Sneha Dave

At age 6, Sneha was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that directly affects the large intestine and disrupts the entire body’s equilibrium. Throughout elementary school, she had numerous procedures and repeated doses of steroids. Her disease dramatically worsened when she reached middle school, and by high school, she underwent a colectomy to remove her entire large intestine. Later on, Sneha had a second surgery in which her small intestine was built into a j-pouch (mimicking her colon), and her life has now improved. Through all of these struggles, Sneha has come to realize the value of life; to enjoy the small things that are invisible to most.