story and speaking with others so please reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk!

Erin T.

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Erin T.

  • School: Muhlenberg College
  • Major: Theatre and Media Communications
  • Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
  • I am a sophomore at Muhlenberg College, double majoring in Theatre and Media Communications. On campus, I am a member of Muhlenberg's Theatre and Dance Associations, Jazz Singers, Show Choir, am the Resident Technician of the Office of Information Technology, and serve as the Public Rrelations Officer for Catholic Campus Ministry. In addition, I am a member for my high school's FIRST Robotics Team. I grew up in Blue Bell, PA, and am a proud member of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the CCFA.

    With the help of the CCFA, I have thrived through the most difficult period of my life.  At age ten, I began to experience symptoms of extreme nausea, fatigue, and lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks.  The answer, Crohn’s Disease, came about 6 months later following a battery of tests and hospital visits.  

    One of my first adventures following the diagnosis was CCFA’s Camp Oasis.  From my first day at camp, I realized it was a place to spend time without worry, and an opportunity to make meaningful, lasting friendships with people I would have never met otherwise.  Summer 2012 was my 7th summer at Camp Oasis.  I was a Leader-in-Training along with many of my friends and am now hoping to continue this amazing experience as a counselor.  My goal is to be able to give back to others what Camp Oasis and the CCFA have given me. I also captain Team Tiffany for the Take Steps Walk in order to encourage others to fight for a cure.

    During my time with the CCFA, I have become an advocate for adults and children living with Crohn’s and UC, serving as the 2007 Youth Ambassador, the 2013 Honored Hero, and now as a member of the College Council.  Having an outlet to help deal with a potentially debilitating disease while serving others is a tremendous honor. The CCFA has been there for me since my diagnosis, helping me along the path of turning a challenge into an opportunity.


Faith B.

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Faith B.

  • School: Santa Monica College
  • Major: Undecided
  • Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut
  • I was born in Florida and raised in Connecticut by my mother. I always had really great health but in January of 2010 I started to have terrible constant stomach pain. I went to my doctor, the ER, and the health center across the street from me constantly with nothing to show. Eventually, an ER doctor suggested I see a gastroenterologist. In late march I had a colonoscopy, endoscopy and biopsy. By April I had the results and was diagnosed with just Celiac Disease, which was a relief to my mother because she thought I had Crohn's Disease. Then, on June 3, 2010 I woke up with excruciating pain in my stomach. My mother took me to the ER and after a CT scan and blood work I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I have had multiple hospital stays since then and many different medication regiments. I don't let my Crohn's and my history with it hold me back though. High school was difficult due to this illness but I was able to graduate on time. I had no college plans and no idea what I was going to do with my life. But on a vacation to see my family who lives in Los Angeles an amazing thing happened; they offered to let me live with them and go to Santa Monica College. I am currently enrolled there with hopes to go to UCLA. I volunteer with CCFA's greater Los Angeles chapter and with the UCLA Medical Center. Crohn's sent me into a spiral of depression after my diagnoses. I was able to dig myself out of that hole and become successful in life and health. With that experience I hope to become a clinical psychologist or a school social worker.

Faith P.

Faith P.

  • School: Emory University
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida

Fallon F.

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Fallon F.

  • School: Nassau Community College
  • Major: Health Studies
  • Hometown: Oceanside
  • I'm Fallon, 18 years old and I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease going into 8th grade. I recently had a surgery in February that put me into remission. I took advantage of that and joined Team Challenge and was an honored hero, went to Vegas and walked 13.1 miles. I also attended CCFA's Camp Oasis where I have met so many people who are still my friends today.

Gabby P.

Gabby P.

  • School: University of Connecticut
  • Major: sociology
  • My name is Gabby I'm 19 and I've only had Crohn's for a little while, maybe 2 months but it has been a dreadful 2 months. I do try to stay positive though! always have a smile on my face

Gabriella G.

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Gabriella G.

  • School: Florida International University
  • Major: Public Amdministration
  • Hometown: Homestead
  • Hi, I'm Gabby. I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in 2013. I love to talk and write and collect elephants.

Gaby G.

Gaby G.

  • School: Florida International University
  • Major: English Literature
  • Hometown: Miami

Gary O.

Gary O.

  • School: University of Connecticut
  • Major: Nutritional Sciences
  • Hometown: Fairfield

Ginjer S.

Ginjer S.

  • School: Michigan State University
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • My name is Ginjer. I am 22 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 18. After my initial treatment I was symptom free for about a year and a half. For the past couple of years I have been battling with symptoms on and off. Last month, my disease decided that it was going to be stubborn and I experienced a really bad flare up. I left it alone for about a week and lost about 7 lbs. in 10 days. I could hardly eat anything and completely lost my appetite. I started getting really bad abdominal cramping and was running to the restroom about 10 times a day. After seeing my doctor I had to get blood work done which indicated that the disease had spread. I was put on Prednisone and Asacol (previously treated with Rowasa). I am on my last week of the steroids and I am hoping this will put me back into remission for a long period of time. I am ready to take this disease head on and I want to help other people who are experiencing the same issues. Aside from having an IBD, I am very adventurous, I enjoy being active and just enjoying life itself.

Greta S.

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Greta S.

  • School: Carroll University
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: Cottage Grove, WI
  • I have been living with Colitis since 2008 and have been hospitalized twice. I am now taking Azothioprine, Asocol, and Folic Acid and have been symptom free for a year and a half! I've had to go on TPN for 2 weeks while in the hospital and have been through all the ups and downs of Colitis! Aside from dealing with Colitis, I am a sophomore studying exercise science, pre-Physical Therapy at Carroll University and play tennis on the women's team. I always love meeting people with IBD!

Hailey P.

Hailey P.

  • School: Central Michigan University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Chelsea Michigan
  • I am a Junior at Central Michigan univeristy studying biology and spanish! We just started up a support group here on campus so come and join!

Haleigh C.

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Haleigh C.

  • School: Georgia Southern University
  • Major: Interior Design
  • Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
  • I'm a 22 year old Floridian, making my way through college in Georgia. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 9 years old, and I've come to see it as a love/hate relationship. I've been involved with CCFA's Camp Oasis since I was 12 years old as a camper, and the past 5 years as a counselor. I love the community those of us with IBD have come to form, and I'm always looking forward to meeting others that want to talk and bond over an unpleasant but blessing-in-disguise similarity!

Haley R.

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Haley R.

  • School: Tennessee Technological University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Crossville
  • I'm Haley and I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease on Feburary 3rd, 2014. I am starting college this fall and I'm very excited. I'm hoping to find more people to connect with that have IBD just like me. :)

Halie B.

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Halie B.

  • School: University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Major: Astrophysics

Hannah S.

Hannah S.

  • School: Emory University
  • Major: English
  • Hometown: Short Hills, New Jersey

Haylee K.

Haylee K.

  • School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Major: Nutrition
  • Hometown: New Hope, MN

Hayley S.

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Hayley S.

  • School: Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Delaware
  • I have had Crohn's since I was 9 and I love sharing my story!

Heather P.

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Heather P.

  • School: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Hometown: Midlothian VA
  • I have had Crohn's for over 6 years but I refuse to let it stop me from traveling and enjoying my life!

Heather S.

Heather S.

  • School: Brandeis University
  • I was diagnosed with colitis a little over a year ago in September of 2011. It was the beginning of my senior year of high school. I was put on asacol, which seemed to make it worse, so my dr. put me on prednisone, which I remained on for about 3 months. I then started getting remicade as I began to wean off the prednisone. Once I was stable, my dr. switched me to 6mp and allopurinol, which I've been on in remission for the last 10 months or so. Though I consider myself lucky, it has not been an easy year. I still get fatigued easily and I find it especially hard to eat healthily at school with all my dietary restrictions (I am also a vegetarian). Please sign my petition to help spread awareness. That's one of the best ways we can help ourselves. Thank you. http://www.change.org/petitions/spread-awareness-about-and-increase-funding-for-crohn-s-and-colitis

Heather W.

Heather W.

  • School: Appalachian State university

Holly L.

Holly L.

  • School: University of Maine at Farmington
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Bangor
  • I'm a sophomore at UMF studying psychology to become a child life specialist. I plan to get my masters in Boston. I was diagnosed with Crohn's at 11 and I currently have an ileostomy after having a subtotal colectomy last winter! I am on dance team, and I love to ski and be outdoors with my friends!

Igor F.

Igor F.

  • School: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Major: Electrical Engineering

Isabella R.

Isabella R.

  • School: Skidmore College
  • Hometown: Clinton, CT
  • I am a freshman at Skidmore College considering a major in biology and a minor in spanish. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2010. I am currently trying to deal with the stresses of the college transition, both as a normal student and as a person with IBD.

Jacklyn S.

Jacklyn S.

  • School: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communications with a Dual Concentration in Broadcasting and Public Relations
  • Hometown: Meadville

Jaclyn M.

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Jaclyn M.

  • School: Temple University
  • Major: Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Jacqueline P.

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Jacqueline P.

  • School: University of Central Florida
  • Major: English Language Arts Education
  • Hometown: Bradenton, FL
  • Hi :D My name is Jacqueline and I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease on January 3rd, 2011. I have been through many different treatments and medications to treat this disease. I am happy to talk with anybody about IBD, CD, or UC. I am familiar with all of them. Please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you. I also would like to connect with some people in the area. Don't give up. I'm fighting for a cure!

Jaimie R.

Jaimie R.

  • School: Brigham Young University - Idaho
  • Major: Exercise Physiology
  • Hometown: Canyon Lake, TX
  • I've had severe Ulcerative Colitis for five years...my entire college career. I will finally be graduating in the summer of 2013. I'm still undecided about graduate school. Despite being in and out of the hospital about every six months, I've been able to travel the world a little bit and had the experience of a lifetime in Berlin, Germany not too long ago. I come from a large family (11 kids) and both my mom and little brother also have either IBS or Colitis (luckily neither severe). I was on prednisone for almost four years and have taken multiple other medications to try and help. I've recently begun using essential oils in conjunction with my medication and feel better then I have in six years. I enjoy helping other people and finding those who have similar problems as me - strength in numbers! I think I've finally learned that I don't have to let UC control my life.

