All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...or makes him spiral into the depths of madness like in The Shining. To keep myself sane, I brandish a sword and hunt people for body parts for fun...but not at the same time. I'm a Kyo Sa Nim (2nd degree black belt) in Mu Sool Won and an advocate for organ donation through Donate Life and UNOS. The former wouldn't be possible without the latter.
I was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune liver disease, when I was 23 years old and Crohn's disease right before I turned 33. I battled chronic illness for more than 20 years before my liver finally failed, and I received a liver transplant in 2017. I'm alive because a 30-year-old woman and her family made the unselfish decision to donate her organs. Six months after my transplant, I was able to return to practicing martial arts, which I had to quit in 2016 when my health declined. The physical and mental exercise has been a tremendous help in my rehabilitation and recovery. In December 2018, I earned my 2nd degree black belt.
With my renewed health, I'm determined to advocate for patients and educate the public on the impact of living with chronic and autoimmune diseases..
Welcome to “Intestinal Fortitude: A Survivor’s Guide to IBD.” My name is Emmeline Olson, and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease almost 13 years ago. My health journey actually ... Read more
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