What it's Like to Live with a Rare Autoimmune Disease

Imagine trying to get through your college finals and finish writing your thesis, all while being unable to get out of bed. It’s the reality Global Liver Institute founder Donna Cryer faced when her inflammatory bowel disease got so bad that she needed her colon removed—and a liver transplant.

Here, in her own words, Cryer shares what it looks like to live with a life-threatening disease while still maintaining a full life. Her story is one of resilience, strength, and self-care.