When I was nine years old I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. This was back in 2003. So I have been a patient of IBD for the past ten years. I was diagnosed with a disease that my family and I never heard of. I ended up in the hospital for six weeks and had 6 blood transfusions, three plasmas, and a feeding tube. I was so scared. I was nervous to go back to school, because I knew no one understood what I was going through. About a year later I finally meet people who were going through what I was going through. I feel the best treatment is to know someone who is just like you. After I met so many people who were going through what I was going through, I became a totally different person. Ten years later I am so proud of my disease. I do a lot of work with CCFA and I am an advocate for children suffering from IBD. IBD is a disease that unfortunately does not have a cure for, but right now a great treatment is to know you are not alone. I am proud of my disease and I will continue to advocate and try to make the world better for children suffering IBD. Right now I am studying to be an Adolescent Psychologist who focuses on children with IBD. I wish for a better life for all IBD patients.