Molly Roberts’s life changed when she was 11-years old after being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus (as opposed to ulcerative colitis which only inflames the large intestine), causing a wide variety of symptoms.
“I experienced intense stomach pain, unbearable fatigue and weight loss.” Roberts stated. “Most people would think that the news would be devastating to a sixth grader who is barely old enough to understand. But those who know me best would say that it opened up my mind to new opportunities to make this world a better place."
Additional complications from the disease can result in anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration, and can even lead to colon cancer in patients in the long-run. It should also be noted that, like Molly, nearly 25% of people with IBD, are diagnosed during the childhood or teenage years.
Now 15, Molly is using her voice to find cures for the 1.4 million Americans suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndroms (IBD) with the release of her single "Champion," a song she wrote about her struggles with Crohn's disease, which she will perform for a crowd of family and friends at The Saloon in Manhattan on May 2nd. The song is now available on iTunes, and all proceeds from the new single will be donated to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
"If I choose to focus on the negative, I could tell you what it feels like to be anemic all the time, to go for blood tests every three months, to feel different from other kids my age, but that would be a
waste of my time. So I will tell you about the positive instead. Crohn's Disease has given me a unique perspective on what is important in life and a desire to help others who experience bumps in the road," she continued.
In addition to using her music to spread awareness about Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, the talented teen also sells her own line of handmade jewelry (Jewelry by Molly Roberts) with proceeds going to IBD research.
Readers interested in supporting Molly and the IBD community can download her single at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/champion/id857813417?i=857813619&uo=4
You can also see the video for her single at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vij_pN2mV7E