More than 1.4 million Americans suffer from a disease of the digestive system.
There is no known cause or cure for Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis.
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 diagnosis. It started to eat away at my life until all I could do was deal with my illness.
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.