My name is Emily and I am 33 years old. In 2012, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called ulcerative colitis. Beginning in 2015, the disease has gotten more severe, continually interrupting my life and plans. I started this blog to write about my experience dealing with chronic illness in the hopes that I could help others who might be in similar situations.

This disease is hard sometimes, but it has helped me to appreciate the joy in life and approach each day with gratitude. It has made me stronger and more courageous.

I am still learning how to accept and live with a chronic illness. I hope you will join me on this journey.

Me in front of the inflatable colon at the CCFA Take Steps walk in June 2016.

Me in front of the inflatable colon at the CCFA Take Steps walk in June 2016.