Jill was diagnosed three years after watching Jamie live with ulcerative colitis. Although she was devastated by the diagnosis, watching her sister persevere helped her maintain a positive attitude. She lived with minimal symptoms and was able to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy without any major flaring. Following the birth of her daughter, she became extremely sick and ended up taking time off from work to focus on her health.
In 2007, Jill had surgery to remove her colon and had her reconnection surgery three months later. Since her surgery, Jill has had some complications, including fistulas and inflammation, but she has been able to maintain a great life with her thriving career, daughter, and husband.
After such a long journey filled with hospitalization, surgeries, and much more, Jamie and Jill decided they wanted to get involved and raise awareness and funds for Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. We are active nationally with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for more than a decade.