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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!
I have had Crohns/Colitis since January 2002.
I am an Information Technology major at FIU doing my best to not let ulcerative colitis hinder my studies!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ashton's innate desire to seek out those stories that often remain untold brought her to discover and cultivate her passion to promote the human rights of vulnerable populations, whether that be refugees, Holocaust Survivors, or people with disabilities. After personally dealing with a chronic disease for much of her life, Ashton was driven to generate awareness for those individuals who often feel silenced by their conditions. This very personal experience strengthened by her extensive volunteer work in every tier of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, encouraged Ashton to serve on the organization’s National Council of College Leaders, culminating in the founding of her own support group and piloting of national awareness initiatives.
As a fourth year International Development Studies major and Disability Studies minor, Ashton translated her passion for the disability community into an immersive learning experience by spending the semester in Washington DC as an intern for the National Council on Independent Living. While working in policy, Ashton spearheaded the organization’s briefings to Congress and advocated for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Ashton has extended her passion for advocating for vulnerable populations into her work as the director of Bearing Witness, an intergenerational program bringing together UCLA students and Holocaust Survivors over bimonthly lunch sessions to promote greater genocide awareness. As a storyteller and advocate, Ashton remains committed through her leadership role in the Writing Success Program as a writing counselor for students originating from underrepresented communities on campus.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I am an assistant professor in the Education department at MWSU. I was diagnosed with Crohn's 18 years ago.
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.
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.
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! :)
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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! :)
VCUarts student from Maryland.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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. :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I was diagnosed four years ago with Crohn's disease and am going to medical school to hopefully become a gastroenterologist.
I was diagnosed at age 12. I love meeting new people and would love to answer questions/meet new friends (:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
Buckeye with Crohn's disease
Senior at Naz studying Psychology and Gerontology. Diagnosed with Crohn's in May 2008, still waiting for remission :)
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!
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. :)
I’m Julie, a senior nursing major at Villanova University, from Bethesda, MD. I’ve been involved with the CCFA for five years, since my diagnosis with Crohn’s as a junior in high school. I’m involved in both the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia chapters and have been on the National Council of Collegiate Leaders for three years. I’ve been involved with the DC chapter’s Take Steps walk, which is one of my favorite awareness and fundraising events. This year, I am so excited to be their Honored Hero!
I've also participated in Day on the Hill, where we lobbied to congressmen and women on behalf of the CCFA. I strongly encourage anyone to join us this coming May, because the experience was extremely eye opening and I learned so much about CCFA, research on IBD, and legislation! Now for a little about myself, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was sixteen. The ups and downs have been tough at times, but I’ve learned more about myself than I ever thought possible and have gained a new appreciation for life through it all. I also have been lucky to meet some of the greatest people I know through the CCFA. I know that a place like Campus Connection would have helped me a lot when I was first diagnosed, so I hope this is a site where you can feel that “you are not alone.” The support and advice from other teens fighting IBD is exactly what could have lifted my morale. Since then, I’ve realized how precious good health is, and I’ve decided that IBD won’t rule over me as it once did.
I know how strong I’ve become from the fight against Crohn’s, and as youth, I know we all have the ability to help each other fight and become stronger, and make a difference in the world of IBD.
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.
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.
Senior in college living with ulcerative colitis.
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.
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!
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! :)
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!
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. :)
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Actively pursuing adventure since 1991.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Recently diagnosed with Crohn's, animal lover, interested in film, alternative music, vintage, theater, tv, literature and more!
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!
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.
I am an Arizona State University nutrition student living with UC. I love running, reading, movies, and music!
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 :)
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!
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.
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