Jake A.

Jake A.

  • School: Lafayette College
  • Major: Biology

Jamie B.

Jamie B.

  • School: Penn State University
  • Major: Undecided
  • Hometown: Livingston, NJ

Jamieson-Lee S.

Jamieson-Lee S.

  • School: University of Idaho
  • I recently moved to Moscow, Idaho from Southern California to attend the University of Idaho. My ulcerative colitis diagnosis came two years ago after a few years of debilitating cramping. Since that time, I have altered my diet significantly, cut out dairy products, and researched the up and coming treatments using helminths. I'm eager to meet like-gutted individuals.

Jasmine C.

Jasmine C.

  • School: University of California San Diego
  • Major: History/French Literature
  • Hometown: Claremont, CA

Jeena R.

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Jeena R.

  • School: Philadelphia University
  • Major: Animation
  • Hometown: Philadelphia
  • I've recently transferred to Philadelphia University from the Art Institute of Philadelphia to finish my schooling on a high note while majoring in Animation. I was diagnosed with Crohn's just after I turned 14 and struggled with it throughout all of high school, never really entering remission until after I graduated. I still struggle with my Crohn's on a regular basis, but I definitely haven't let it hold me back from going for what I want, including following my dream to go to school, and applying as much of myself as I can into becoming an animator. I've always had my mom as support through my Crohn's, as she also has it, but I love to talk to and meet others with the same problems and learn their stories and share support. College is hard enough without the added stress of health problems, and having a strong support group behind you is so important.

Jeff B.

Jeff B.

  • School: University of Washington
  • Major: M.D. degree
  • Hometown: Cody, WY
  • I was diagnosed four years ago with Crohn's disease and am going to medical school to hopefully become a gastroenterologist.

Jena G.

Jena G.

  • School: Wake Technical Community College
  • Major: Special Education
  • Hometown: Long Island, NY

Jenifer S.

Jenifer S.

  • School: George Mason University
  • Major: Law
  • Hometown: Mountain Grove
  • I was diagnosed at age 12. I love meeting new people and would love to answer questions/meet new friends (:

Jenna S.

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Jenna S.

  • School: Western Connecticut State University
  • Major: Justice & Law
  • Hometown: Smithtown, NY
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2011. I'm a soccer player and a freshman in college. I would love to meet others so don't hesitate to contact me!

Jennie D.

Jennie D.

  • School: Boston University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Boston, MA

Jennifer C.

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Jennifer C.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Journalism
  • Hometown: Chandler, AZ
  • Hey! I'm Jennifer, a public relations senior at ASU. I'll have minors in U.S. history and religious studies when I'm done in May as well. I enjoy reading, running, and photography. I work for an elementary school district as a PR intern, and also with international students at ASU. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in Oct. 2006, and after a year of being on Prednisone, Asacol and 6MP, I've been on Remicade ever since and have been healthy! Currently, I'm transitioning from my pediatric doctor at Phoenix Children's to an adult GI - which is kind of a traumatic experience. I'm just not ready to switch doctors!

Jennifer M.

Jennifer M.

  • School: Fresno City College
  • Major: Child Development
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA

Jennifer W.

Jennifer W.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Sustainable Tourism

Jeremy S.

Jeremy S.

  • School: Drexel University
  • Major: Graphic Design
  • Hometown: Philadelphia

Jesse P.

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Jesse P.

  • School: Rutgers University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Weston, CT

Jessica C.

Jessica C.

  • School: Pasco Hernando Community College
  • Major: Journalism

Jessica C.

Jessica C.

  • School: University of Puget Sound
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Graham, WA

Jessica E.

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Jessica E.

  • School: Capella University
  • Major: Business/Marketing
  • Hometown: St Louis MO
  • My name is Jess, I am 35 years old, and am married with two kids (ages 11 and 13) and a very sassy Border Collie. I was diagnosed with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis 3 years ago in St. Louis.  When I moved to Arizona a year and 7 months ago, they diagnosed me with Colitis and IBS. I still am struggling with the diseases and have not yet found a doctor that has been consistent in working with me. I love CCFA and want to get more involved helping people. I look forward to learning more about the Foundation.

Jessica F.

Jessica F.

  • School: East Carolina University
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Ernul, NC
  • I am 23 years old and was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease about a month ago. I have been having these stomach issues for about 1-2 years now and finally figured out what the problem was. I had no idea this disease was so common. I don't know a lot about this disease and how to help get my life on track. I am more than grateful for anything you could tell me! The doctors don't really tell you what to expect except stomach pain so I welcome any and all advice about college life and this disease!

Jessica G.

Jessica G.

  • School: Bryant and Stratton College
  • Major: Bachelors of Business

Jessica G.

Jessica G.

  • School: Columbus State Community College
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Columbus, OH

Jessica K.

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Jessica K.

  • School: Oregon State University
  • Major: Forest Engineering
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • I love to travel, speak spanish, and meet people. I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 7th grade. I have had mild to moderate flare ups. I am trying to get into remission through diet and probiotics because I don't want to begin Humira.

Jessica L.

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Jessica L.

  • School: Montgomery County Community College
  • Major: Child Psychology
  • Hometown: Skippack, PA
  • My name is Jessica, and I'm a junior at Montgomery County College. I just turned 21 this past August! I have Crohn's disease and was diagnosed in 6th grade.

Jessica M.

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Jessica M.

  • School: Temple University
  • Major: Secondary Education/History
  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Jessica N.

Jessica N.

  • School: Grand Valley State University
  • Major: Pre-PA
  • Hi I'm Jessica! I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2010 and was diagnosed with another autoimmune disease in 2012. I hope to one day become a physician assistant and help people lead healthier lives. I have a passion for being an advocate for IBD. Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions or to just talk. :)

Jessie S.

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Jessie S.

  • School: University of Virginia
  • Major: Psychology and Biology
  • Hometown: Leesburg, VA

Jill P.

Jill P.

  • School: Tufts University
  • Major: Child Development
  • Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ

Jillian E.

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Jillian E.

  • School: The Ohio State University
  • Major: Public Affairs
  • Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
  • Buckeye with Crohn's disease

Jimmy S.

Jimmy S.

  • School: Western Washington University
  • Major: History/Social Studies
  • Hometown: Auburn, WA
  • I have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis for almost two years now, and haven't known college life without it. However, this has not prevented me from exploring, making friends, and doing the things I enjoy. I am passionate about music, history, and northwest sports. Feel free to contact!

Joan Q.

Joan Q.

  • School: Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Brockport, NY
  • Senior at Naz studying Psychology and Gerontology. Diagnosed with Crohn's in May 2008, still waiting for remission :)

Joe G.

Joe G.

  • School: Seattle University
  • Major: Film Studies
  • Hometown: Lake Forest, CA

Joe S.

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Joe S.

  • School: University of Akron
  • Major: Statistics/Mathematics
  • Hometown: Canton, OH
  • Diagnosed in 2003. Graduate student at Akron. Huge sports fan. Always interested in talking with anyone!

Joel C.

Joel C.

  • School: University of Madison
  • Major: HIstory
  • Hometown: Viroqua, WI

John S.

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John S.

  • School: Georgetown University
  • Major: Finance
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in December 2012. After struggling with C-Diff infections for the next year, my doctors decided my entire colon had to be removed. I lived with an ileostomy for about 6 months but I'm now reconnected. I was on medical leave for an entire year but I'm finally ready to be a student again. I had a pretty sever case of colitis, but I have a pretty thorough knowledge of treatments covering the whole spectrum of IBD. Best advice: look at the silver linings. I'm a huge film fan, and for the past 6 months, I've probably watched like 150 movies.

Jonah C.

Jonah C.

  • School: Reed College
  • Major: Political Science
  • Hometown: Monterey, MA

Jonathan A.

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Jonathan A.

  • School: Malcolm X College
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Chicago

Jordan B.

Jordan B.

  • School: Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Major: Education

Joseph R.

Joseph R.

  • School: Weber State University
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Torrance, CA

Josh S.

Josh S.

  • School: Muhlenberg College
  • Major: Musical Theater
  • Hometown: Pepper Pike, Ohio

Joshua M.

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Joshua M.

  • School: University of North Texas
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Hometown: Springtown, Texas
  • I am not exactly sure how long I have had Crohn's. I have been through a lot, but I won't let that stop me from helping others and living my dreams! I don't let Crohn's control me and I want to help others if I can :) I am a nerdy guy (I will make many nerdy jokes). I was born May 26th, 1994 (but wise like Yoda); I am open-minded, love life, will talk to anyone, and would love to get to know everyone :) I have a lot of interesting facts about me, but I don't want to bore you. Remember you can do anything you put your mind to!

Joy G.

Joy G.

  • School: University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Major: Nutrition Science
  • Aloha from Hawaii! I was diagnosed with Crohn's 6 years ago. I'm very active, and I have run two fundraiser races for CCFA. I'm studying nutrition in grad school, and I hope to one day help others with IBD as a Registered Dietitian. IBD is not quite as prevalent among Hawaiians as it is in other states. But there are still many students who suffer with Crohn's or Colitis here, and it would be great to raise the public awareness of IBD on the islands! I hope you will email me if you need a supportive fellow Crohnee. :)

Julia S.

Julia S.

  • School: University of Maryland, College Park

Julie B.

Julie B.

  • School: North Carolina State University
  • Major: Biological Engineering
  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Julieth H.

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Julieth H.

  • School: University of Oregon
  • Major: Family and Human Services
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • I was only just diagnosed with Crohn's disease in June 2013. I'm a senior in college, hoping to become an early intervention specialist. After graduation I will be attending graduate school at San Francisco State University.

Justin J.

Justin J.

