Macy Stahl (Virginia) - NCCL Advocacy Chair
School: University of Virginia
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
My name is Macy Stahl, and I am a senior at the University of Virginia. I have always been fascinated by science, and my experiences with IBD have inspired me to pursue a kinesiology major on the path towards a career in exercise physiology and clinical research. During my time at UVA, I have become fascinated by the impact that lifestyle factors like physical activity and nutrition can play in someone's journey with Crohn's. I plan to continue my studies after I graduate by studying the impact that these lifestyle factors have on inflammatory conditions like IBD. My personal journey with IBD began when I was diagnosed at age eight. I was quickly launched into a confusing world of medications, doctors, and symptoms. Through the years, my journey with IBD has had many highs and lows. From hospitalizations to frightening biologic reactions, Crohn's has been a tough beast to fight, but I have also gained immense strength and lifelong bonds as a silver lining. Over time, I have made the effort to not let IBD dictate my actions, but I have allowed it to drive my passions. Through my years with Crohn's I have recognized the power of community in fighting a chronic illness. These experiences have shaped my desire to cultivate a community of awareness that reaches all those who have been diagnosed with IBD. Although all of our stories may be vastly different, we are all in need of support and love.