Freshman Activist Conversation about Crohns

Freshman Activist Conversation about Crohns

When freshman Catherine Hartman was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005, she says it was not the end of the world—rather, it was the beginning of a journey in which she decided to take charge of the disease and become an advocate for its awareness.

I remember taking part in a walk that my doctor told me about, and I haven’t stopped since then, Hartman says.
Crohn’s Disease is a of the near the colon, slightly similar in symptoms to the disease colitis, and although they affect different parts of the tract, the two are primary forms of , she says.

According to WebMd.com Crohn’s disease can be hereditary, but it could also be the result of an abnormal immune system reaction to bacteria. The website states doctors are unsure of the exact cause. The main symptoms are diarrhea, and weight loss, although some people also experience sores and bowel blockages.


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When freshman Catherine Hartman was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005, she says it was not the end of the world—rather, it was the beginning of a journey in which she decided to take charge of the disease and become an advocate for its
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