  • School: Hillsborough Community College
  • Major: Engineering
  • Hometown: Riverview, FL

Kacey S.

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Kacey S.

  • School: Winona State University
  • Major: Elementary Education/Middle Level Mathematics
  • Hometown: Hubertus, WI
  • I have been active with the CCFA since age 10 and have been a long-time camper of the CCFA's Camp Oasis in Northern Wisconsin.

Kailee A.

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Kailee A.

  • School: Texas State University
  • Major: Early Elementary Education
  • Hometown: Temple, TX
  • I am a sophomore at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I am an Early Elementary Education major and am involved in my sorority. I was diagnosed with Colitis in December 2012. My doctor did not really inform me of the details of this disease so I'm hoping I will get some answers by connecting on here! :)

Mundt W.

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Mundt W.

  • School: International Business
  • Major: 59 College Av. Buckhannon WV 26201
  • Hometown: Burleson TX

Kaitlin C.

Kaitlin C.

  • School: Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Major: Therapy/Social Worker
  • Hometown: Warren

Kaitlyn O.

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Kaitlyn O.

  • School: Montana State University
  • Major: Nutritional Science; Pre-Med
  • Hometown: Bozeman

Kal S.

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Kal S.

  • School: Winona State University
  • Major: Excercise Science
  • Hometown: New Richland, MN
  • I have had Crohn's for not even a year yet, but have multiple procedures and surgeries. Always here to help other people!!

Kalee E.

Kalee E.

  • School: University of Florida
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Hometown: Orlando, Fl

Kalifa N.

Kalifa N.

  • School: North Seattle Community College
  • Major: Business
  • Hometown: Anchorage, AK
  • I am a college student getting my administrative assistant certification and then hopefully moving on to get a patient care specialist certification. I was diagnosed with UC in 2009. I love to meet new people and am always looking to meet new people all over. Please feel free to message me.

Kally R.

Kally R.

  • School: Georgia College and State University
  • Major: Music Therapy
  • Senior in college living with ulcerative colitis.

Kara D.

Kara D.

  • School: Northern Illinois Univeristy
  • Major: Accountancy
  • Hometown: Saint Charles

Karly E.

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Karly E.

  • School: Full Sail University
  • Major: Digital Arts and Design
  • Hometown: Rehoboth, MA
  • Hello! I was diagnosed February 2004, when I was 7 years old. I've been through a lot with Crohn's. I started getting sick the beginning of 2003. It took about a year to diagnose me with Crohn's. Since I grew up with Crohn's, I just saw it as my life. It never really seemed like an illness to me because I didn't know any other way life could be. Because of this, I never really took it too seriously. When I turned 14 or so, I started ignoring my meds. I was tired of being sick. I landed myself right back in the hospital, and since then I've struggled with realizing that I have a chronic illness. Recently, I moved away from my little support team and the doctors I grew up with so I could study design down in Florida. I received a scholarship to my dream school after writing an essay about awareness. When I'm out of school, I hope to open up my own support network for teens like me. Teens who couldn't cope with being sick. Until then, I'm making youtube videos about life with Crohn's in college. If you ever want to talk, or you need some help, feel free to connect with me. I'd love to hear your story!

Kat S.

Kat S.

  • School: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Major: Biological Anthropology
  • Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Katharine I.

Katharine I.

  • School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Hometown: Wausau, WI

Katherine V.

Katherine V.

  • School: University of Washington
  • Major: Public Health
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA

Kathryn C.

Kathryn C.

  • School: University of Georgia
  • Major: Exercise and Sports Science
  • Hometown: Marietta, GA
  • My name is Kathryn Cushen. I've had Crohn's since 6th grade and I'm on Remicade.

Kathryn J.

Kathryn J.

  • School: Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's and am looking for someone to discuss medications, supplements, symptoms, or just life with Crohn's in general.

Katie L.

Katie L.

  • School: Rockhurst University
  • Major: Psychology/Pre-OT

Katie T.

Katie T.

  • School: University of Maine Farmington
  • Major: Pre-vet
  • Hometown: Waterville, ME

Katy O.

Katy O.

  • School: Baylor University
  • Major: Finance

Kayla A.

Kayla A.

  • School: University of South Alabama
  • Major: Physical Therapy

Kayla W.

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Kayla W.

  • School: Northern Arizona University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • I'm currently a sophomore at NAU, pre-med, and majoring in Biology with a minor in math and chemistry. I'm in my second year as an undergraduate, and I was diagnosed with Crohn's about 2 months ago.

Kayna O.

Kayna O.

  • School: Brigham Young University Idaho
  • Major: Child Development
  • Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR/ Ephraim, UT
  • My husband John and I are both students at BYU Idaho and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We both graduate in April. I am studying Child Development and he is studying Animal Science. After graduation we will go to Ephraim, UT where his family raises beef cows and turkeys. I started having symptoms of Crohn's last summer when I was pregnant with our sweet little boy. After giving birth, having my gall bladder removed, and then staying 4 nights in the hospital with a bowel obstruction they finally attributed my pain to Crohn's in February 2012. Then in August I had a right hemicolectomy where they removed a portion of my colon, small bowel, and a deep penetrating fistula. Three days after returning home, I went back to hospital with a leak at the connection and they had to go back in and give me a temporary ileostomy. I've been on 60 mg of Prednisone for so long my tissues were just too weak to hold up. But I just started Humira and am getting off face bulging Prednisone. Despite everything I have been through life is great and I have grown immensely and learned tons about myself. I am grateful for the experiences I have and the amazing family support that I have. I have been so blessed!

Keagan L.

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Keagan L.

  • School: Mt. San Antonio College
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Glendora
  • I'm 23 years old and have been living with Crohn's disease since I was 15. I am currently a student, but also work at a music school in Glendora, as the office manager and also part time nanny when I have time. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I like going to the beach, wake-boarding, snowboarding, camping, and hiking- so I live a pretty active life despite my disease. I enjoy going to hockey and baseball games and I love trying new places to eat. Although I live with a severe case of Crohn's disease I am always determined to never allow my disease get in the way of my dreams and I am on a mission to erase the stigma attached to those living with IBD as well as those who live with an ostomy! :)

Kelly G.

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Kelly G.

  • School: Marymount College
  • Major: Food Science and Nutrition
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • I have been suffering from Colitis since I was 7, and I just started college. I love corny jokes, and shows like How I Met Your Mother and The Office. I am currently procrastinating studying because I have been studying since 10 am today. I am super goofy and get distracted super easily. But I am fun to be around and love helping others!

Kelly M.

Kelly M.

  • School: The University of Mount Union
  • Major: Communications and Sociology
  • Hometown: Randolph, Ohio
  • My Name is Kelly McMahon, and I am a freshman at The University of Mount Union. I am a majorette and a sister of Alpha Xi Delta. I am double majoring in Communications and Sociology, and I hope to someday become a social worker. I love helping people every chance I get. :)

Kelly S.

Kelly S.

  • School: Grove City College
  • Major: History Secondary Education

Kelly S.

Kelly S.

  • School: Utica College
  • Major: Health Studies-Physical Therapy
  • Hometown: Whitesboro

Kelly T.

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Kelly T.

  • School: Case Western Reserve University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Mayfield Heights, Ohio
  • I am 19 years old and have had ulcerative colitis for about 3 years. However, ulcerative colitis does not define me. I will admit, I have struggled a lot dealing with having this horrible disease, but thankfully I have an amazing support system behind me. My family and friends have been my strength throughout all of the good times and bad and I can't thank them enough. I have not let UC stop me from living my life the way every other college student does. I am currently a sophomore and a sister of the Theta Beta Chapter of Delta Gamma at Case Western Reserve University. I love running and staying in shape in my free time. I have hope that one day a cure will be found for Crohn's and Colitis, but until then, never give up. :)

Kelsey A.

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Kelsey A.

  • School: The University of Iowa
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Elmhurst, IL

Kelsey M.

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Kelsey M.

  • School: University of Memphis
  • Major: Communications
  • I am in my fourth year of college, and I have Crohn's disease. I was diagnosed on the day before my sweet 16. I have had a lot of ups and downs, but I have learned a lot along the way.

Kelsey N.

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Kelsey N.

  • School: Northwest Nazarene University
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Hometown: Nampa, ID
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 8. I am now 19 years old, so I have been battling this disease for the past 11 years but I definitely do not let it define who I am. I am currently a freshman in college and I love it. I really enjoy performing (singing and acting). I love hanging out with my friends and just having a good time. I love skiing in the winter and spending my summers at the beach.

Kendall C.

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Kendall C.

  • School: Syracuse University
  • Major: Whitman School of Business
  • Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ
  • My name is Kendall, and I was diagnosed with UC and PSC in the winter of my junior year of high school. I was absent from school for about three months as the disease progressed and continued to worsen but was able to complete the credits for my junior year. I continued to struggle throughout the summer, being in and out of the hospital and being unable to work as a lifeguard. During my second week of Senior year I was taken to the hospital with appendicitis and missed another several weeks of school. Though I have struggled throughout my experience I have continued to retain a positive attitude and am happy to say that I am in a better place then I was, even though I am still not in remission. I have recently moved into my dorm room at Syracuse and I am very happy with my room! I would be happy to speak with anyone who wants anyone to talk to about the disease and their experience if they need any help! Feel free to contact me!

Kevin H.

Kevin H.

  • School: Ball State University
  • Major: Organizational Communications
  • Hometown: Wheaton, Il

Khristian Erich B.

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Khristian Erich B.

  • School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Major: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Stamford, CT.
  • Hi everyone! My name is Khristian Erich, and I am currently a senior at MIT majoring in mathematics and aspire to become a doctor. I also conduct research at the Koch Institute investigating intestinal disease and regeneration (oh the irony...). In addition, I'm a concert pianist and organist, which has been incredibly wonderful. I've been battling with UC since my junior year in high school. Though it's been a challenge, I've become a stronger person as a result. I am a late-comer to the CCFA, but my hope is to become more involved. Please feel free to reach out. I'd love to hear from you!

