In addition to her weekly IBD News Today column, Intestinal Fortitude, Emmeline Olson is a freelance Communications Specialist, providing writing, editing, and graphic design services to her clients. With a Master's degree in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin, she worked in the industry for more than 15 years before joining the advertising faculty at Texas State University in 2010.
She recently resigned from her teaching position to focus on her health after receiving a liver transplant in 2017, more than 20 years after being diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune liver disease. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2006 and is in remission.
Emmeline (an Auburn University fan) and her husband Patrick (a University of Alabama fan) live in a house divided in Austin, Texas, where they enjoy watching SEC football and spending time with friends and family. For fun, Emmeline brandishes a sword and hunts people for body parts – but not at the same time. She's a Kyo Sa Nim (2nd degree black belt) in Mu Sool Won and an advocate for organ donation through Donate Life and UNOS.
With renewed health, Emmeline is determined to advocate for patients and educate the public on the impact of living with chronic and autoimmune diseases. She dedicates her work and her life to the 30-year-old woman who made the unselfish decision to be an organ donor.
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