Stories of IBD Heroes

Our heroes demonstrate true strength and courage when they open up about their lives and share their IBD journeys. The following stories are meant to inspire and empower you and remind our patients that they are never truly alone.


Kelly's Story

Kelly's Story

Kelly Crabb experiences the worst of her pain in her gut and joints. Diagnosed with Crohn’s when she was 15, Kelly has lived with the pain caused by IBD and several other autoimmune diseases for over a decade.

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Larry Nance

Larry Nance, Jr.'s Story

Larry Nance Jr.’s Story

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when Larry Nance, Jr. didn’t play sports. However, in the years before he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Larry suffered from debilitating fatigue, causing him to have no energy to do anything, including practice or play sports.

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Jacklyn's Story

Jacklyn’s Story

Three years ago, Jacklyn Green was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After learning about the disease, she expected the physical symptoms that became her new norm. However, what she wasn’t prepared for was the depression, self-esteem issues, sadness, and loneliness that accompanied her diagnosis.

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Will's Story

Will’s Story

After a decade living with ulcerative colitis, Will Lanier’s disease began to flare-up. He sought advice from a new doctor and underwent a colonoscopy to find out what was going on. He never expected to face a major complication of his disease or be told that, at 28 years old, he had colon cancer.

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Taking on motherhood and Crohn's

Natalie's Story

Through my patient journey, I’ve experienced countless hospitalizations, flareups, tests and maintenance medications. Each setback and time my body failed me, made me questions whether I would ever be able to bring a life into this world.

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Eleven Years

Laura's Story

My journey with Crohn's has been far from pleasant and not something that comes up in regular dinner conversation. I was almost ashamed of it for a long, long time and wouldn't even tell my closest friends about it.

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Becoming a Stronger Person

Shawn's Story

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis almost seven years ago. In 2010, I was attempting to enjoy my senior year of high school and third year playing tennis.

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Laura Jane Walker shares her story

Stronger Because of UC

Laura Jane's Story

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the fall of 2015. That year, I had put off tests and doctors visits as I was uninsured at the time.

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Cal Shockley

Return to the Pool After J-Pouch

Cal Shockley's Story

My active, outdoors loving, nine-year-old son Cal was having a wonderful week at a boys’ wilderness day camp seven years ago. What could be better than bows and arrows, canoeing, and jumping off rope swings into a creek? After the last day of camp, we noticed a rash on Cal's legs.

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Kristine Fulco

10 Years Ever After

Kristine Fulco's Story

My much healthier half, James, has been a part of my life for most of my 12-year battle with ulcerative colitis. He was around for the tears, the pain, and all my different treatments and diets to try to keep me in remission.

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Mitchell Dinse

Waking Up from the Darkness

Mitchell Dinse's Story

My journey started when I was a normal 14-year-old boy in his eighth grade year of school. I was very active in sports, student council, band, and choir. I began having IBD symptoms in the spring of 2009.

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Andraa’s Story

Andraa’s Story

A few years before I received my ulcerative colitis diagnosis, I was a social work graduate student at West Virginia University.

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Chicoya Smith

I Won’t Be Defeated

Chicoya's Story

It all started during my sophomore year in college in 2011. I was leaving class nauseous and very weak. My mom, who was 200 miles away, met me at the hospital.

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Courtney Romero

Courtney’s Crohn’s

Courtney’s Story

My name is Courtney and I have been battling Crohn's disease since 2014. It has been quite an undesirable journey, but the disease won't keep me down!

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Nicholas Ruffini

The Challenge Fuels My Ambition

Nicholas' Story

I was very active in high school. I played pretty much every sport I could - I did martial arts, football, track, cross country, and basketball.

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Pete Stavros

Fighting IBD is a Team Effort

Pete's Story

My story begins on March 21, 2011, when I was rushed into an empty operating room late at night as a surgical team scrambled to come together to remove my colon and replace it with an ileostomy.

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Rena Munster

Me and Rita: UC to Ostomy

Rena's Story

When I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2008, it was easy to fall into a mode of feeling isolated and alone during periods of flares.

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Samantha Rittenberg

20 Years and Counting

Samantha's Story

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was four-years-old. I was the third generation in my family to be diagnosed, so my parents were ready for what we were going to face.

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Samantha Rynearson

An Unpredictable Journey

Samantha's Story

My name is Samantha Rynearson. I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in January 2013 after an entire year of tests, labs, scopes, and more.

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Jessica Ulrich

Shining Bright with Crohn's Disease

Jessica's Story

My name is Jessica and I have Crohn's disease. That sounds odd to say, it's like I have a second part to my name, Jessica, Crohn's disease.

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Jana Rosenberger

Managing Life with Crohn’s

Jana's Story

I woke up one day to the worst stomach pain imaginable back in the summer of 2015. I was vomiting uncontrollably and didn't understand why.

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Breanna Bzura

Conquering Crohn’s

Breanna's Story

Growing up, I've always had some sort of issue with my bowels and stomach pain. Over the years it subsided, but during my junior/senior year of high school, I started having many issues.

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Shaun Campos

Shaun's Story

Shaun's Story

While I wish that I made more people aware of my ostomy throughout some of my formative teen and young adult years, I never felt like I had to shout, “hey, I have an ostomy!” from the rooftops because life with an ostomy was well -- just regular life.

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Rishika's Story

Rishika's Story

Rishika was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer when she was just 33 after living with ulcerative colitis for 11 years.

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Amy's Story

Amy's Story

This disease will always be a part of our lives, and knowing that I'll never have to try to explain it to Terrell has always been a special kind of blessing in our relationship.

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Dylan's Story

Dylan's Story

I have embraced that I have ulcerative colitis, and carry it with me as something I can build strength from. I want other people who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis to see that they can continue to do the things they love, regardless of what people think.

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Keri's Story

Keri's Story

Ever had one of those days when you look in the mirror, stare at your body, and hate what you see? Me too. In fact, that’s been my experience for most of my 29 years of life.

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Scott's Story

Scott's Story

I have learned that the most powerful tool we all possess is our voice, and through it we can work together to find a cure.

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Lilly's Story

Lilly's Story

Everyone has something they carry with them. It comes in all different forms. Sometimes it’s glaringly apparent from the beginning, other times it may take a while to surface. Life is unpredictable.

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