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When a Doctor Assumed I Didn't Have IBD Because I'm Asian American

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Susan Sontag once wrote, “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.” To be chronically ill is a (quite literally) never-ending battle, one that always seems to pull me back into darkness just when I feel as though I’ve made it out.

I often feel that my body is an accomplice to its own pain. However, I have found immense strength in reflecting on my story, on the very roots that inform who I am.

In June 2020, in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease.

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