“I feel like a big part of my story has been finding joy and success despite the difficulties ... My faith has been a really big part of my journey with Crohn’s," she said. "In a weird way Crohn’s has been a huge blessing in my life because it has taught me that I can be strong. I can have joy even in the midst of the pain of Crohn’s.”According to Dr. Narendra Kumar, an associa
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a debilitating condition. It causes extreme discomfort, a number of health complications, and can greatly reduce one's quality of life. A college student diagnosed with Crohn's disease has chosen to take control of her disease, and serve as a source of information and inspiration to others. Texas A&M communication senior Bridget Riley was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 5 years ago. Since then, she has been an active member of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) North Texas chapter, helping raise funds and awareness for research on this type of IBD. Because of her dedication to her advocacy, her hometown of Tyler named her 2014's "Honored Hero." This award goes to individuals whose story serves as an inspiration to others.