Teen With IBD Conquers 13.1 Mile Marathon For Crohn’s Disease And Ulcerative Colitis

Teen With IBD Conquers 13.1 Mile Marathon For Crohn’s Disease And Ulcerative Colitis
shutterstock_204625693Chayla is a beautiful 16 year old girl. Although she is missing her hair and might look like she is going through cancer chemotherapy, she is not. She is one of the 1.6 million people in the United States living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). "Even though l lost my hair, have missed over 3 months of my junior year of high school, and have been stuck in the hospital for nearly two months, I am trying to keep a smile on my face. I haven't felt well in 10 months. I almost forget what it feels like to feel normal. But I know this isn't forever. I am a fighter and I will not lose this battle," said Chayla in a press release. Chayla received a diagnosis for ulcerative colitis when she was only 8 months old. Her everyday life is full of debilitating symptoms associated with her condition. Even with that heavy burden, she ran 3 half-marathons and raised $14,000 thanks to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's (CCFA) Team Challenge endurance training program. Chayla
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