Kimberly C.

Kimberly C.

  • School: University at Albany
  • Major: Communications
  • Hometown: Conger, NY
  • I'm 21 years old. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about 4 years ago and its been a difficult journey. I've tried almost every type of medicine and am trying to live my life to the fullest.

Kimberly W.

Kimberly W.

  • School: Brigham Young University
  • Major: Geography
  • Hometown: Lake Mills, Wisconsin, United States

Kira N.

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Kira N.

  • School: Oberlin College
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
  • Hey! My name is Kira and I am a freshman at Oberlin College. I am studying neuroscience and Middle East and North African studies. My life with Crohn's began when I was 10 and since I was twelve I have been lucky enough to be in remission thanks to Humira. When I was younger, no one besides my family and doctor knew about my diagnosis. However after becoming involved with Get Your Guts in Gear, a 3 day charity bike ride that raises awareness for IBD, I saw adults living successful and happy lives with IBD. I began to learn more about being a teenager with IBD by reading blogs and articles. When I was 16, I attended Camp Oasis for the first time as a LIT (Leader in Training) and saw kids for the first time with CD or UC which made me realize how important support at a young age is for accepting Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis. I am now a part of the NCCL and love to talk about my experiences and hear about other's stories!

Kirbi F.

Kirbi F.

  • School: Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Major: Illustration
  • Hometown: Plymouth, MA

Kris R.

Kris R.

  • School: Wilkes University
  • Major: Pharmacy
  • Hometown: Center Valley, PA
  • Senior Pharmacy major diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 8th grade. I enjoy the outdoors including biking, boating, fishing, skiing, and just about everything else.

Kristen B.

Kristen B.

  • School: Towson University
  • Major: Psychology

Kristina C.

Kristina C.

  • School: University of Hartford
  • Major: Physical Therapy

Kristina G.

Kristina G.

  • School: Judson College
  • Major: Biology/Chemistry
  • Hometown: Warner Robins

Kristina J.

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Kristina J.

  • School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Major: Business
  • Hometown: Charlotte
  • I'm a 24 year old college student. Just found out I had Crohn's in February 2013 and had to have surgery April 2013. This is a lot to deal with, but I feel like this will be a good change in my life.

Kristina R.

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Kristina R.

  • School: Oregon State University
  • Major: English/Education
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
  • I'm a double degree student working toward my BAs in English and Education. I want to teach English to middle schoolers, then work on my MA so I can teach English for Speakers of Other Languages. I have two kids, a seven year old and a one year old, and I'm constantly on the run. Find me! We'll have coffee, tea, water, whiskey, vodka...whatever you can handle, I can handle. I'm in remission right now (knock on wood) so I'm living life to the absolute fullest...you never know how awful life can be until you're in the middle of a UC flare! I was diagnosed with UC four years ago and have had two serious flares that put me in the hospital, once for nine days and once for five. I've been on pretty much every oral medication, and long-term steroids to boot. Not fun. If you're looking for someone to kvetch with, come kvetch with me.

Kristina S.

Kristina S.

  • School: SUNY Oswego
  • Major: Wellness Management
  • Hometown: Syracuse, NY
  • After months of mysteries and several hospital visits, I was finally diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 17 years old in 2010. Since then, I have been on too many medications to remember and gone through numerous flares and points of remission. This past summer (2013), my diagnosis has changed to Crohn's-Colitis. I think communication with someone who understands where you are coming from is great therapy, especially when dealing with a chronic illness such as this.

Kyle I.

Kyle I.

  • School: Brigham Young University
  • Major: Physiology and developmental biology
  • Hometown: Philadelphia

Kyle J.

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Kyle J.

  • School: Quinnipiac University
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Hometown: Mansfield Ma
  • I am an undergraduate at Quinnipiac University studying Criminal Justice. I expect to graduate in 2016 and I hope to go to Law school to become a criminal attorney, perhaps even a prosecutor. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 5th grade. I had a major flare up going into my junior year of high school which forced me to stop running track at a time that I was captain of the varsity team. I ended up having surgery to remove the infected portion of my intestines, but due to complications an abscess formed and over the next year I was in and out of the hospital while they tried to cover up their mistake, missing a total year of school. I am in remission now and love every minute here at Quinnipiac. I was scared at first that my Crohn’s would affect my social and academic success, but that has not been the case. In fact, I found my transition here to be a fairly easy one and hope to help other people have as good of an experience.

Kyle L.

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Kyle L.

  • School: DeSales University
  • Major: Marketing/ Finance

Laci A.

Laci A.

  • School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Greensburg, PA
  • My name is Laci Altman. I am a junior biology major at the University of Pittsburgh. I was diagnosed last year (2012) and had my first resection just four months after diagnosis. I enjoy the outdoors and exploring the great city that is Pittsburgh. :)

Laura C.

Laura C.

  • School: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: St. Charles

Laura D.

Laura D.

  • School: University of Saint Joseph
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Bristol, CT
  • I have had Crohn's since 2005. The most exciting thing I have done was doing Team Challenge! I got to raise money for CCFA, run a half marathon, and meet so many wonderful people who shared their stories about Crohn's and Colitis!

Laura H.

Laura H.

  • School: California Lutheran University
  • Major: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Castaic, CA

Laura M.

Laura M.

  • School: Texas A&M University
  • Major: Meteorology
  • Hometown: Cypress, Texas

Laura S.

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Laura S.

  • School: Penn State University
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ
  • I'm a senior at Penn State majoring in Marketing, minoring in Psychology, and I bleed blue and white! I am also the president of the Crohn's and Colitis club at Penn State. I was diagnosed in 2009, and am currently on Remicade. I'm from New Jersey, a quick car ride from NYC! I love meeting and chatting with people with Crohn's and Colitis so don't be afraid to contact me!

Laura W.

Laura W.

  • School: University of Oregon
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: CAMARILLO

Laurel L.

Laurel L.

  • School: Pitzer College
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Los Angeles

Laurel S.

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Laurel S.

  • School: Scripps College
  • Major: Media Studies and American Studies (Politics)
  • Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 9 years old. I've had active disease in my colon, small intestine, bones, joints and trachea (yes—trachea. Weird, I know). My involvement with the CCFA has taken many forms over the years. Right now, I'm working on a series of vlogs about life as a college student with a chronic disease and disability culture on campus. I am currently a sophomore at Scripps College, The Women's College of The Claremont College Consortium. On campus, I am involved in college radio, student government, admission advocacy, diversity organizations, disability awareness, advocacy groups and research assistance for an American Studies professor. I hope to go into broadcast journalism when I graduate.

Lauren C.

Lauren C.

  • School: Simmons College
  • Major: Communications Design
  • Hometown: Manchester, NH

Lauren C.

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Lauren C.

  • School: California Baptist University
  • Major: Nursing
  • College freshman!! Ready for a new start in college after having a very rough first year of being diagnosed with UC. I wanna meet lots of new friends, as well as others who have IBD so we can form a support system and put our dumb diseases in remission together :) Please reach out!!

Lauren L.

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Lauren L.

  • School: Barnard College of Columbia University
  • Major: Economics
  • I'm Lauren, a student at Barnard College majoring in Economics. I've had symptoms of ulcerative colitis for a large portion of my life but I was officially diagnosed in 2010. Since then, I've had a total colectomy and an ileostomy, had a j-pouch constructed, and my ostomy reversed. I'd love to connect with other IBDers and people with ostomies or j-pouches.

Lauren M.

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Lauren M.

  • School: Pennsylvania State University
  • Major: Elementary Education

Leah M.

Leah M.

  • School: Kansas State University
  • Major: Architecture
  • Hometown: St. Louis

Leandra V.

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Leandra V.

  • School: De Anza Community College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Brookline, NH
  • I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the fall of my junior year of high school. I am now 18 years old and entering my first year of college at De Anza Community College. I've been struggling with the best diet to not irritate my disease and also with combinations of medicine.

Lee D.

Lee D.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Tempe

Liana G.

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Liana G.

  • School: University of Florida
  • Major: Economics and Political Science
  • Hometown: Miami, FL

Liesl P.

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Liesl P.

  • School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Eureka, Illinois
  • Hey! My name is Liesl and I'm a freshman at the University of Illinois. In January of 2011, I was diagnosed with a very severe steroid refractory ulcerative colitis. Since then, everything has been a roller coaster of medications, surgeries, and emotional struggles. This disease is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. :]

Lilly S.

Lilly S.

  • School: Northeastern University
  • Major: Public Advocacy and Rhetoric
  • Hometown: Boylston, MA

Lily C.

Lily C.

  • School: Hampshire College
  • Major: Photography and Curation
  • Hometown: Philadelphia

Lindsay B.

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Lindsay B.

  • School: Northern Arizona University
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Diagnosed 10 years ago this May! Microbiology student at NAU with hopes of getting into research for Crohn's disease. This fall I will be starting my last year of college. Amazing support network, couldn't have gotten this far without them.

Lindsay R.

Lindsay R.

  • School: Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Oneonta, NY
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 14 and decided I wanted to be a nurse to help others who are ill. I am in my second year of nursing and will graduate in May. It is so exciting knowing that I will have a career in something I am most passionate about.

Lindsey E.

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Lindsey E.

  • School: University of South Alabama
  • Major: Therapeutic Recreation
  • Hometown: Mobile, AL
  • I am a 20 year old college student. I attend the University of South Alabama and major in Therapeutic Recreation. I absolutely love life and love to have fun. I have high energy and go non stop. I am known for being super busy and extremely involved. I love to be active and am very much a people person. I am known as the social butterfly of the family that does not stop talking. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease during Spring Semester of my freshman year. I am new to the disease and learning to handle it. I have already gone through a failed attempt of steroid treatment, a bowel resectioning, and am currently on Remicade and 6 MP. I honestly do not know what remission feels like because the doctors are actively working to get my Crohn's under control. I look forward to the day when I can eat many of the foods I currently miss. I have not allowed Crohn's to stop me from living life. I am still very active in my school, community, and church. I look forward to using my Crohn's story to help others and to connect with others that have my same condition.

