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From IBD to IVF: How Crohn's Affected 1 Woman's Fertility

Susie was told pregnancy could kill her—but she persevered and had a healthy baby. Here’s what she learned.

Susie Lemmer and her baby
Susie Lemmer and her daughter, EmmieCourtesy of Susie Lemmer
    "A doctor told my mom that if I ever got pregnant, I would die."
    Susie Lemmer with husband, Alex and daughter, Emmie
    Susie Lemmer with husband, Alex, and daughter, EmmieCourtesy of Susie Lemmer
    "You want to be excited, but you're terrified.”
    Mandy Patterson

    Mandy Patterson

    Mandy is a patient expert and advocate for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She started down the road to advocacy after receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in 2013, after experiencing complications of UC since 2010.

    She’s a full-time technical writer and technical writing instructor for Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional writing. For her master’s thesis she wrote about the quality patient education materials for those diagnosed with UC, and the need for technical writers in the IBD medical field.

    Mandy is a Social Ambassador for the IBD HealthCentral Facebook page.