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AUDIO: Pageant Winner Abby Ryan Shares Her Crohn's Disease Experience

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Let’s talk about Crohn’s disease, a chronic, progressive, and debilitating inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal–the GI tract--affecting more than 500,000 people in the United States. Hi, this is Todd Hartley.

And I am Wendy Hartley, and we’d like to introduce you to Abby Ryan.

Yeah, Abby is a beauty pageant contestant and winner, and she has been battling the debilitating gastrointestinal condition since she was 14 months old.

Most recently Abby won a $10,000.00 scholarship for people with Crohn’s disease who are living beyond the boundaries of their disease, and she is using the money to go back to school to earn her Master’s to become a reading specialist. Abby, welcome to EmpowHER.

Abby Ryan:
Thank you for having me.

Abby, we are really honored to have you, and you have just done such a wonderful job advocating for patients with Crohn’s disease.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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