Lindsey G.

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Lindsey G.

  • School: Penn State University
  • Major: Biological Anthropology
  • Hometown: McMurray, PA
  • Actively pursuing adventure since 1991.

Lisa A.

Lisa A.

  • School: Hunter College
  • Major: Public Health
  • Hometown: Hicksville

Liz R.

Liz R.

  • School: Michigan State University
  • Major: Hospitality Business and Communications
  • Hometown: Livonia

Lori R.

Lori R.

  • School: SUNY Cortland
  • Major: Sport Management
  • Hometown: Bardonia, NY
  • I graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with my bachelors in physical education. I am now pursuing my masters in sport management from SUNY Cortland. I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's this past summer and it has had a big impact on my life. Trying to find the right combination of medicine to control my Crohn's still hasn't seemed to have worked yet, but it's getting there.

Lucy K.

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Lucy K.

  • School: Grand Valley State University
  • Major: Elementary Education- English/Language Arts
  • Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
  • Hi! I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in July of 2007, and was able to manage it prettty well up until two years ago. Since then, it's been a roller coaster of physical and emotional issues. I was in and out of the hospital, on and off of prednizone, and just about anything imagineable that we all go through when enduring a flare up! YAY! Through holistic and western medicine practices, I've been able to somewhat get a handle on my health. I'm fortunate enough to say I'm not on any strong prescription meds, just Asacol. I really began struggling with the disease in terms of feeling embarassed and so alone. No one understood my struggle. I didn't have any friends who had Crohn's or Colitis, and I felt so ashamed of what my disease had become: constantly having to worry about where the bathroom is, if I will have to go to the bathroom, if people hear me go to the bathroom, how long I'd be in the bathroom...you get the point. It took a lot for me to grasp what had changed with my health, and I still to this day will never know what or why, but I've stopped searching for the why, and started doing something about it. I got more involved with our group on campus, and am now the president! I also had the opportunity to be a counselor at Camp Oasis this past summer where I literally had the time of my life, and was changed. I met some of the most incredible people who have become my life-long friends and guided me through this battle. I've become so passionate about advocating and raising awareness for IBD! I've gotten a better handle on my disease, both physically and emotionally, and realized that sometimes we will NEVER know the 'why'... It just is what it is. Everytime I meet someone with IBD I get so ecstatic! I want to help everyone, although I realize that's not possible; but this has become my passion and I could not be happier. Please feel free to get in touch with me :)

Lydia V.

Lydia V.

  • School: Mount Holyoke College
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • I was diagnosed my second semester, freshman year of college.

Lyndsey R.

Lyndsey R.

  • School: East Stroudsburg University
  • Hometown: Lake Ariel, PA

Lynn E.

Lynn E.

  • School: Fitchburg State University

Maddie W.

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Maddie W.

  • School: Kent State University
  • Major: Mechatronics
  • Hometown: Youngstown
  • Well, I was diagnosed in 7th grade but was told I probably had it my while life. I was sick for five years of pain every day every minute. Now I'm going into my freshman year of college without any pain for two years now.

Madi D.

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Madi D.

  • School: California University of PA
  • Major: psychology
  • Hometown: indiana

Madison E.

Madison E.

  • School: DePaul University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Farmington Hills
  • Hi Everyone! My name is Madison! I am a member of the CCFA National Council of College Leaders. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis thirteen years ago, and have been involved with CCFA ever since. I have attended and counseled at Camp Oasis, walked in Take Steps walks, volunteered at my local chapter office, and participated in many other CCFA sponsored events! I am studying Psychology with a concentration in Human Development, with dreams of one day becoming a Child Life Specialist!

Maggie B.

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Maggie B.

  • School: Salisbury University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Mount Laurel New Jersey
  • I have had CD for about 9 years and now have an ileostomy.

Makayla S.

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Makayla S.

  • School: Missouri State University
  • Major: Dietetics
  • Hometown: Lawson
  • Hi! I'm Makayla, but my friends call me Swope. I'm super stoked to have the opportunity to join this group! Ulcerative Colitis officially introduced itself to me in May 2013. I find having UC is a lot like being on a first date- a little awkward and spontaneous, except there's no free food. So nobody wins. I'm off to Missouri State in the fall. Farewell Community College! Admittedly, I'm fairly nervous that I don't have a restroom map of the whole Springfield area but something tells me that I'll survive. I don't have it all figured out but I do have some pretty hilarious stories and mishaps that only UC could bless me with. But most of all, I have faith that together we can make this whole Crohns & Colitis world a little better. Please feel free to chat me up! I'd love to know your tips and tricks. And since we're all more than just our disease- I'd love to know your story as well!

Marc P.

Marc P.

  • School: Grand Valley State University
  • Hometown: Wyoming, Mi

Mariah H.

Mariah H.

  • School: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Major: Advertising
  • Hometown: Minneapolis

Mariah R.

Mariah R.

  • School: Madison College
  • Major: Art
  • Hometown: Madison

Mariana R.

Mariana R.

  • School: Loyola University Chicago
  • Major: Accounting
  • Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Marissa K.

Marissa K.

  • School: Emory University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Holmdel, NJ

Mary Claire C.

Mary Claire C.

  • School: Western Michigan University
  • Major: HIIM
  • Hometown: Bloomfield Hills

Maryam A.

Maryam A.

  • School: Columbia University
  • Major: English Education
  • Hometown: New York
  • I am a doctoral student in college teaching of English and a college instructor. I teach English literature and writing. In my free time, I write poetry. It helps me to keep my emotional balance and relieve myself from stress. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2009 but I had been struggling with it some years earlier. I hope there will be a real cure for UC and other IBDs soon.

Matt B.

Matt B.

  • School: Fairfield University
  • Major: Biology

Matthew P.

Matthew P.

  • School: Herkimer County Community College
  • Major: Radio/TV Broadcasting
  • Hometown: Stittville, NY
  • Has been diagnosed with Crohn's since 2006. Has been under control for the most part, thanks to medicine. I had a flare up in late 2011 and in early 2013. It has effected my schooling but I make sure not to let it bring me down.

Matthew G.

Matthew G.

  • School: George Washington University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Collingswood, NJ
  • Hey all, I'm Matt. I go to school at The George Washington University and I'm a biology major. I was diagnosed with UC in March 2011 during my sophomore year. After a hard-fought battle and a rough experience with UC, I needed surgery to remove my colon in December 2011. I ended up missing my junior year, but after multiple surgeries and a long recovery, I was able to return to college in the Fall of 2012. Currently, I'm finishing up my junior year and still learning the ropes on how to live with a J-Pouch. I'm looking forward to getting more into Crohns and Colitis awareness, and I'd love to meet other young people who have dealt with IBD or are still battling it. Feel free to email, facebook, or tweet me and I'd love to chat.

McKenna P.

McKenna P.

  • School: Sarah Lawrence College
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
  • I was diagnosed in October 2009 during my junior year of high school. I struggled very severe symptoms during my last two years of high school and in my first year of college. Due to my illness, I ended up taking a gap year after attending half the semester of my freshman year of college. I am now doing much better, receiving infusions of Remicade every 8 weeks in NYC. I am studying psychology/nutrition in hopes of supporting adolescents that are dealing with the same things I experienced.

Megan J.

Megan J.

  • School: St. Petersburg College

Megan M.

Megan M.

  • School: Trinity University
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
  • I was officially diagnosed with Crohn's disease in May 2013 after I had to have emergency surgery for a small bowel obstruction. I had 9 inches of my small intestine removed and was in the hospital for a week. However, I had been suffering from intense intestinal cramps two years prior to that. I was severely malnourished, anemic, and just did not feel well from Freshman year of college until my diagnosis. Thanks to my wonderful doctors I am currently in remission :)

Melanie H.

Melanie H.

  • School: Auburn University
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Hometown: Birmingham, Al
  • I am a 5th year senior at Auburn University majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Melanie K.

Melanie K.

  • School: University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Manalapan, NJ

Melissa C.

Melissa C.

  • School: Syracuse University

Melissa P.

Melissa P.

  • School: Scottsdale Community College
  • Major: Music Business
  • Hometown: N. Massapequa, NY

Melissa R.

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Melissa R.

  • School: University Of Northern Colorado
  • Major: Human Services
  • Hometown: Loveland

Melody Z.

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Melody Z.

  • School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Major: Anthropology
  • Hometown: Greenwich, CT
  • Hi, my name is Melody and I am a current first year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease during my junior year of high school at the age of sixteen. I have gone through multiple medications including Remicade, Humira, and Azathioprine, all of which have caused an allergic response. Currently, I am managing my Crohn's with Budesonide steroids and a relatively healthy diet. I have yet to meet another student at any university with Crohn's or Colitis, so I would be grateful to get in touch with anyone who is interested in having an understanding friend!

Micayla A.

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Micayla A.

  • School: Ferris State University
  • Major: Health Information Management
  • Hometown: Dorr MI

Michael B.

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Michael B.

  • School: Mt. San Antonio College / Cal Poly Pomona
  • Major: Kinesiology
  • Hometown: Claremont, CA

Michael P.

Michael P.

  • School: University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Ladysmith, WI
  • I had UC for around 2 years. Then had a string of surgeries. I am attending University of Wisocin Eau Claire majoring in Nursing. I would love to talk to others!

Michael R.

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Michael R.

  • School: Northwood University
  • Major: Entertainment and Sports Promotional Management
  • Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
  • I have had Crohn's disease since age nine. I am a Junior at Northwood University, and study Sports Marketing. I have raised over $20,000 for disease research, and will be holding my 6th fundraiser this spring in the Saginaw-Midland area.

Michelle E.

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Michelle E.

