I was diagnosed with UC when I was 12. After a lot of trial and error and a long hospital stay, I had my colon removed in 2008 before most kids my age or myself really understood what was happening. Turned out I had Crohn’s disease and I needed more medications and more surgeries. Fast forward about 13 years and I’ve had 15 abdominal surgeries including 4 temporary ostomies. My 4th temporary ostomy is my current ostomy and I’m definitely proud of it! We’ve been together since 2017 and she saved my life, allowed me to graduate with honors with my undergraduate degree, and continue to live amongst a lot of people who love me.

Thank you! Talia