Sara

Patient Leader

The name Sara is pretty common so ask for the one without a rectum and you'll find me! ;-p I have Crohn's disease, a rare disease called chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and had surgery to have my large intestine removed. I started my advocacy on YouTube and could have never imagined it would lead my life in this direction.

Location

Ypsilanti, MI

Finalist

Rookie of the Year Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: YouTube

Winner

Hilarious Health Activist Lifetime Achievement Award Best in Show: Pinterest

There's nothing better than a Sara Ringer YouTube video. With each video she brings, knowledge, inspiration, hope, and a whole lot of funny!

Sara/Inflamed and Untamed is advocating for others 24/7.  — kathy

Sara donates so much of her time in outreach for adults and children with IBD. She is active with Camp Oasis and with young adults with Crohn's and UC.  — sue

She (Sara Ringer) is very though and inspiring many, many people, not only people suffering of Crohn's disease, also other people with chronic illnesses!  — Andrea

I had the pleasure of meeting Sara Ringer at the midwest Get Your Guts in Gear bike ride, a ride to raise awareness and funds for Crohn's and Colitis.  — Lisa

I had the pleasure of meeting Sara Ringer at the midwest Get Your Guts in Gear bike ride for Crohn's and Colitis earlier this year.  — Lisa

Because she's awesome of course. Changed the way I thought about my disease.  — Adam

Inspiring, gutsy and tells the truth as it is. Not just the shiny and nice, but the awful and disparing as well.  — Christy

Sara is an advocate for people suffering from IBD, which is Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. Sara herself suffers from Ulcerative Colitis and she has had such a hard time battling with her health through many surgeries and hospital stays.  — Jemma

Sara's got the best IBD blog there is. She is a combination of so many great things- she draws people in with genuineness and empathy. She is open and real about her experiences with Crohn's.  — Megan

Sara's video blogs and website page are a constant inspiration to others suffering from IBD because of her extraordinary humour, courage and honesty. She never sugarcoats the truth about what she has gone through, while at the same time, demonstrating the hope that comes from strength and empathy.  — Pearl

There isn't a person who's been through more and who uses that experience to help everyone she can. Sara is the most awesome person/advocate/human being.  — kathy

Sara's YouTube videos are what got me interested/involved in the online IBD community. She is funny, informative, and frank. She was the first one who made me think, it's okay to talk about this (IBD), giving voice to unmentionable symptoms, problems, suffering.  — Gloria

Despite Sara's ongoing battle with Crohn's Disease, she continues to help others with her YouTube channel, her blog, online forum discussions, and volunteering at various Crohn's events around the country. She is one of the best advocates for IBD awareness today.  — Nancy

Sara is beautiful, inside and out. She inspires me to cope with IBD and many others as well. Her videos are inspiring and informative.  — Jerry

Educational and funny. Honest and brave. Real and dedicated. Important work improving others lives.  — Christy

Sara discusses that undiscussable topic - inflammatory bowel disease with kindness, caring, and humor. She is a camp counselor at Camp Oasis and she brightens the souls of every life she touches.  — kathy

Because everything Sara does on behalf of the IBD community is beyond awesome :-)  — Stephen

Great blog and twitter feed, does a bunch to raise awareness and provide support to many.  — Mike

Because she is an inspiration and a guiding light to us who suffer from crohns  — james

Sara is a great person. She is very sick with intestinal issues yet she devotes so much of her time to uplifting others in similar straits. Sara is not a part time advocate. She engages with her advocacy with all her energy and passion. She is a truly dedicated. Additionally, she is hilarious. I've had to hit the pause button on her videos just to finish out a laugh many times. Watch her video on what not to say to someone with Crohn's Disease - hysterical. I can't imagine another person more worthy than Sara for the 100% commitment she has made to being an advocate for herself, and far more importantly, many others.  — Eli

Her brave, inspiring, and funny videos have helped me tremendously through my struggles with chrons. They are so informative and helpful that I will forever be grateful to her. She really is my hero! Thanks Sara  — melanie

She inspires me I was diagnosed with uc in 2009  — Myisha

Inflamed and Untamed is a blog that I read every week. Sara is fun and easy to relate to, she is realistic about IBD, but also optimistic. There are a hundred websites that will give you the medical facts about Crohn's disease, but Sara's posts also approach other topics that are really relevant to those living with it - self esteem, body image, depression and alcohol to name a few - on top of giving accurate information about medications etc. It's always good to read on a down day as it can make you see the funny side and remind you that there are others with the same (and much worse) problems!  — Lizzie

Sara has helped me deal with my illness. She has brought me encouragement, laughter and hope. She has been through way more than most could ever imagine and is more than fully qualified to help others out there who are suffering. Thank you, Sara, you've made a huge impact on my life.

Sara's videos are not only informative but also entertaining. The same applies to her blog. Her support page on Facebook has been an invaluable resource to me and countless others.  — Katryna

Sara's videos on YouTube have helped me understand how to talk about my disease to family, friends, and strangers. She inspires me to educate myself and be an advocate in my own life. Plus, she is really funny!  — Rana

Sara was the first IBD advocate I came across, and inspired me to start my own blog. She works across platforms despite her own significant health issues, and is very informative, sharing what she has learned at the various conferences and events she attends. Sara is also great at challenging misinformation - much needed in the IBD community.

Sara has been a voice of reason for those with rare diseases, as well as the IBD community. Her resources, time spent in collaboration w/other patients & her unwavering dedication towards patient education helps others along their journeys. Despite serious health crises, Sara works hard to educate others to advocate better for themselves.  — Kelly

As an Inflammatory Bowel Disease patient, I find Sara Ringer's youtube channel both relatable and educational. Her channel was the first that I found (several years ago) that not only had accurate information (hard to find online), but presented it in an endearing way. Sara works tirelessly to help others with IBD learn to live with their illness.  — Dan

Sara does a fantastic service for us that live with crohn's disease and ulceratitive colitis. What I like about her is that she doesn't run from tough topics and always listens to our needs. She covers subjects from emotional support to informative sessions. Sara takes on things that a lot of us find too embarrassing to tackle ourselves.  — Jerry

Sara is a Health Activist Hero as she tirelessly advocates for the IBD community not only with her online presence but also by personally attending conferences & other IBD related events.  — Ryan

Sara reached out to me about a month before I underwent a subtotal colectomy. Without Sara's authentic, encouraging (and hilarious) e-mails, I would have had so much more anxiety prior to such a life changing operation! Sara shows us all that it's possible to live freely and joyfully in the midst of such adversity. She is a true warrior and friend!

I met Sara 2 years ago at a health convention and I'll never forget these two things: she was wearing a Bart Simpson Shirt and she was on a mission for donuts. As I friended and scrolled through her social media I realized how much she smiled through and for that very reason I nominate her. Everyone should be as badass and HUNGRY for life.

Sara

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