My name is Katherine Raderstorf, I'm from Columbus Ohio, and I'm currently at senior at John Carroll University, majoring in Human Resource Management. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 13. I never thought that my struggles with IBD would lead to such positive and remarkable opportunities.
Crohn’s Disease has shaped my life in such an amazing way. I’m no longer ashamed or embarrassed about my disease because it led me to this council, helped me to discover my passion and allows me to create life-long friendships with other patients who understand exactly why this organization is so important to me. Being a part of the NCCL has truly been a life changing experience for me. I am inspired everyday to be a voice and an advocate for those with IBD because so often the voices of those suffering from these diseases are not heard. Without a doubt I have found that having a strong network of support is the most important thing as a patient with Crohn’s Disease. I am incredibly blessed with the constant support of my friends and family members. Having these people in my life, as well as being involved with CCFA, is what has gotten me through the hardest times with my disease. Participating in events such as Take Steps and Camp Oasis, I am constantly inspired by the perseverance and strength of the IBD community. I continue to learn so much from others who suffer from these diseases, those who care for them, and those who support them. Each time I meet someone new who suffers from IBD, I am impassioned to support and encourage them. Improving the lives of others with IBD has truly become my passion and I know that with everyone working together, someday we will have a cure.