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
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
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