Patient stories

  1. Ann Strom

    Back to Her “New Normal”

    As a 14-year-old, Ann Strom understandably had knots in her stomach about starting her freshman year of high school. These knots, however, did not go away. Following several weeks of abdominal pain, Strom and her parents began to suspect that her upset stomach was more than the result of nervousness or flu. After a series [...]

  2. Mary Diderrich

    Crohn’s Disease and Pregnancy

    When I walked into Dr. Sunanda Kane’s office at Mayo Clinic, I was crying. I had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease not long before, and I was devastated by the news. I know some people who have Crohn’s, and they were not doing well. I had one baby and knew I wanted to have another, [...]

  3. Sam and Laura Kirstein standing next to bikes

    Guts to Glory

    Sam and Laura Kirstein first met in college where they both were runners on the school's athletic teams. They had one other thing in common: both had been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Sam had ulcerative colitis; Laura had Crohn's disease. And for both, IBD soon halted their active lifestyles. As their symptoms worsened, [...]

Aug. 13, 2014