I am a 28 year old girl who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 13, and since had 14 major operations. I have been in and out of the hospital due to many complications, blockages, and usual UC symptoms.

Marisa_WestPointUntil about two years ago, I kept everything inside. My parents were the only ones who knew what I had been through and have/had to deal with each day.

Thanks to some wonderful friends, I have been able to finally open up and share who I am with the world. I see how important it is, if not necessary, to go through this journey with a support system. I understand how difficult it is to open up, but also in hindsight now see how truly devastating is was/is for me to have kept it all inside for 12 years. I want to help those who are suffering, and let people know that they are not alone.

I am very open to making this blog interactive so please feel free to email me at Marisa@journalingIBD.org if you have any questions about me, my story, my posts, anything IBD related, or are just looking for support. If I can’t help you, I will point you in the direction of someone who can : )