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.