  • School: University of South Florida
  • Major: International Studies / Psychology
  • Hometown: Clearwater
  • I am a senior at the University of South Florida. I will be starting graduate school here at USF this fall. I will be working on my Master's Degree in Political Science. I was diagnosed with Crohn's and Colitis in June of 2003. I have lived with Crohn's and Colitis for 11 years and I have been through surgeries, multiple flare-ups, and a slew of different medications. I am very proud of my success in overcoming my illness and would LOVE to meet other people at USF who are also fighting the obstacles Crohn's and Colitis can create.

Mikayla N.

Mikayla N.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Robotics & Automation
  • Hometown: Phoenix

Mike S.

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Mike S.

  • School: Penn State University
  • Major: Health Policy & Administration
  • Hometown: Atlantic Highlands, NJ
  • I'm a sophomore at Penn State, majoring in Health Policy and Administration with an interest in Pre-Law! Diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 10, currently in a state of remission...Remicade treatments every 8 weeks! From NJ, 5 minutes from the beach! Camp Oasis (PA) camper for 7 years and counselor....love it!

Miles L.

Miles L.

  • School: Stanford University
  • Major: Political Science
  • Hometown: Chalfont, PA
  • I am a junior at Stanford University who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis during my freshman year of college. A few months later, I joined the National Council of College Leaders. I currently serve as a member of the Council's Advocacy Workgroup. If you have any questions about attending college with IBD or the National Council of College Leaders, don't hesitate to reach out!

Miranda M.

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Miranda M.

  • School: Lasell College
  • Major: Fashion Communication & Promotion
  • Hometown: Chichester, NH
  • I am a Fashion Communication & Promotion major, Event Management minor, at Lasell College. I write for POLISHED Magazine and Her Campus, an online collegiate blog, and for the past three years I have worked at American Eagle as a jean expert and a stylist. In my free time I like to play basketball with my boyfriend and go on adventures. In the future I hope to have traveled the world and have landed a job at Vogue.

Melissa H.

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Melissa H.

  • School: University of Buffalo
  • Major: Biomedical Sciences
  • Hometown: Angola, NY
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 9. I am now 22, just graduated from the University at Buffalo with my Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences, and am planning to go to PA school in 2013 if accepted. My battle with Crohn's disease has been the worst through my 4 years of college and currently as well.

Mitch K.

Mitch K.

  • School: University of Minnesota
  • Major: Sport Management

Mitchell B.

Mitchell B.

  • School: Augsburg College
  • Major: MIS
  • Hometown: St Paul
  • My name is Mitchell and i attend Augsburg college and play football.

Moath O.

Moath O.

  • School: Tennessee State University
  • Major: Ph.D Computer Engineering
  • Hometown: Amman
  • I am Moath. A new Ph.D Comp.Eng student at TSU. I have been diagnosed with UC two years ago, I'm now 27 yrs old. I am still new here in Nashville, still looking for an insurance company that would cover my UC as pre existing condition. I would be very happy to have someone here to share our experience together :)

Mollie G.

Mollie G.

  • School: Earlham College
  • Hometown: New Haven CT

Molly C.

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Molly C.

  • School: Mississippi College
  • Major: History
  • Hometown: Ridgeland
  • I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 14 there. Less than a year later I moved with my parents to Jackson, Mississippi. I've been here since 2007, and I attend Mississippi College as a history major/communications minor.

Molly G.

Molly G.

  • School: The Ohio State University
  • UC since 2009. I've never talked to anyone with UC or Crohn's in person before. I'd love to meet new people who know what it's like!

Molly L.

Molly L.

  • School: St. John's University

Molly R.

Molly R.

  • School: University of Missouri
  • Major: TAM
  • Hometown: Corder, MO

Monica J.

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Monica J.

  • School: University of Texas at Austin
  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • My name is Monica Johnson and I am currently a junior electrical engineering major at The University of Texas at Austin. I am involved in several engineering groups on campus and love to explore Austin in my free time.

    I was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Allen,TX when I was seven years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was just 5 years old and was put on a high dose of steroids right away.  I was on steroids for about 2 years, and have since tried Remicade, Humira, and many other drugs to help control my disease.  My battle with Crohn’s has been a rollercoaster as far as the ups and downs that I’ve had, though I am happy to say I have not had any many surgeries.  I am proud to say I am living a healthy and normal college life, well as normal as any IBD patient can have, and am so grateful to be where I am today.  Having this disease for so long has greatly impacted the person I am and my strength and outlook on life.

    I became involved with CCFA as soon as I moved to Texas by being a camper at Camp Oasis.  I have since become a counselor for camp and have participated in many events to help raise awareness and fundraise money to help find a cure for this disease. Many of these events include Team Challenge, Take Steps, Putt for a Purpose, bowl-a-thons and the gala. I have volunteered for my hometown North Texas Chapter for almost 8 years and have recently been involved with the South Texas Chapter while at school.  I have been named Honored Hero at one of the annual Take Steps walks in Dallas as well as the Youth Ambassador.  This past summer I ran my first Team Challenge race in Napa and plan to do the Vegas race in November.  Last semester I was also able to put together a Team Challenge Campus team at my school, where we ran a 5K and raised over $2,000 as a team.  This program was created by the council, which I have been a member of for over 2 years now, and it has been so inspiring to be able to work with such amazing people and actually be implementing our own ideas on our campuses to raise CCFA awareness.

Morgan C.

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Morgan C.

  • School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Major: Art

Mycah V.

Mycah V.

  • School: California Baptist University
  • Major: Health Sciences, Emphasis in Pre-Physician's Assistant
  • Hometown: Hesperia, CA
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 15 years old, although I have experienced symptoms since I was five. I had never heard of Crohn's before I was diagnosed, but now I educate people around me every chance I get. I am currently a freshman at California Baptist University, studying in Health Sciences in hopes of becoming a Gastroerontological Physician's Assistant. This summer, I also hope to become a camp counselor at Camp Oasis. I am a follower of Christ, and I view Crohn's as an opportunity to be thankful for everything that I have. I was given a view of life that takes nothing for granted, especially those days that I feel well, and every success I have is that much more important to me. However, I do not face each day worried that my life will over in the next day. I can live a long and happy life.

Nadine L.

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Nadine L.

  • School: Calvin College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Jenison, Michigan

Nancy W.

Nancy W.

  • School: University of Washington
  • Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Natasha W.

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Natasha W.

  • School: Champlain College
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: Winooski
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was 11-years-old in 2004. Since then I have been struggling finding the right drug therapy for me to go into remission. I have been hospitalized more times than I can count and have endured three surgeries. Despite all of this I participate in Team Challenge every single year, and constantly try to raise awareness for the disease. I am currently in college in Vermont studying marketing and planning fundraisers in my free time. I love to snowboard, cook, and just have fun in any way possible. Even with Crohn's, I do whatever I can to stay positive and happy and try to always have a good time in whatever I am doing.

Nate T.

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Nate T.

  • School: Cornell University
  • Major: Biology & Society
  • Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
  • Proud National Youth Leadership Council Alum, recent Cornell grad, and Crohn's patient of 9 years

Nathan J.

Nathan J.

  • School: University of Utah
  • Major: Master of Business Administration/Healthcare Administration
  • Hometown: Draper, UT

Nathan S.

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Nathan S.

  • School: University of Memphis
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • I've had Crohn's since 2010. I was doing AFROTC at the time when I found out and you can't be in the military with IBD. I did school some more and then ended up taking a year away. I have since returned and am doing my best to make it. I work and go to school. It's really only hard when I have flair ups.

Nick J.

Nick J.

  • School: Brigham Young University
  • Major: English
  • Hometown: Richfield, Utah

Nick J.

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Nick J.

  • School: Brigham Young University
  • Major: English
  • Hometown: Provo, UT
  • Hi! I'm Nick Jorgensen, a 24-year-old college student who was born in the rural town of Richfield, Utah, and is now attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I have been dealing with the symptoms of Crohn's disease for about two years now, and though I haven't completely found a method for bringing the disease into remission, I am fighting hard and keeping a positive attitude. I love to travel, read books and watch movies (especially the ones about Hobbits,) and spend time with good friends and family. I believe in living life in a way that makes one happy, despite the difficult challenges presented by Crohn's disease.

Nick U.

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Nick U.

  • School: The Ohio State University
  • Major: Law Student
  • Hometown: Tallmadge, Ohio
  • I'm a 2nd year law student at Ohio State, I served on the NCCL while in college at Kent State. I love meeting other patients! So if you're in Columbus, let me know!

Nicole G.

Nicole G.

Nicole G.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Phoenix

Nicole M.

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Nicole M.

  • School: Everett Community College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Cleveland

Nicole W.

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Nicole W.

  • School: University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Major: International Business and Economics, minors in Spanish and Leadership Studies
  • Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
  • My name's Nicole and I'm a sophomore at UNCW on the southeast coast of North Carolina. I'm a beach bum from Jersey (Marlboro during the school year, Avon in the summers), so it was only natural that even hundreds of miles away I'd stay at the shore. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 8 and started going to Camp Oasis in Kintnersville a few years later. I've spent five summers there, and it changed my life. The people I've met through the CCFA and through camp are constant reminders that my disease is not a crutch or an excuse for mediocrity. I have watched so many people I have so much respect for do amazing things that they were told their IBD would stop them from doing. I am so lucky to be healthy enough to go to a school I love far from my doctors and my family, so I make sure I use my obstacles to make me stronger and more capable than I ever could be without them. My curse is my blessing - as much as UC sucks sometimes, I'm so thankful for all of the great things it's brought into my life.

Nina R.

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Nina R.

  • School: Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Major: International Trade & Marketing
  • Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
  • 21 years old, college junior, currently on medical leave and living at home until the fall semester. I have had GI issues my whole life, but only two months ago was it given a name, severe IBD, and later an official diagnosis of Crohn's disease. Although this all has brought some heartache, I refuse to allow it to define who I am and who I want to become. I know I'm stronger than IBD, and I just want to help others realize their same great strength

Noa E.

Noa E.

