Nathalie Garcia


Nathalie Garcia was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was just 16 years old following an accident during high school. Before her diagnosis, she was extremely familiar with IBD as her brother almost lost his life due to ulcerative colitis following a misdiagnosis from lack of medical testing. As a result, she grew passionate about improving health literacy and patient advocacy from realizing the flaws in accessing specialized medical care firsthand.  Nathalie is now a Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network Fellow and hopes to share her story with other members of the IBD community to reassure others they are not alone. Her experiences with multiple medications and the psychological and physical effects of IBD have increased her awareness of how IBD affects those diagnosed on a spectrum. She hopes to pursue a career in healthcare and continue her advocacy journey alongside Lyfebulb to inspire others to find hope in spite of their chronic illness and advocate for innovative resources for those with IBD.