High school years should be highlighted by laughter and happy memories.

Yet Michael Artigues remembers being 16 and suffering from excruciating stomach pain that caused a dramatic weight loss of 40 pounds and a hospitalization that left a blurred memory of many pain killers.

Vanessa Franco was continually exhausted in high school, suffering from constant diarrhea and recurrent abdominal cramps. 

Michael and Vanessa’s painful journey eventually led them to a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. 

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