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For Jacqueline Hunter, life started unraveling when she was in college.

“There was a lot of blood any time I went to the bathroom, that’s when I was like ‘hey, that’s something not right.’”

Jacqueline was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis- a gastro intestinal disease that often begins when people are in their late teens or early 20s.

“Inflammation or colitis can be due to infection or it can be due to unknown cases and it’s unknown causes of idiopathic causes that is termed ulcerative colitis,” says Dr. Douglas Wolf.

The symptoms are pretty specific.

“Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding.”

And for patients like Jacqueline, these symptoms don’t just occur once in a while.

“To truly have ulcerative colitis, one needs to have symptoms on a chronic basis and that would be at least for a few weeks, some would say for a few months.”

It’s a tough disease to live with.

“It hurt so much that you don’t want to go anywhere.”

And in Jacqueline’s case, the first medicines she tried didn’t work. However, a clinical trial that she’s participated in for the last three years turned her life around.

“So the clinical trial made it to where I could have a job, I could move around, I could do anything that I want to do.”

Dr. Wolf thinks the future looks good for Jacqueline and others who have the disease.

“Every year there are new agents that are being approved."

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