Teenager with Crohns aims to help others overcome stigma

Global News

A brave local teenager is sharing his story about a life-changing disease in hopes of helping other children suffering from similar symptoms.

Dylan Stinson looks and acts like any other 14-year-old boy, but that wasn’t the case just one year ago.

Back then, he was lying in a bed at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, awaiting a major surgery.

“Dylan was very sick leading up to his surgery. He was 63 pounds and nearly 14 years old. He looked like a skeleton,” said his mom, Natasja Barlow

For years, doctors told the family Dylan was nervous, or that he had irritable bowel syndrome. But his parents thought it was something more. At age 9, Dylan was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

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