Britten Creasor, 27, is a freelance writer living in Raleigh, NC. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2012 at the age of 22, days before her college graduation. After being diagnosed with Crohn’s, she underwent close to 30 surgeries between 2012-2015 to drain a stubborn abscess that wouldn’t heal. Finally, after numerous hospitalizations, bushels of medication, countless infusions, and miserable flare ups, Britten decided to take her life back. On August 19th, 2015, she underwent surgery to place a temporary loop ileostomy with hopes it would help her find some semblance of normalcy. Nearly a year later, the temporary ileostomy was made permanent. After surgery, Britten is living a quality of life she never dreamed would be possible without her bag. Her life goal is now to spread awareness of Crohn’s and break the stigma of living with an ostomy. She has chosen to share her story, with hopes that it will help others struggling with a chronic disease or living with an ostomy.