COMMUNITY VOICES | Brave young woman fights for cure

Aria Simone Love is in a lot of ways your typical seven year old. She loves to play with her friends, she loves to color, and she loves to match outfits with her American Girl doll. Unfortunately, unlike many seven year olds, Aria has ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are bowel afflictions that affect nearly one in 200 people in the United States. The diseases involve an inflammation of the lower intestine and symptoms include frequent trips to the bathroom (sometimes over 20 times a day), stomach and gut pain, and diarrhea.The diseases affect people of all shapes and sizes and do not pay attention to age, sex, or race – though it is common for people to be diagnosed when they are young adults. Continue Reading