School: Butler University
Major: Chemistry (Pre-Med)
Hometown: Saint Joseph, Michigan
HI! My name is Nathan Marohn and I am a sophomore at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am majoring in Chemistry on a Pre-Medical track with a minor in Biology. This is my second year on the NCCL Board and I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my voice with the IBD world and make a difference! I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was in 6th grade (12 years old). I was on numerous medications and constantly in and out of the hospital. At the start of my freshman year of high school, I had to have surgery due to my body developing antibodies against all of my medications and I was left with no more medication-therapy options. I ended up having my large intestine, appendix, and all but 0.5cm of my rectum removed and I lived with an ileostomy for almost all of high school. Now, I have gotten rid of my ostomy and feel awesome! This terrible 9 year battle with my Ulcerative Colitis really opened my eyes to how severe a disease like this can be and to what extent it can have on an individual's life both physically and mentally. By joining this board, I feel like I am able to share my story on a much bigger scale and help spread awareness about this disease so that individuals do not have to go through what I had to go through during my teenage years of life. I want to be an advocate for the IBD community as a whole and I am passionate about making change in the IBD world!