Amber Tresca was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 16. After 10 years of active disease, medical therapy failed and she underwent the 2 step j-pouch surgery (removal of the large intestine and creation of an internal pouch from the last part of the small intestine).
Amber was a copy editor and staff writer for a major medical publishing house that produces specialty medical journals for physicians. She also served as group web producer for the same publisher, working on several web sites that provide clinical information for healthcare providers. In addition to her advocacy role, she works as a freelance writer and editor for medical web sites and publications.
Amber graduated with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the Lymann Briggs College at Michigan State University. She also has a background in programming from Norwalk Community College.
After my gastroenterologist found severe dysplasia in my colon, I realized how little I knew about my disease, and how dangerous that was to my health. I hope to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and other digestive conditions, as well as reach out to patients like me who are in need of news and accurate information.