I'm Joshua – a 21-year-old Stanford senior. I was diagnosed with Crohn's in the 7th grade and have been, for the most part, in remission since then (I've been on Remicade pretty much continuously). Most people don't know that I can roll my stomach – I'm a pretty open book, so that's all I got!

Since I've only experienced Crohn's-related symptoms 2-3 times in my life, whenever I have any GI symptoms or problems, I always get anxious that "the Crohn's has come back." It can be mentally exhausting at times, but luckily school keeps me busy and distracted.

I must complete a senior project for school, and I'm hoping to work with ImproveCareNow to develop a research question and use the network's data to answer it! I think it's vital that the research questions we ask and answer directly benefit patients (like me!). I hope to use the PAC as a resource for finding the "right" questions to ask.

Though it was never my original goal, I think I'll benefit from meeting others with IBD and from hearing their stories. I think it will be comforting to know that I'm not the only one going through the psychological pain I sometimes experience.


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