More than 1.4 million Americans suffer from a .

There is no known cause or cure for Crohn’s disease or .

One Platteville family knows first-hand the effects of these diseases and is taking steps to find a cure.
Ashley Snyder was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis while a student at Platteville High School.

I had been having ‘bathroom issues for some time, she said. It took doctors a while to come up with a . It started to eat away at my life until all I could do was deal with my illness.

, including , helped some but the disease progressed to the point where Snyder had to have her entire colon removed at the UW Hospital in July 2010.

After that, I missed the next 2½ years of university, recovering. I was finally able to attend school part time this semester,” says Snyder, a Media Studies major at UW–Platteville. “It took a lot to get back to being able to function in daily life again. I’m so excited to have been able to do just a few classes this past semester.

Taking Steps To Fight Crohn’s Disease

About Robert Hill

I founded IDEAS Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, from my home base in Vancouver, British Columbia. Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society IDEAS is established to raise public awareness of intestinal diseases in order to help remove the stigmas associated with these illnesses. The programs of IDEAS help children, youth and young adults learn to live full lives, find acceptance and gain confidence.

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