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My chronic illness was only taken seriously when it made me thin

Posted: December 14 2020

By Hattie Gladwell “You look so poorly, you poor thing,” friends and relatives would say as a concerned look spread across their faces. I was 19 and had just been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. I’d been underweight for years and the disease became so severe that it perforated my bowel. Because […]

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Why I’m striving to change the healthcare experience for black and brown people with IBD

Posted: December 1 2020

I was really tired. I thought I could stop the bleeding like I had in the past — eat more kale. Yes, I thought it was that simple. In the past, when I noticed bleeding from my rectum, I would go on a heavily green diet and the bleeding would go away. As a child, […]

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