Natalie (Sparacio) Hayden, 36, is a former TV news anchor living in St. Louis. Her mission in life is to be an advocate for those battling inflammatory bowel disease and to show that a chronic illness doesn’t have to dull your sparkle. Natalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in July 2005, two months after graduating from college. After several hospitalizations, countless medications and flare ups, she underwent her first surgery in August 2015. 640A0815Natalie and her husband Bobby have two children, Reid and Sophia.

The blog covers everything from overcoming struggles to celebrating small victories. Now that she’s a mom, Natalie enjoys sharing stories about pregnancy and motherhood in hopes of comforting and empowering others. Stay tuned for weekly articles every Monday. Keep swimming, friends!

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