When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 13, it changed my life in so many ways. But mostly, it made me lose who I was or had any chance at being because I felt such a need to keep what I was going through a secret. I became the master at being fake & pretending everything was fine. About a year and a half ago, I couldn't take feeling so isolated and reached out to the wonderful people who are in the IBD community. I shared my story, and started my blog a week later. My advocacy is geared towards people who are feeling lonely and not able to share their struggles with the people in their lives.
I’m a Patient Leader