The Comical Colon

Patient Leader

Hi friends! I’m Jenna—a girl with ulcerative colitis and I want to reach out to others on their own colitis or Crohn’s Disease journeys! With the dream to bridge the isolation that these diseases can bring, I dive into the visceral, the optimistic, and the raw that my colon has showed me along my comically imperfect journey. I'm celebrating my five-year diagnosis anniversary this September in 2019! Exactly half a decade ago, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis: a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory bowel disease. My roller coaster of a ride has taught me so many things about my body and disease management—including how to give myself enemas, how to ask my college for special arrangements, and learning how to act quickly after I pooped my pants in Walmart! There's no way I could not share these stories on the internet, knowing they could help and encourage others out there. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Gali Health—a start-up tech company designing an AI-powered app to help IBD patients proactively manage their disease. The Gali Health team is passionate about including the patient voice throughout the design process; I help gather stories, thoughts, and insights from the public so the app's algorithm can capture the variability and uniqueness of everyone's health journey. Ultimately, my disease has redirected my life and career goals in ways I could have never imagined (and in ways I don't regret). Because of my chronic illness, I've left my career in human resources to pursue something I'm much more passionate about: patient advocacy and health writing!

Location

Chattanooga, TN

Nominations

Hilarious Patient Leader Best in Show: Blog Best Kept Secret Rookie of the Year

Sharing my IBD journey through The Comical Colon began as a therapeutic hobby and a way to help others feel less alone. Now, I've realized that chronic illness writing is more than a hobby—it's my calling. Please help me spread The Comical Colon name so those in need may always find encouragement, practical tips and tricks, and sensible chuckles.  — Jenna

jenna is a hardworking dedicated advocate who share knowledgeable accurate information in the ibd community i wish her much success  — myisha

She is pursuing life changing connections to those with ulcerative colitis and has begun to make great strides making those impacts. Not only has she suffered through the experiences and side effects of having ulcerative colitis and through medications for it, but inspires others to keep pushing along with her positive attitude.  — Holli

Jenna has been through so much! Instead of giving up she has decided to embrace what she has had to deal with by helping herself and others. A strong role model!  — Anna

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