Natalie Hayden

Patient Leader

Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden, 34, is a former TV news anchor with Crohn's living in St. Louis. Her mission is to be an advocate for those battling inflammatory bowel disease and to show that a chronic illness doesn’t have to dull your sparkle. Natalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2005. After several hospitalizations, countless medications and flare ups she underwent her first surgery in August 2015. Natalie shares insight on how her disease impacts life as a newlywed and a new mom. Her blog, "Lights, Camera, Crohn's: An Unobstructed View" covers everything from overcoming struggles to celebrating small victories. Natalie's focus is to inspire others and connect with those batting IBD.


St. Louis, MO


Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Instagram

Natalie does an excellent job of sharing her posts/articles throughout all of her social media channels & has somehow mastered doing so w/o being "spammy!" Every article Natalie writes is one that any IBD'er can relate to. She's an incredible wife, mom, friend, and activist to/for SO many. Lots of love for this lady and her always adorable photos!  — Kenzie

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards


Rookie of the Year

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Community Rookie of The Year
Natalie Hayden

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