Enjoy this interview with Tina Aswani Omprakash. When Crohn’s disease derailed her career and educational goals 17 years ago, she rose from the ashes and celebrated her graduation this summer from the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and gave the commencement address.
Her battle with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) rendered her unable to work until she mustered up the courage to pursue a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and change careers.
Throughout her journey, Tina’s undergone more than 20 surgeries, had four near-death experiences, and today is passionate about advocating for the chronically ill and disabled.
Through her blog, Own Your Crohn’s, she welcomes everyone to “Own your Crohn’s. Own your IBD. Own your chronic illness and/or disability. Own everything that might not fit societal norms and give it a voice. Because what knocks us down can make us stronger, fiercer, and more united if we let it.”
Links from the show:
- Own Your Crohn’s: https://ownyourcrohns.com/
- South Asian IBD Alliance: https://www.southasianibd.org/
- SAIA IBDesis: https://www.southasianibd.org/ibdesis/
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