  • School: Georgia State University
  • Major: Pre-med, Biology (Physiology)
  • Hometown: Johns Creek
  • I am currently a pre-med student at Georgia State University who was diagnosed with IBD in August 2014, three years after my first flare up and symptoms began. I am an ex-professional ballerina and I speak English, Hebrew, and Russian. My passion is medicine and, even though IBD is not a fun disease, I like to look on the bright side and appreciate that my experience having the disease will make me a better doctor in the future :) I would love to get in touch with others in my area who have IBD - it would be so nice to have a friend who understands what it's like!

Nora T.

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Nora T.

  • School: Concordia College
  • Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
  • Hello! I'm Nora and just completed my freshman year at Concordia College. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 14, and have been in remission for the past 2 years!

Olivia B.

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Olivia B.

  • School: Colorado State University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Ft Collins

Olivia C.

Olivia C.

  • School: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
  • Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010

Olivia C.

Olivia C.

  • School: Boston College
  • Major: M.A. Theology and Ministry

Paige J.

Paige J.

  • School: Columbus State Community College
  • Major: Associates of Arts
  • Recently diagnosed with Crohn's, animal lover, interested in film, alternative music, vintage, theater, tv, literature and more!

Paige W.

Paige W.

  • School: Santa Barbara City College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Pam B.

Pam B.

  • School: Pacific Lutheran University
  • Hometown: Meridian, ID

Patrick B.

Patrick B.

  • School: University of California Riverside

Pete M.

Pete M.

  • School: Stony Brook University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Staten Island

Quinn H.

Quinn H.

  • School: The Ohio State University
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Quinn M.

Quinn M.

  • School: Iowa State University
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Rachel D.

Rachel D.

  • School: Xavier University
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Cleveland
  • Senior at Xavier University, graduating in May.

Rachel E.

Rachel E.

  • School: Biola University
  • Major: Fine Art
  • Hometown: La Mirada

Rachel F.

Rachel F.

  • School: University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Hometown: Honolulu

Rachel H.

Rachel H.

  • School: Northwestern University
  • Major: Economics
  • Hometown: Weston, MA

Rachel M.

Rachel M.

  • School: Dartmouth College

Rachel P.

Rachel P.

  • School: Lewis & Clark College
  • Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Rachel P.

Rachel P.

  • School: University of Hawaii
  • Major: FAMR
  • Hometown: Northridge

Rachel S.

Rachel S.

  • School: George Washington University
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: California

Rachel S.

Rachel S.

  • School: San Jose State University
  • Major: Nutrition
  • Hometown: Aptos

Rachele P.

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Rachele P.

  • School: University of Arizona, Pima

Rachelle L.

Rachelle L.

  • School: University of Portland

Rebecca M.

Rebecca M.

  • School: Binghamton University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: East Williston, Long Island
  • I was diagnosed in October of 2011 and studying Biology at Binghamton University on a pre-med track.

Rebecca P.

Rebecca P.

  • School: Carlow University
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Lower Burrell

Rebecca S.

Rebecca S.

  • School: University of West Georgia
  • Major: Early Childhood Education
  • Hometown: carrollton
  • My name is Rebecca Starnes. I am 23 years old and I have Crohns Disease. I have had surgery twice and I am on Humira!

Reid W.

Reid W.

  • School: University of Virginia
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Dallas

Reid W.

Reid W.

  • School: University of Virginia
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX

Ricky D.

Ricky D.

  • School: Trinity University
  • Major: B.S. in Business (Marketing & Management
  • Hometown: Portola Valley, CA
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was in the 1st grade. I had trouble adjusting to life with UC early on and spent time in the hospital twice for a few weeks each time. Since then I have used diet and medication changes to live mostly in remission, though college life isn't always easy to maintain a "clean" lifestyle. I'm looking forward to graduating in May and doing my best to stay healthy until then!

RJ D.

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RJ D.

  • School: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Major: Kinesiology

Robin R.

Robin R.

  • School: Cochise College
  • Major: Health Services
  • Hometown: Tombstone
  • I am 56 years old. I am returning to college to study biochemistry and eventually do research such as the genome project. I have had digestive issues since I was 20. In my early 50's I had colon polyps removed twice and am also a breast cancer survivor. In the winter of 2014 I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.

Robyn P.

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Robyn P.

  • School: University of Washington
  • Major: Public Health
  • Hometown: Washougal

Robyn P.

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Robyn P.

  • School: University of Washington
  • Major: Public Heallth
  • Hometown: Washougal
  • I'm a sophomore at UW and I am studying Public Health with a minor in Global Health. I've had Crohn's disease since I was 13 and have gone through some really rough times with it. However, every surgery and every experience just made me stronger and it's never going to hold me back! The CCFA is such a great community and I am looking forward to meeting some of you guys! Also, if you're in Seattle join the CCFA College Student Forum! Meetings the 3rd Thursday of every month at the UW campus. Email us at uwcrohnies@gmail.com!

Roxanne R.

Roxanne R.

  • School: University of California, Davis
  • Major: Nuerobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
  • Hometown: Berkeley

Ryleigh M.

Ryleigh M.

  • School: Missouri State University
  • Major: Special Education
  • Hometown: Blue Springs

Sam B.

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Sam B.

  • School: Ball State University
  • Major: Acting
  • Hometown: Morris

Samuel C.

Samuel C.

  • School: University of New England
  • Major: Medical Biology
  • Hometown: Scarborough, Maine
  • My name is Sam, I am 21, I have UC and have had multiple surgeries for it. I'm not afraid of any questions and love meeting new people so contact me if you feel so inclined.

Samuel G.

Samuel G.

  • School: Baruch College
  • Major: Accounting
  • Hometown: Forest Hills, NY

Sam H.

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Sam H.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Business Management/Marketing
  • Hometown: Phoenix
  • Hi! My name is Sam and I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2002 when I was in 5th grade… so now that I'm 20, I've had it for officially half of my life! I am now a Junior at Arizona State University studying Business Management and Marketing with a certificate in International Business Studies. In high school, I was student body president and was in a variety of clubs, including: National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, and Salsa Club. When I was younger, I tried Asacol, Immuran, Methotrexate, and the deeded Prednisone to get me healthy. I now am on a Remicade infusion every eight weeks and I've never been healthier!

Sam R.

Sam R.

  • School: Oglethorpe University
  • Major: Philosophy and English
  • Hometown: Dunwoody

Sam W.

Sam W.

  • School: Indiana University Southeast

Samantha B.

Samantha B.

  • School: Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Major: Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Hometown: Wellsboro, PA

Samantha O.

Samantha O.

  • School: Texas A & M Corpus Christi
  • Major: Art
  • Hometown: Brownsville
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in March of 2013 and have been greatly affected both in school and work. There are still a lot of things I don't know about UC but am learning everyday.

Samantha R.

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Samantha R.

  • School: Roosevelt University
  • Major: English Secondary Education
  • Hometown: New Lenox, IL
  • I'm a college junior studying to be a high school English teacher, a baseball enthusiast, and a proud sister of Alpha Gamma Delta

Sami K.

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Sami K.

  • School: Hendrix College
  • Major: Biochemistry Molecular Biology
  • Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ
  • I'm 19 and a sophomore Biochemistry Molecular Biology student at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. At 14, in the spring of my freshman year of high school, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I'm a volunteer counselor at CCFA Camp Oasis (Missouri) and a member of ImproveCareNow's Patient Advisory Council. I've also written about my experiences for the Huffington Post, Gutsy Generation, and ImproveCareNow's LOOP. After undergraduate graduation, I'm hoping to attend medical school and become a pediatric gastroenterologist.

Sara K.

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Sara K.

  • School: John Carroll University
  • Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • I am currently a Junior at John Carroll University and am majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Psychology. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 8 years old and was sick with it three years before that. I have been incredibly lucky with my disease because it has never fully flared since my diagnosis. It has been caught only a few times before a full flare up. Even though I have been lucky, I still realize how difficult and unpredictable the disease can be. I have done research on a new diagnostic method for Crohn's when I was a Junior in high school and would love to continue research during medical school. Having Crohn's has allowed me to appreciate the health I have and not take it for granted. I try my best to go to the gym every day and eat healthy. Having Crohn's disease has only fueled my fascination of the human body and I hope to contribute to the research that is being done on Crohn's and Colitis. Hopefully someday we will have a cure.

Sarah B.

Sarah B.

  • School: University of South Florida
  • Major: Information Systems Management
  • Hometown: Tampa
  • I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in May after a year of flare ups and misdiagnosis. I have been in a flare up for the last 4 months because my body is not responding to the medications. Currently I am on Prednisone, Asacol, and Humira.

Sarah B.

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Sarah B.

  • School: Hanover College
  • Major: Communication and Business
  • I have had Crohns for 8 years and am currently a Junior in College. I have chosen to remain at school despite being on nightly TPN and having 3 surgeries in the last year!

Sarah F.

Sarah F.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Nutrition
  • Hometown: Phoenix
  • I am an Arizona State University nutrition student living with UC.  I love running, reading, movies, and music!

Sarah K.

Sarah K.

  • School: University of Alabama
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Diagnosed at 9 with crohn's. A Junior at Univ of AL.

Sarah M.

Sarah M.

  • School: Western Washington University
  • Major: Human Services Program
  • Hometown: North Bend, WA
  • I recently graduated from Western Washington University and am now living in Seattle! Loving it thus far, but also missing my tight knit support system from school.

Sarah M.

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Sarah M.

  • School: University of California Los Angeles
  • Major: Physiological Sciences
  • Hometown: Anaheim
  • Hi! I'm Sarah, 19 years old, and I've been diagnosed with a pretty severe case of ulcerative colitis for roughly two years now. That hasn't stopped me from achieving my dreams, however! Although I've faced setbacks like having to finish high school later than planned and losing relationships from those that could not handle me at my worst, my life is great right now. I currently attend UCLA as a freshman physiological sciences major (planning to add a minor in neuroscience at some point as well.) I hope to become a gastroenterologist some day to help those diagnosed with these diseases and many more. Please don't be afraid to contact me on Facebook or via email if you wish to connect, I'm excited to talk to you! This disease may be a part of us, but it will never become our definition.

