Our mission is to improve the quality of life for BIPOC who are affected by IBD, Digestive Disorders and associated Chronic Illnesses; through Community, Research, Education, and Advocacy.
My name is Nastassja Brown. I was born, raised, and still reside in Atlanta, GA. My diagnosis of Chron’s Colitis was formally made in November 2019 after 2.5 years of doctor visits and testing. I am very excited to be a COCCI ambassador as COCCI has provided so much information and insight on the IBD for for people of color.
My name is Ava. I am not a patient, but I am a caregiver, supporter, friend, confidant, and, most importantly, daughter. My mom was diagnosed with UC before I was born. Growing up with a parent diagnosed with UC presented challenges in all ways but most importantly mentally.
I am so full of joy that we found this organization, because it has made life just a tad bit easier. Knowing that there are other individuals that are just like us and that there are people researching and doing what they can to understand these diseases and the effects that they have in black and brown patients to hopefully help others not endure as much pain as my mother and family had to endure. With this organization we have Hope.
My name is Rhys. With over ten years of experience, including two Crohn’s operations, I’ve learned that being resilient and observant helps me respond to my ongoing IBD battle.
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