Marisa

Patient Leader

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.

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best Kept Secret Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Blog
Marisa

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