Sarah T.

Sarah T.

  • School: St. Ambrose University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: West Des Moines

Savannah P.

Savannah P.

  • School: Plymouth State University
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Tilton, NH

Shane K.

Shane K.

  • School: Upper Iowa University
  • Major: Marketing
  • Hometown: Stewartville, mn

Shannon R.

Shannon R.

  • School: Lesley University
  • Major: Psychology
  • I have Crohn's and was diagnosed about a year ago.  I am currently on Remicade and immuran. If you have any questions about medication, hospital stays, or you are just looking for someone to talk to, feel free to contact me :)

ShaQuysta D.

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ShaQuysta D.

  • School: Tulsa Communtiy College
  • Major: Pre-Med Biology
  • Hometown: Tulsa
  • I was born in 90 so whatever age that would make me now! I've had UC since 2002. I have been in and out of the hospital for a long time. When my flare is bad, it's really bad; when I'm doing good, life is normal for me. This has definitely made me grow pretty quickly. I had to let go of some friends in my life and find new ones. I definitely have learned that communication with people has made things a little easier. It makes me feel less of an outcast. So I love to dance, go to church, create litlte crafts, workout, watch my favorite shows, and a bunch of other stuff. I could go on and on lol!

Shauna S.

Shauna S.

  • School: University of Dubuque
  • Major: Business
  • Hometown: Knoxville

Shayna S.

Shayna S.

  • School: North Carolina State University
  • Major: Human Biology and Applied Nutrition
  • Hometown: East Lyme, CT

Sondra B.

Sondra B.

  • School: Eastern Kentucky University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Louisville
  • Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2012. Currently just trying to make it through college intact! :)

Staci N.

Staci N.

  • School: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Deerfield
  • I'm a college freshman that was just diagnosed in the summer of 2012. I have lots of stories to share!

Stephen T.

Stephen T.

  • School: Arizona State University
  • Major: Sociology
  • Hometown: Tempe
  • I am a senior at ASU. I have moderate Crohn's disease and do the immunosuppresants. I am here for anyone who needs help or has questions. Add me on facebook or send me an email. I would love to help you and get to know you as well.

Suzanne L.

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Suzanne L.

  • School: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • I am currently a junior at UMass Amherst. I love to do anything that keeps me active and is outdoors! I really enjoy whitewater rafting, take spinning and cardio kickboxing classes, bake, and spend time with my friends. I am a very optimistic, friendly, caring person and I love meeting new people.

Tai B.

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Tai B.

  • School: University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: Business
  • Hometown: New York
  • I'm a rising sophomore at UPenn majoring in Business. I was diagnosed with Crohn's just a few months ago, in the Spring of 2014. On campus, I am very involved in the Mask and Wig Club and the Wharton Undergraduate Giving Society. I love to talk and have a lot of stories to share.

Tamar C.

Tamar C.

  • School: University of California Davis
  • Major: Animal Science
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA

Tatiana S.

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Tatiana S.

  • School: LIM college
  • Major: Fashion Merchandise
  • Hometown: East Rockaway
  • Hey I'm Tatiana I'm 23 living with Crohn's for 12 years. I have my ups and downs with it but I try to stay positive. I would love to meet other people my age with this disease . Peace love and hope.

Tayelor M.

Tayelor M.

  • School: University of California: San Diego
  • Major: Aerospace Engineering

Taylor M.

Taylor M.

  • School: Bucknell University
  • Major: Cell Biology/Biochemistry
  • Hometown: Duncansville

Theodore E.

Theodore E.

  • School: Rutgers
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Hometown: Langhorne,Pa

Teja A.

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Teja A.

  • School: University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Huntsville
  • I'm a senior at UPenn studying Biology. I was diagnosed with UC in July 2008, right after my 9th grade. I'm pre-med and will hopefully be attending medical school next fall. I'm almost your stereotypical Asian, except that I dance (a lot) on an all-male South Asian fusion dance troupe. UC could've kept me down, but my most helpful change in combatting it was changing my diet.

Tess N.

Tess N.

  • School: Bowling Green State University
  • Major: Master of Public Administration
  • Hometown: Bowling Green

Tess P.

Tess P.

  • School: Chapman University
  • Major: Creative Producing, Philosophy, Women's Studies
  • Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Theresa M.

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Theresa M.

  • School: Creighton University
  • Major: BSN in Nursing
  • Hometown: Phoenix
  • Hey! My name is Theresa I am 20 have UC. I was diagnosed with it when I was twelve, and I have been in remission for the past 4 years. I currently am a sophomore Nursing student at Creighton University. I am a Delta Zeta, and this past summer I was fortunate to work at The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, California. I used to attend the camp for CCFA's Camp Oasis!

Ti (Tianyou) X.

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Ti (Tianyou) X.

  • School: New York University
  • Major: Physics
  • Hometown: New York
  • Hi, I'm Ti and I recently graduated New York University with a Bachelor's in Physics. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) at Bellevue Hospital NYC in January 2013. I like to think of my disorder as a blessing. Since my diagnosis, I have developed a completely new relation to food. I'm now much more aware of what I eat and how I nutrition my body. In general I have been able to remain in remission through leading healthy lifestyle. I enjoy being active and outdoors. Over the past few months I have been able resume to the same level of running and training before my diagnosis. And I'm looking forward to get back into competitions! I wanted to share my story because I want to show our disorder can be overcome - never give up!

Tiffany L.

Tiffany L.

  • School: Baker College of Owosso

Tom B.

Tom B.

  • School: University of Michigan-Flint
  • Major: Accounting
  • Hometown: Grand Blanc

Tom B.

Tom B.

  • School: New York University
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Northport
  • I was diagnosed about 3 years ago during my senior year of high school. Being diagnosed changed my plans for college, and instead of heading off to a university, i stayed home to attend my local Community College, but it allowed me to focus more on my studies and eventually attend New York University. I am studying biology now, considering pre-med to research better treatment options for us Crohnies. I feel that any patient of this disease should focus on having the most positive perspective. Without this disease I would have never developed the stern and strict study habits and positive outlook on each and every situation.

Tracy U.

Tracy U.

  • School: Cedar Crest College
  • Major: Nursing
  • Hometown: Whitehouse Station, NJ

Travis R.

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Travis R.

  • School: Yale
  • Major: Physician Associate Student
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh
  • I'm a PA student at the Yale School of Medicine, have had Crohn's since I was 12 and had emergency ileoostomy surgery in 2009. Since then, I've gone from being a long time bicycle enthusiast to spending most of my free time cycling competitively. I was the Yale men's cycling team captain for the 2013 competive year, and am proud to show that there is no limit to what you can accomplish with Crohn's and an ileostomy. gutlesscyclist.blogspot.com

Tristan M.

Tristan M.

  • School: California State Univeristy of San Bernardino
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Riverside

Ty R.

Ty R.

  • School: University of Florida
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Coral Springs

Vanessa G.

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Vanessa G.

  • School: Hillsborough Community College
  • Major: Pharmacy
  • Hometown: Brentwood, NY

Vanessa P.

Vanessa P.

  • School: Florida International University
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Miami

Victoria V.

Victoria V.

  • School: Central Michigan University
  • Major: Psychology & Religion
  • Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
  • I'm a senior at Central Michigan University with a double major in Psychology and Religion, with a minor in Substance Abuse Education. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease during my Sophomore year in college.

Vincent D.

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Vincent D.

  • School: central connecticut university
  • Major: engineering
  • Hometown: old saybrook ct
  • I am almost 21 years old and was diagnosed with colitis when I was 16. Shortly after i was forced to have j pouch surgery

Wendy F.

Wendy F.

  • School: Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Major: American Sign Language Interpreting
  • Hometown: Holbrook, NY
  • Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2009 and had J Pouch surgery Summer of 2012.

William K.

William K.

  • School: Emory University
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX

Zach G.

Zach G.

  • School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Major: Management Information Systems
  • Hometown: Reedsburg, WI

Zachery M.

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Zachery M.

  • School: Walters State
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Mooresburg
  • 19. Diagnosed at 14. Doing better thanks to all the support I have received. Now its my turn to give back.

Zachary L.

Zachary L.

  • School: University of Washington
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Hometown: Stanwood, WA
  • Just a college student living with Ulcerative Colitis that is studying to become a pharmacist.

Zack S.

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Zack S.

  • School: University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: History
  • Hometown: Jamison
  • I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in the second grade so I don't quite remember life without it. I go to the University of Pennsylvania; class of 2014. I am majoring in History with an American History concentration and minoring in American Sign Language. My long time girlfriend Jessica Leva also has Crohn's Disease. She is a great support system for me when I'm not feeling great and I'd like to think I am a good support system for her as well! I have been an athlete all my life and my life basically revolves around my rowing at this point. I was recruited by the Lightweight Rowing team at the University of Pennsylvania and love it. It is hard with my Crohn's because I have to diet pretty hard and suck weight to be able to weigh in at 160 pounds to race (naturally, my weight is around 183). The extreme dieting, weight loss, dehydration on weigh in day (every Friday in the Spring; less frequently throughout the rest of the year), and the general stress and lack of sleep that comes with college cause my Crohn's to act up. Staying in peak physical condition all year round is tough while trying to keep my disease in check, but being a Junior, I feel like at this point I have figured out a pretty good system that works for me. That being said, if anyone has any questions or needs advice on dealing with athletics and IBD, especially sports that require fairly strict diets and especially at the collegiate level and beyond, feel free to ask!

Zaria M.

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Zaria M.

  • School: Central Connecticut State University
  • Major: Technology Management
  • Hometown: Uncasville Connecticut 06382
  • My name is Zaria Margolis. i was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease on March 8th 2006.

Zibby B.

Zibby B.

  • School: University of Mississippi
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Paducah

Zjhadae D.

Zjhadae D.

  • School: Santa Monica College
  • Major: Audiology
  • Hometown: Los Angeles