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Every patient has a story.

The "I'm Not Average" campaign features fellow Americans whose lives have been impacted by treatments and cures for debilitating, chronic, or rare diseases.

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I'm Not Average: Hannah C.

Condition:
Crohn's Disease


Age:
23


Location:
Austin, Texas


Research and awareness gives me hope. It means that others understand what I am going through.


Growing up, I spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices trying to find out what was wrong with my digestive system.  Finally one of my doctors suggested I be tested for Crohn’s Disease but suggested that since Crohn’s is so rare, it was unlikely that I had it. After receiving the test results, I discovered that I did have Crohn’s Disease.

After years of guessing, at age 17 I could finally research my diagnosis on the internet, identify my symptoms, and find others who share my experiences. It was a relief to understand what was wrong with me, but it was still stressful to always be aware of available food options and public facilities while starting my freshman year in college.

Over time and through my medical treatments, I have gotten involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Through this work, I have been able to assist people who have received their initial diagnosis to better understand the disease and its impact.   

Research and awareness gives me hope. It means that others understand what I am going through. I provide blood for clinical trials and I know that, even in the small time since my diagnosis, so much has changed for the better, and I can be a part of that change.

Condition:
Crohn's Disease


Age:
23


Location:
Austin, Texas

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