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!